While you’ve been going nutso in your favourite games, there’s a chance that you may not have delved into the useful features inside your PS4 yet. If you have, well done you. If not, don’t worry, we’ve cherry picked some of the best things for you to muck around with.
The PS4 has a load of cool features and here are some of our favourites. If you have your own that we’ve missed, leave a comment and we’ll add them to the list!
Quick Switch Between Apps
If you need to switch between apps quickly – so, say you’re playing a game and you want to go look up some cheats for it – instead of messing around with your phone, you can swap between apps by double tapping the PS Home button. That means you can get from a game to the browser without any faff.
A lot of people find the Xbox One’s voice control thing a bit creepy, but if you’ve been wanting it for your PS4, you can! You’ll need a PlayStation 4 Camera and, with it installed, go to Settings, then Login Settings and select Enable Face Recognition. Then, you’ll go to Face Recognition Management and complete the set-up. You can also use the camera’s microphones to issue voice commands so you can speak your way through the menus and the like. For that, hit Settings, System and select the Operate PS4 With Voice option. For voice commands you can do that without the camera – you’d just need any microphone connected to your console.
Save Money And Power
Want to save how much power your PS4 is using? Go into the console’s settings menu and find ‘Power Save Settings’ where you can set your PS4 to shut down after periods of inactivity. Great if you’re the kind of person who would fall asleep while playing games, meaning that the thing isn’t left on all night.
Standby Mode Tips
This is well known, but worth mentioning for you console newbies. In standby mode, you can enable auto downloads and uploads which means you don’t have to put up with tedious timebars. Go to Settings, System, Automatic Downloads and Uploads and then access Settings, Power Save Settings and Set Functions Available in Standby Mode. Now, when you turn your PS4 on to play games, you won’t have to wait for a load of updates or whatever, as it will have already done them.
You can also charge your controller in standby mode, which is great seeing as the new Dualshock 4 has a pretty crappy battery life. To switch this on, go to Settings, Power Save Settings, Set Functions Available in Standby Mode and tick the box for Supply Power from USB Ports.
Are you the kind of person who likes to make walkthrough videos or what have you? Well, as well as the fact that the PS4 continually records your previous 15 minutes of gaming automatically (which is great), you can also enable microphone audio recording through the Share menu. Go into the options, hit ‘Share Settings’ and ‘Video Clip Settings’ and you’ll see the option for ‘Include Microphone Audio in Video Clip’.
Save Hard Drive Space
You can upload system data to online storage or a USB drive, which is nifty. Go to Settings then Application Saved Data Management and you’ll find a straightforward menu for uploading and downloading data.
Want to take a screenshot of your game? Well, you have to press and hold the share button for a few seconds normally, but there’s a tweak you can do to streamline the whole process. You can change your setting so that a brief tap of the share button creates a screengrab and holding it down loads up the share app. To do this, open the share menu, hit ‘Options’ and go to ‘Share Settings’. From here, choose the ‘SHARE Button Control Type’ and go through your options. If you like showing off your gameplay, this will save you loads of time.
If you plug a pair of regular headphones into your DualShock controller and adjust the settings on your PS4 after holding down the PS button, you can listen to the game without having to mess around plugging your ‘phones into the telly or having to much about with wireless audio.
Someone called Ordnance Survey, recreated 224,000 sq km of Britain using 83 billion blocks, with each block representing 25m of actual real life Britain.
The map is available on the site so that people can put their address in and see what their area looks like and witness actual roads and houses and that.
The original Minecraft UK map was created by intern Joseph Braybrook over two weeks in September 2013. Now Mr Braybrook has joined the Ordnance Surveys, he has now updated the map.
Braybrook said that increasing the scale of the map had made it more detailed and given it a “more expansive appearance that is closer to real life.”
“I’ve attempted to re-create Great Britain to be more realistic, while maintaining the gameplay elements people love from the game,”
Ordnance Survey announced that the one-gigabyte map would be made available for download for users to play on. The original version has already been downloaded more than 100,000 times.
So you can go to your neighbourhood and do whatever it is you do on Minecraft in your actual endz.
Or at least it has in the world of video games, which now shows that women account for 52% of all gamers in the UK.
That’s an increase from the 49% of three years ago.
This has been driven by 25-to 44-year-old women downloading free puzzle-type stuff and trivia game apps onto their smartphones, according to a report from the Internet Advertising Bureau UK (IAB).
According to a survey of over 4,000 individuals, half of the women in this age group cited puzzle, trivia and word games as their favourite genre, compared to one third of respondents overall.
Steve Chester, director of data and industry programmes at the Internet Advertising Bureau said: “The internet and mobile devices have changed the gaming landscape forever.”
“They’ve brought down the barriers to entry, making gaming far more accessible and opened it up to a whole new audience. In the past you needed to go out and buy an expensive console and the discs on top to get a decent experience, now you can just download a free app.”
The average gaming Briton who games spends six hours per week playing games, across three different devices.
The study also reveals there are now more people over 44 years old playing games than children and teenagers, with 56% of the 45-54 age group, 44% of the 55-64s and 32% of the 65-74s admitting to have played a video game in the last six months, the mucky herberts.
Now, where’s the rage from men spitting their Wotsits out saying “oooooh, they’re not proper games!” and saying that they haven’t met any women who play games via their dirty Call of Duty headsets?
Microsoft have been shopping and have bought Mojang, who own Minecraft. The computery GIANT has shelled out $2.5 billion (£1.5 billion) for it too.
The Swedish-based company Mojang’s popular Minecraft has sold over 54 million copies, and lets players build structures in their own little world, but can connect up with other users and have battles and the like.
Mojang’s three founders will leave the company – possibly to build a house made out of gold – but have assured fans that “everything is going to be OK”.
It is hoped that now owning Minecraft will be enough to woo anyone who is on the fence about owning one of Microsoft’s Windows Phones, but the company have assured gamers that Minecraft will still be on all the other platforms.
Minecraft is one of the top-selling apps on both Apple’s iOS store and and Android’s Google Play, and has recently been released for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It was the third most popular console game last month, too, according to market research firm NPD Group.
Mojang, who’ve been knocking around since 2009, made over $100 million in profit in 2013, and has a staff of 40. Microsoft said the Mojang team would join its game studio, which is responsible for titles such as Halo, Forza and Fable.
Microsoft chief executive, Satya Nadella, said: “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”
While everyone in the know is getting a cheap PS4 or Xbox One from our Deals of the Day, there’s good news for football fans as FIFA15 is due out, which means, basically, new kits and boots for people to salivate over.
Of course, there’s going to be a load of tweaks and other subtle improvements, which non FIFA players won’t at all understand. And some FIFA lovers might not really understand it either. Doesn’t matter. Once you’re in with EA’s famous football franchise, it hooks you in like you’re a smack fiend.
The latest is that there’s going to be improved AI for the goalkeepers.
As you can see from the trailer, EA has promised that goalies will be smarter and more realistic, and not only that, they’ve utilised Team USA and Everton’s Tim Howard to talk about it.
No. He doesn’t do a load of involuntary swearing, you monsters.
Is FIFA 15 going to be the best one yet? We’ll find out when it gets released in September. Will it be the same as all the others, but everyone will buy it anyway? Of course it will.
This billion-odd are watch 6 billion hours of video, and 40% of them are watching it on mobile devices [as an aside, anyone who makes their videos unavailable on mobile devices should be beaten with a rubber hose and left unconscious in the street as an example to anyone else thinking of doing it - Ed].
YouTube channels have grown by 80.5% in the last year, according to new data published by online video industry site Tubefilter and analytics firm OpenSlate.
Tubefilter’s Top 100 rundown of the most viewed channels saw that they collectively raked up 9.46 billion views in July 2014, up from 5.24 billion the year before.
No.1 is some herbert named PewDiePie, whose monthly views have gone from 221.6 million to 438.9 million.
Let’s see what all the fuss is about, eh?
DisneyCollector, are at No.2, racking up 268 million views in the month, edging it past Shakira’s frankly pathetic 226.6 million views. Seems some people think her hips do lie.
In fourth place there’s gaming effort Stampy (199.6m views) and The Diamond Minecart (186.1m views) gets fifth. Gaming is still quite the thing though, with content generating 4.34 billion viewings in July.
They’d been in a bidding war with Google for Twitch, which allows gamers to broadcast live streams from PCs, XBox and PS4 consoles of themselves playing video games.
Twitch, who we banged on about here, also run gaming events and redistributes content from Joystiq, Gamespot, and Destructoid, Manvsgame and more.
Twitch also has 55 million visitors, which might have something to do with the keen interest from both companies.
This is seen as another step in Amazon’s strategy to big up their entertainment services, and video games are a big old market where cash literally grows on trees (especially in the online game ‘Cash Trees’ where you play a tax-dodging entity having to hoover up as much cash off trees or something).
But what has Jeff Bezos to say, hmmm?
“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon, and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month.”
Tens of millions. Bet his pants tightened at that.
The British intelligence agency GCHQ, have launched an online game to test whether you’d be any good at stopping a fictional attack.
GCHQ are hoping to find some masterminds among the gameplayers, and then use them, USE THEM FOR THEIR MINDS.
And it’s not a piece of puff, winners of previous missions have gone on to work at the agency.
In the game, called ‘Assignment: Astute Explorer’, users must protect a fictitious aerospace technology company threatened by imminent attack from imaginary cyber terrorists called The Flag Day Associates. There’s even YouTube threats and all sorts. Fancy that!
The story goes that fictitious company Ebell are concerned about the threat of an imminent attack and have asked GCHQ operatives (the public playing the game) to assess the scale of the threat. Sounds like fun.
If you fancy your chances at, you know, one day possibly saving the world, head here.
“THE BASTARDS!”, some of you cry.
The Playstation Network will be off at 5.40pm and won’t be back until 0.50am Tuesday.
PlayStation users will be unable to access the PlayStation Store, PSN account management and Network account registration.
Entertainment services and online gameplay will also be unavailable, and you won’t be able to sign into PSN via the PlayStation website.
So, you know. Go outside. Visit friends.
Finally put those shelves up.
Flappy Bird lovers unite, for the creator has announced a new game which will entertain you in a way that is so frustrating that you might chew your own hands off!
The brilliantly named Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has come up with a new time-wasting bit of addictive nonsense in the form of Swing Copters.
The scrolling game demands its players to tap to make a character, handily wearing a propeller hat, fly from side to side, while avoiding troublesome platforms and hammers.
It’s out on August 21st as a free download, and there’ll be the option for players to pay 69p via an in-app thing which lays off the adverts.
Poor old Dong got it right in the neck when he took Flappy Birds down in February, after he was a bit concerned at how huge it had become.
Online critics gave heavy shade, and even – you big people – death threats were being thrown at him. He did however remain unkilled long enough to launch Flappy Birds Family on Amazon’s set-top box thing.
So anyway. Put down those weapons and rejoice again!
Using the family business card, Daniel Holmes managed to make 77 payments to the Xbox Live network.
Naturally, dad Ian hit the roof, and called the police when he discovered the payments on his card statement.
Daniel made 77 payments to Xbox live, which came to £2,400. With interest this totalled £2,800, North Devon Magistrates’ heard on Friday.
While Daniel had an investment in the family business, and had the card legitimately, once confronted by his dad about it, did not deny it, but admitted that he couldn’t pay it back.
Tim Hook, defending Daniel, said: “The defendant continued to use it, on each occasion buying Xbox games and carrying on a form of gambling which increased into a relatively substantial sum.”
His father asked him to repay it. He said he was extremely annoyed and “could hit him”".
He also realised that Daniel – then unemployed – would be unable to pay £200 a month. Hence a court case. Holmes Jnr, of Ilfracombe, Devon, was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay compensation of £2,097.88.
Don’t let your children use your credit cards. That’s the blindingly obvious lesson here.
Californian Douglas Ladore is taking Sony to court as he reckons they falsely advertised the native resolution of the multiplayer mode in Killzone Shadow Fall as 1080p
Mr Ladore boo-hoos that Sony is guilty of, “negligent misrepresentation, false advertisement, unfair competition and fraud in the inducement” for various claims from the company that a ‘native’ 1080p resolution was present in the game’s multiplayer.
Going on to shade them with “Unfortunately, Sony’s marketing and on-box representations turned out to be nothing more than fiction.”
Sony have always said that Killzone Shadow Fall runs at native 1080 and 60fps in both its single and multiplayer modes. However the game actually uses a thing called ‘temporal reprojection’ to achieve this 1080p image from a lower resolution render.
This ‘temporal reprojection’ lark tracks the position of pixels and manages to predict where they’ll be to form a higher-resolution new frame.
Obviously Ladore is having none of it, claiming how this is more a “technological shortcut” rather than an actual native to the game as he claims advertised.
There’s getting upset about something and then there’s going through the process of thinking “yes, I’m going to sue this company for their LIES” and then doing so.
Some people eh? They need to go outside and have a minute.
Well not anymore they aren’t, they are quite literally back. Back. BACK.
Indeed, the entertainment retailer has been apparently winning shoppers from the supermarkets, according to entertainment industry data findings.
The retailer grew its share of CD, DVD and video game sales in the UK from 13.6% to 14.7p% in the 12 weeks to July 6, allowing HMV to reclaim second place in the market from Tesco.
These latest show that although HMV’s market share has fallen slightly year-on-year from 15.1% to 14.7%, which is primarily due to store closures, it grew quarter-on-quarter.
Which is all good karmically, seeing as it was the antics of the supermarkets that caused most of the collapse at HMV in the first place.
The remaining 125 HMV stores are now said to be very profitable, but also this could also be down to supermarkets not really giving much of a shit about CDs and DVDs like they used to, with most of them relying on guaranteed sellers such as Now compilations and Ed Sheeran rather than focusing less on Top Ten-oriented acts.
Amazon still remains the largest entertainment retailer in the UK though, with its market share growing from 20.2% to 21.8% during the 12-week period.
They might see even more success if they think about reducing the cost of albums though…
EA have announced that they’re launching a subscription service for the Xbox One, which basically means that, for a monthly fee, you’ll get access to some of Electronic Arts’ games for $4.99 a month. The service will be launching in Europe soon.
If you are willing to pay for a Spotify or Netflix subscription, is this any different? Or do you see this as an awful development in gaming?
You can either pay $4.99 per month, or an annual subscription of $29.99, say Gizmodo.
The service is called ‘EA Access’ and you’ll be able to choose games from ‘The Vault’. There’s four main games to pick from initially, notably, FIFA 14, Peggle 2, Madden NFL 25, and Battlefield 4.
On top of that, those signed-up with EA Access with get a 10% discount when purchasing any digital content from EA on the Xbox One. So that’s things like Battlefield 4 Premium and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Subscribers will also get access to new releases “up to five days before the release date.”
A beta version is being introduced to some Xbox One-havers this week, and there’s no word of a roll-out as yet. Either way, what do you make of this?