The PS4 has a wealth of awesome secrets that make it one of the most compelling consoles to ever be released. It’s already stolen the hearts and minds of millions around the world, and while you probably already play your PS4 daily, there are likely some neat little secrets that you are unaware of. Use the following secrets to get the most out of your PS4, and impress your friends with the secrets you have learned. Don’t worry, we won’t tell them that we told you!
Login With Your Face
If you have a PS Camera hooked up to your PS4, you can actually login with your face. Of course, you will need to calibrate the camera to allow it to recognize your face going forward, yet this is fairly painless. Hook up your PS Camera, then go into the ‘Settings’ menu, select ‘Login Settings,’ from the system menu, then enable the ‘Face Recognition’ option. Finally, select the ‘Face Recognition Management’ option and choose ‘Add Face Data.’ The next time you want to log into your PSN account, simply sit in front of the PS Camera and hold a controller, and you will be logged into your PSN account without the need for a password. This is an added layer of security that can also keep your information secured as well, so not only is it neat, it’s also a method for staying safe.
Cleaning Up After Guests is a Breeze
Of course, your friend are going to want to play your PS4 for the next few months before they buy one of their own. If you’re like me, you don’t mind your friends playing your PS4, but you hate the thought of them logging into your PSN account and playing on your profile. Alternatively, you also don’t like the thought of them creating a new profile strictly for offline gaming on your console. Sony understands your pain, which is why they have included a new ‘Guest’ account feature for the PS4. Simply select the ‘new user’ option when you boot up your PS4 and select ‘play as guest.’ Once the PS4 shuts down, the guest account and all of its data will be erased, ensuring that your PS4 remains clean, tidy, and nobody has to play on your profile!
Charge While Sleeping
When you are ready to go to sleep, it’s important that you put your console to sleep as well. There really is no reason to power it off anymore – rather, entering it into ‘standby’ mode is the best route to take. Very little power is consumed while the console is turned off – and besides, it can perform a ton of useful actions such as charging your controller. To ensure your controller (or controllers as the case may be) charge overnight so they are ready for use the next morning, select ‘Settings,’ ‘Power Save Settings,’ ‘Set Functions Available in Standby Mode.’ From here, you can choose to enable the if the USB ports are allowed to be in use while the system is in Standby mode, which allows your controller to charge via USB.
Use Motion Control to Type via the On-Screen Keyboard
Are you tired of using the D-Pad to type? Then use the DualShock 4’s motion sensor to type instead! Simply ‘point’ your controller at different letters, and watch the letter become selected! It’s a bit difficult to become used to, but once you get the hang of typing while pointing your controller at letters, this will certainly become the go-to method for typing on the PS4. Supposedly, Sony is working on ‘touchpad typing,’ so typing may become even easier down the line.
Double-tap PS Button to Navigate to Last App Used
Some of you probably know this trick, yet for those that don’t, it’s going to save you a lot of time going forward. If you find yourself switching between playing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and the Netflix app most of the time, you can switch between the two by double-tapping the PS button to return to the app.
There are an abundance of other secret PS4 tricks, so I’ll turn it over to you guys. Which cool PS4 secrets have you found that you want to share with everyone? Tell us in the comments below!
Article by - Dusty W.
Insert Date: 12/17/2013