Sony interactive entertainment, the developer of the PlayStation series, released the PlayStation 4, some years back. And since then, people have been enjoying what it offers. Even some modifications have been made on the PlayStation 4. Quite many people are still trooping in to get a feel of what it is offering. So, if you want to know more about the cool features and description of PlayStation 4, do not worry, for this article has got you covered.
The PlayStation 4 Hardware
The PlayStation 4 makes use of Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), which is developed by AMD in association with Sony. It also has 8GB of double data rate type five synchronous graphics random-access memory (GDDR5), and that is 16 times more than the amount of RAM found in PlayStation 3.
The read-only optical drive can read Blue-ray Discs at a speed, three times that of the PlayStation 3. With the PlayStation 4 500GB Hard drive, it allows for external USB hard drives of up to 8TB for external storage.
The PlayStation 4 also has Wi-Fi and Ethernet capability, Bluetooth and two USB ports. There is also an auxiliary port where the PlayStation Camera is connected. The PlayStation 4 system includes a mono headset for your DualShock 4.
The PlayStation 4 app
With the PlayStation 4 app, you can interact with games on your Television, update your PlayStation 4 on the latest hit games, chat with friends and invite friends to a game challenge.
The PlayStation 4 app gives you a second-screen experience, as it allows you to keep in touch with your PlayStation 4, purchase PlayStation 4 titles from your PlayStation 4 Console and download them remotely, and stream live videos of other gamers, all from your Android or IOS device.
If you want to get the PlayStation 4 app on your iOS or Android device, go to your device’s native app store to get a copy.
The DualShock 4
The DualShock 4 is a wireless controller which looks a lot like the previous variation of the DualShock series, but with improved features and incorporating fresh ways to interact with games and other players. It has a much improved dual analog sticks and triggers, which can provide you with a great sense of control.
It also comes with a color-banded bar at the top, which can be used for motion tracking, provision of visual effects and feedback on games.
There is also the capacitive touchpad, located in the middle, which gives you the potential to endless gameplay possibilities.
The DualShock 4 is powered by a non-removable rechargeable battery, and you can charge it by using its micro USB connector.
Although the DualShock 4 communicates with the console via wireless means, the revised version of the DualShock 4 allows for connection via a USB connection.
Linking up PlayStation 4 with your PS Vita
The PlayStation 4 also provides a feature which allows you to link up your portable PS Vita with the PlayStation 4 system. The portable PS Vita can serve a secondary player and will be able to carry the display to the portable screen. If you want to link up and use the PS Vita device, ensure your firmware is up to date and also activate remote play with your PS Vita device.
So, on your PlayStation Vita, you will be able to remotely play supported games around your house or away from your house. Sony hopes that in the future, the PlayStation Vita will support all PlayStation 4 games.
The PlayStation 4 Vita now has remote play functionality for computers that run on Windows 8.1, Windows 10, OS X Yosemite and OS X EI Captain.
Sharing your Gameplay on PlayStation 4
One of the features of PlayStation 4 is the sharing capability. The sharing capability allows you to share pictures and videos of your gameplay on some social networks like Facebook, Twitter and so on.
The DualShock control has a “share” button that helps you with that sharing of screenshot and videos of your Gameplay. You just have to cycle around the last 60 minutes of your recorded gameplay, to select the video or screenshot you want to share.
So, if you are ready to show off your game mastery to others, hold down the share button on your DualShock control; a sub-menu will show up, and from here you can share either your gameplay screenshot or video to Facebook or even share with people on your PlayStation 4 friend list.
You also have the liberty to copy the videos of your gameplay to USB flash drive, and then uploading them to any website or social network of your choice.
The share play allows you to transfer the control of a game to a friend as if the friend was in the same room with you. You might be stuck at one part of a game that is proving difficult and would like to get help from a friend; the share helps you pass the control of the game to a friend that is even far away, with the friend viewing your screen for up to 60 minutes in a session.
To share play, press the “share” button on your DualShock 4 controller and select “start share play” from the share menu. The next screen, where you can invite a friend, will show. If the friend accepts, a connection will be created between your PlayStation 4 system and your friend’s, and the session will start.
To hand over the controller to your friend, press the share button on your DualShock 4 controller and go to Party for share play. Then, select the “give the controller to a visitor”. In the next screen that follows, you can select “allow the visitor to play as you”.
To take the control back, press the share button to bring out the share menu and then click “Take back controller”.
Live streaming your Gameplay
With the PlayStation 4 system, you can broadcast your gameplay live via supported platforms like Twitch, DailyMotion, Ustream and so on. Thereby, allowing friends and the public to comment on the Gameplay from their web browsers or devices.
You can also get to watch live gameplay which your friends are playing, and even get to spectate on them.
How to switch apps on PlayStation 4
Switching between apps on your PlayStation 4 is much easier. You can switch between apps by double tapping the PlayStation home button. This action will make the system switch between the new app and the previous app you used.
The PlayStation 4 revision
PlayStation 4 has been revised to PlayStation 4 slim and PlayStation 4 pro.
The PlayStation 4 slim hardware has a smaller structure compared to the original PlayStation 4. In fact, it is said to be 40% smaller in size than the original PlayStation 4. It also has the optical audio port removed.
As for the PlayStation 4 pro, it has an improved hardware, with 4K rendering, and also an improvement
in the PlayStation VR performance. It also has an upgraded GPU and a hardware support for checkerboard rendering.
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