If you branded a new game console this festive season (or any other time), you'll want to get it going as quickly as possible – here's how to get started with your PlayStation, Xbox, or Switch, as well as how to customize your new gaming machine and explore some of its features.
Sony PlayStation 4
1) Download the companion applications
Sony offers PlayStation apps for Android and iOS, and it's worth installing them when you start using the new PS4 – even because you can use them to chat with friends and check their activities without leaving any game you're currently playing . You can also send game downloads to your console.
2) Use sleep mode
Sleep mode lets you download games and updates in the background while the PS4 is not in use: go to Power saving settings in Definitions, then turn on Internet access in Set available functions in sleep mode. You must also activate Automatic Downloads under System in Definitions. Updates will continue to download when the PS4 is in sleep mode.
3) Share your games with other people
Your PlayStation 4 automatically records everything that is happening while you play, just in case. To share something touch and briefly grasp the cleverly called To share button on the controller to open all the options available to you. You can also tap the button quickly once to take a screenshot within a game or tap twice to start a video recording.
4) Get more juice from your drivers
You want your DualShock controllers to work as much as possible between loads, and for that to happen, you can dim the controller lights Definitions, Devices, then Drivers & Downloads), and turn them off quickly when they are not in use Definitions, then choose Power saving settings and select Set the time until the controllers turn off).
5) Limit the notifications you see
Just like on your smartphone, you can customize the number and type of notifications you see on the screen during games, as nothing is more disturbing than an important alert when you're trying to hit a high score. Direct to Notifications in the system menu, then tap options button, and then choose Notification settings.
6) Log in faster
If several people use your PS4, you may want to set up separate user accounts for them, but you may be the player who is playing most of the time and want to speed up the sign-in process. To do this, go to Definitions, then Login Settings and mark Log in to PS4 automatically (when using your own account) to save log every time.
7) Turn your TV and console at the same time
Thanks to the wonders of a technology called HDMI CEC, you can turn on your TV and switch to the correct HDMI port automatically when you turn on your PS4 – this is something you will want to do as soon as you set it up. If your TV supports (almost all modern), check Enable HDMI Device Link under System in Definitions.
8) Start talking to your console
You may be accustomed to talking to your smart phone and speakers now, and you can also talk to your PlayStation 4 if you find it makes life easier. In Definitions go to System and then Voice operation settings– From this screen, you can activate the voice control of your console and see a list of compatible commands (such as "taking screenshots").
9) Replace Spotify game music with Spotify
Not every game has a stellar soundtrack to accompany, and if you want to replace the sounds and songs in a game, you can use the Spotify application to add your own soundtrack. Once you've installed the app on PlayStation Store, press and hold the PS4 button on your controller to see your options in Music and switch to Spotify.
10) Make your listening more private
Speaking of audio, you can keep the music and sounds of the game for yourself by connecting a pair of headphones to the 3.5 mm audio input of the DualShock control. This will enable chat audio by default, but you can divert all audio through the door by holding down the PS button in a game and choosing Sound / devices and Earphone output.
1) Choose your energy saving mode
Before diving into your game, decide between Energy saving and Instant-on to the "off" status of the Xbox One (under Power and startup menu at Definitions) – the first one consumes less power, but the second one means your console starts faster (and also turns on your TV when it boots). You can activate your console with your voice in the same menu.
2) Make the most of your free trials
The new Xbox One consoles come with free 7-day tests of Xbox Live Gold (for online games against other players) and Xbox Game Pass (a kind of Netflix subscription service for games with a ton of titles available): test the package provided with your Xbox One, or just sign in to activate free ratings.
3) Keep an eye on children
If you have young people playing on your new Xbox One, you can protect them from adult content by going to Account So Family Settings in Definitions screen. If you choose Manage family members, you can add new child accounts to the box, which can be managed in terms of content restricted by age and screen time limits.
4) Make sure you are getting the full 4K experience
If you've explored a complete Xbox One X 4K-capable console, you'll need to ensure that all pixels are pushed to your TV. To do this, open the Definitions so choose Display and sound, then Video output, then TV details in 4K. Microsoft has a detailed guide on how these settings should be configured and what you can find here.
5) Connect a mouse and keyboard
Good news: The mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One is officially here, so you can connect all the extra USB peripherals you have and navigate through menus and text input screens. You can also use the mouse and keyboard to control the action in a small but growing number of games, including Fortnite, Bomber crewand Deep Rock Galactic.
6) Change the appearance of our interface
The Xbox One is quite generous when it comes to ways to customize the look of the interface – you can adjust a variety of settings, from the colorful accents used to the backgrounds used as wallpaper. When your console is working, go to the Customization menu at Definitions to navigate through the different options offered.
7) Connect an external hard drive
The Xbox One is very similar to PC in its support for external hard drives: any drive that you can connect and use with Windows, you can also connect and use with your Xbox One through the wonders of USB. You need a drive that supports USB 3.0 and has a capacity of at least 256 GB. You will see a prompt to start configuring it as soon as you connect it.
8) Get some help from Xbox Assist
Microsoft designed the Xbox One to be as simple as possible, but you may need one or two pointers in the early days with the hardware. If you press the Xbox button on the controller, Xbox Support in System menu (the gear icon), you can browse through a variety of useful help screens, tips, and diagnostic tools.
9) Share your game exploits
Sharing your gaming feats is a big part of the experience on any console today, and as you would expect, the Xbox One consoles have some very handy built-in options. If you press the Xbox white button on your controller while in-game, bring the basic onscreen options – save a screenshot or record a video (up to 10 minutes in length).
10) Get to know the Xbox applications
You can find Xbox apps for Android and iOS, as well as one for Windows 10 – the Windows application, among other features, allows you to stream games from your console to a Windows 10 computer on the same network. All apps give you access to recent game activity updates, news from your Xbox friends, the Xbox game store, and more.
1) Make your Switch look as good as possible on the big screen
When you have your Switch docked, some extra image settings come into play. To choose System Settings So TV settings So RGB band and you can choose between RGB Limited and Full range. Choosing the latter option should improve the visuals on televisions that support a fully RGB strip mode, as well as most computer monitors.
2) Maximize the life of your Switch battery
If you are going from one place to another, you need to ensure that the battery on the switch console lasts as long as possible. Some tricks to try to include airplane mode enable (press and hold the House button), decreasing brightness (Brightness of the screen in System Settings) and turning off the controller vibrations (Drivers and Sensors in System Settings).
3) Take screenshots of your game Switch
When you're working with the new Switch, you'll need to take screenshots of your exploits for sharing with friends and on the Web. This is easily done on the console – press the button next to the bottom of the left joy-con, which is a dedicated screen capture button, to save an image. Tap and hold the button to record a video clip of up to 30 seconds.
4) Change the avatar of your account
You are prompted to set up (or log in to an account) when you install your Nintendo Switch and run it, but you can also make changes to it. Tap the icon in the top left corner of the home screen to access your profile page and choose User Settings and Edit icon to change their look. You can choose from a lot of Nintendo characters or create a new Mii.
5) Take a memory card
The internal storage space on your Nintendo Switch will run out quickly – some games are too large to install without a card – so grab a microSD, microSDHC or microSDXC card with as much storage as possible. Look for the UHS-I (Ultra High Speed Phase I) rating and read speeds of at least 60-95MB / s (the higher the better).
6) Update your controller experience
The Joy-Cons that accompany the Switch are fine, but you can do better if you have some money left over after Christmas. The Joy-Con Charging Grip ($ 30) will charge your Joy-Cons at the same time you're playing, while the Pro Controller ($ 70) offers a more traditional controller experience that you can use on other consoles.
7) Connect to Nintendo online
Now the Nintendo Switch Online experience is fully active: cloud saves, classic NES games, and multiplayer online games, yours for $ 4.00 a month – there's a free seven-day trial available if you You want to see if you like her first. Select Commercial and Manage Subscriptions in System Settings screen and you can sign up for the Online Switch service.
8) Change the interface theme
You can not do much in the personalization mode on the Nintendo Switch, but you can opt for a dark instead of light mode, which may suit your eyes better (and probably also save you the battery). To switch between the interface modes on the device, go to System Settings and then Themes choose between Basic White and Basic Black.
9) Make use of the USB-C connection port
Thanks to the magic of USB-C, you can use the charging port on the bottom of the Nintendo Switch to do more than load. You can connect some USB-C headphones, for example if you do not want to use the 3.5mm audio jack or connect a USB-C keyboard – although you can use it only to enter text in the menus and not to control them games.
10) Think about children
If you're letting kids loose on your new Nintendo Switch, make sure they're being taken care of when you're on your back. Direct to Parental Controls in System Settings to limit apps by age rating or install the companion app for Android or iOS. These applications allow you to set time limits for your children, see what they have done on the console, and more.