Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your PlayStation 4

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Whether you just bought a PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation VR, or you’ve been playing a classic model for the last three years, there are still a few things you may not know about Sony’s flagship system. We have a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of Sony’s flagship console, and since the system will continue to grow and evolve as new features are added via updates, we’ll continue to add to this list, so check back often. Until then, read on.

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One of the most distinctive features of the DualShock 4 controller is the light bar on the top. There are a few reasons for it being there, including recreating Move functionality, as well as offering developers the chance to use it in gameplay. Killzone: Shadow Falls, for example, uses different colors to indicate your health. When you have four controllers paired to a single system, however, they each feature their own color identification. Player one will always be blue, player two is red, three is green, and four is pink.

Dim the light bar

You can dim the brightness of the light — which will slightly extend the controller’s battery life — by holding the PS button, selecting Adjust Device, then scrolling down to Brightness of DualShock 4 Light Bar. It defaults to Bright, so drop it down to Medium or Dim to extend its life at minimal cost.

Create your own game soundtracks

Sony killed its former Music Unlimited service when they introduced Spotify to the console, which is now the primary means by which you can stream music while playing games. Install and launch the app, just as you would any other app on your console. Once you’re set up and you have a playlist you like going, press the PS button to return to the home screen and the music will keep going. Then, simply launch your game. Some games will automatically adjust their sound mix, dropping music while keeping dialogue and sound effects, but you may need to jump into the settings menu and manually lower the music volume.

DualShock speaker volume

There is now a small speaker in the DualShock controller, which can be surprisingly loud for its size. If you want to lower the volume, head into Settings, choose Devices, select Controllers, and the volume bar will be the first option.

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