Over the previous yr, extra next-gen consoles are within the palms of gamers (*4*). I used to be elated once I received my palms on a non-price-gouged retail PS5, and since then I’ve been residing in a two-PlayStation home. But I used to be unhappy that my PS4 had to sit idly by after making room for its alternative.
My trusty PS4 had served me effectively for a few years, and I’d already upgraded its inside drive to an SSD in the course of the PS5 dry season. Could I observe the actions of the plenty and promote it? Yes, however how may I deliver it such dishonor? It nonetheless had nice worth to me, not simply to others, and I knew that there have been some ways it may proceed to deliver glory to my home as console emeritus. If that sounds acquainted, right here’s how one can profit from yours too.
If you might have different televisions or displays in the home, relocating your PS4 goes to be the precursor to the advantages I’ll get into beneath. I moved mine to my workplace, the place my gaming rig can also be arrange. I do know quite a lot of individuals who have consoles of their bedrooms, making it simpler to get pleasure from some gaming earlier than you drift off to sleep. (Although, to be honest, screens and sleep are a bad combination.) The youngsters’ room, whose tiny inhabitants could not want the complete energy of a next-gen console, is an alternative choice. Maybe it turns into a conveyable console for household journeys—or simply your personal travels. Wherever you’re taking it, you’ll nonetheless get lots out of it.
Enjoy Those PS Plus Benefits
If you might have a subscription to PlayStation Plus, these advantages prolong to your PS account, not only a single console. This means your PS4, even when it’s not your major console, can obtain and stream content material whereas connecting to the identical cloud saves you utilize in your major PS5. Want to play some Spider-Man: Miles Morales in your lounge? Great! You can proceed it elsewhere in your PS4, together with your saved sport intact.
Make It a PS5 Jr.
Upon the PlayStation 5’s launch, Sony added a feature to the PS4 to stream straight from it, supplying you with a second console to entry content material that’s in your shiny, new PS5. Using the Remote Play choices within the system settings, you’ll be able to pair the 2 consoles. I’m not going to lie, it’s not *excellent—*the controls aren’t actual—though I haven’t had a lot of a difficulty. Since you’ll be utilizing a Sony DualShock 4 controller (or equal) it gained’t have the complete capabilities that the PS5 DualSense controller comes geared up with. But to date, outdoors of enjoying the flute on the PS5 version of Ghost of Tsushima, I’ve been OK.
Make It a Media Streaming Box
PS4 apps and video games are nonetheless going to be downloadable for a very long time, which suggests your media and streaming apps, like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+, Paramount+, and the remainder can flip your PS4 into a powerful leisure heart for streaming and native content material.
My favourite media app on the PS4 is Plex, which permits you to join to a neighborhood Plex media server (you probably have one) to entry the entire content material in your native community. Because I’m that degree of geek, I’ve ripped most of my DVD/Blu-ray assortment to a digital library that sits on a media server in my workplace. Using Plex, all of that, plus different native video I’ve (OK, it’s all jiujitsu instructionals) is on the market for play on my PS4.
And it’s not simply video. The PS4 is effectively geared up to deal with music and podcasts as effectively, together with these soundtracks that got here together with your special-edition sport purchases that you would be able to’t actually switch or play simply anyplace else (which is nuts, as a result of the place you actually need it’s in your automotive or on a CD or actually anyplace else).
But I digress.
Physical media isn’t off the desk both. If you might have your music, motion pictures, and even images on exterior USB drives, you’ll be able to simply plug and play. A phrase of warning: The PS4 doesn’t assist NTFS, the default file system that Windows PCs use, in order that bodily media may have to be formatted in both FAT32 or exFAT earlier than you copy your music and films over to it. And when you’re a disc fan who likes to hear to the entire extra audio tracks and bonus disc content material, it’s nonetheless the most effective Blu-ray gamers you will get.