12 Things You Absolutely Didn’t Know Your PS4 Could Do

The PS4 is the leading current gen console by a landslide. Sony didn’t market their console as the “all in one” entertainment system like Microsoft did with the Xbox One, but that doesn’t mean the PS4 doesn’t have some tricks up its sleeve. From incredibly useful to semi-pointless, here are some things your PS4 could do that you may not have known about.

1. Log In With Facial Recognition

This one may not be for you if you’re in the crowd of believers that worry about companies using the cameras equipped with their consoles to spy on you.

If not, pick yourself up a PS4 camera and you’re almost ready to use your face to log in to your console. To set up facial recognition with your PS4, go to Settings >  Login Settings > Face Recognition > Enable. Set it up to recognize your mug and that’s it!

2. Easily Take Screenshots

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Screenshots is an already awesome feature to have in a console because if they aren’t easy to take, it defeats the purpose. Holding the share button down for a few seconds can be the difference between an epic shot or a disappointing trip to the gallery to delete it.

Good thing you can change how the button works. To change your share button settings, simply tap the Share button > press the Options button > Share Settings > Share Button Control Type. One of the options will allow you to make it so taking a screenshot is as easy as tapping the share button.

3. Charge Your Controller From Standby Mode

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The battery life on Sony’s Dualshock 4 controller for the PS4 is less than desirable. Around 7 hours is what you get out of a full charge. When you’re done for the day but want a fully charged controller for tomorrow, you might be unaware of a more energy efficient way of charging it.

Standby Mode uses much less energy, but leaves the console powered on so that you can keep charging your controller, but it isn’t as easy as simply plugging the controller in and walking away. To turn on this feature, go into Settings > Power Save Settings > Set Functions Available in Standby Mode > Supply Power from USB Ports. With this done, your USB ports on the console will charge the controller like normal, while using much less power.

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