Just playing the new PlayStation 4 is an experience in itself, but there are ways to make it an even better experience. To really enjoy what Sony’s hard work has created, you must have the best possible equipment and accessories.
Everything must be perfect for the PS4 to give you that ultimate gaming experience. So if you already own or are planning on buying a PS4, then make sure that if you have the money, you use these 10 ways to get the best PS4 experience that your money can buy.
Definitely buy PlayStation VR
You can’t get around the gamer’s blogosphere without hearing about the PlayStation VR. The truth is, the PlayStation VR will only multiply your experience. If you were immersed into your games before, you have a lot waiting for you.
You may be worrying about the typical issues you’d think a VR headset has. Luckily, Sony designed their headset to be comfortable, easy to use, and all around durable. Some worry about the headset becoming uncomfortable after an hour or two. That is not the case.
Some might think such sophisticated technology is complicated. Truth is, it’s easy as cake! You can literally just plug and play. Hassle free. On top of bringing you inside of your PlayStation, you can also watch movies. Don’t like movies? Surely you like music, videos, and any other media you can think of. While on the pricey side, without the PlayStation VR, you are missing out.
If you can, go out and purchase the PlayStation VR and hop into the world of virtual reality!
Buy the biggest and best gaming TV
For a great PS4 gaming experience, you need to buy a quality HDTV of at least 42″. It would be even better if the TV was larger, from 55″ to 70″. Not just any large flat screen will do.
Choose one that’s an LED or LCD (LED is better) with good specs, with 1080p resolution and 120Hz for the faster refresh rate. If you go for lower, you’re settling for less.
Refresh rates any less than 120Hz will cause the picture to be blurry. It will also cause “ghosting,” which is when the game is moving faster than the screen can make the images appear, so you have images that drag or appear double. It is very annoying when playing, and it hurts the eyes.
Buying a cheap knockoff brand TV will also do this. Been there, done that, and traded the cheap Black Friday flat screen for a console TV that had better picture. The best brands of flat screen HDTVs are Samsung, LG, and Sony.
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The PlayStation Camera is worth it
What’s better than accurate motion tracking? With the PlayStation camera, you can bring yourself into your games even more. If you own the PlayStation VR, you can combine the two for ultimate immersion. What’s better than that?
If you don’t own a virtual reality headset, the PlayStation camera still has a lot to offer. From motion tracking to video calls, it’s hard to imagine the camera not being useful.
The design and mounting functionality make the PlayStation camera a joy to use. Just take the camera, mount it on your TV, and you’re all set! Some cameras may fall off or tilt away. The PlayStation camera shouldn’t do that. We found that it generally stays put and doesn’t cause any annoyances.
If you need a camera or better motion tracking, you can’t go wrong with Sony. If you have a PlayStation VR, then the PlayStation Camera is a must.
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Purchase a carrying case for your PS4
The traveling gamer isn’t a myth. In fact, it’s more common than you think! If you’re one of them, you know how heart-stopping dropping or scratching your PlayStation 4 is. What better way to protect your prized possession than a quality case? We know what you’re thinking. You may have tried a case in the past. RSD industries designed their case with a different mindset, eliminating problems most other cases have.
What separates this case from the rest is its compact design and durability. When you carry your console around, you expect to drop it at least once. You think that in the back of your mind anyways. Would you rely on a weak case to break that fall? We wouldn’t either.
In addition, there is internal padding that will snugly wrap around your PlayStation 4. For those who love minimalistic designs, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. RSD Industries designed their case with a sleek design. As a result, it’s difficult to distinguish a laptop case from this one. This case can carry your console, 2 controllers, PlayStation wires, A PS Eye, and 2 games.
Even if you’re not a traveling gamer, you know you’ll carry around your console here and there. So why rely on a case that may not deliver? We recommend RSD Industries because they design with gamer’s common pain points in mind.
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Get an extreme sound system
Forget using just the TV’s speakers, gaming requires more diverse sound. Even just a sound bar will not do it, though it does make the gaming experience better than just having the TV speakers going. What you need is a full surround sound system, preferably one that is wireless.
The system you choose should have at least 5 to 7 speakers and a subwoofer. One of the best options is an AV receiver, of which Sony makes one of the best around with the Sony STR-DN840.
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Get the best PS4 gaming headset
When you play multiplayer games on the PlayStation Network (PSN), you need a headset that works and sounds good. It should also have a good noise-cancelling mic. Some of the best headsets plug in, but live on the edge and try a wireless set.
Why let wires hold you back from the best gaming experience on your PS4? Both Turtle Beach and Sony make several styles of wireless headsets at price points ranging from cheap to quite expensive.
Our pick is one that has become quite popular with a lot of PS4 gamers. The PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset is the best selling headset of the Ps4. And one of the best headsets on the market for the price.
Just look at any of the reviews and see all the positive feedback on these headphones and you’ll soon realize these are exactly what you need.
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Buy storage for your games and PS4 controllers
Having accessories is great, but it’s too easy to misplace them. With a Numskull tower, you can both hold your games and charge your controllers. It’s safe to say that having to keep your controllers charged isn’t a fun experience. What this tower does is make charging controllers hassle-free. To make your life even easier, the tower is easy to assemble and use. Just set it up and boom, you can hold up to 10 games.
If you always find yourself scrambling for a dead controller, then this tower is a game changer. The USB ports on the PS4 are simply unreliable, since you’ll forget to charge your controller here and there. On top of that, charging your controller through the USB can sometimes be too much work. Often times, you will want to plop your controller onto a charger and be done with it. With this tower, you can do just that.
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First-person shooter games on PS4
If you’re into high-action, small map gameplay, COD Infinite Warfare can deliver. Taking mechanics from Black Ops 3, Infinite Warfare looks to keep its loot system and mechanics such as wall jumping. More importantly, they design the game with realism in mind.
For example, when wall jumping, your character will lose grip and slide around a little. This is because the game takes into account the gravitational pull.
Realism isn’t important to everybody, we get it. What’s important is the combat system and high-action intensity COD has always delivered. What separates the COD series from class-based shooters such as Overwatch is its simplicity. Sure, there are tiered weapon systems, but at the end of the day, some of us just want to jump in and shoot the enemy team.
With COD, game modes such as team deathmatch encourage this type of playstyle. Hey, there’s no shame in that! Even with Infinite Warfare’s futuristic space settings, at the end of the day, we just want to immerse ourselves into intense firefights.
Fan of Battlefield 3 and 4? Want the same adrenaline-inducing experience in a historical setting? Taking place in WW1, Battlefield 1 delivers this exact experience. To give you even more immersion, the battle scenes and settings are historically accurate. You’ll find locations such as The Battle of Cambrai.
In addition, the settings match commonly known WW1 atmospheres, including grass fields and deserts. You’ll find the story to be very immersive and surprisingly accurate. Not a history nerd? No worries!
Battlefield 1 doesn’t only look to please history enthusiasts. You’ll find the same, objective-based gameplay that battlefield 3 and 4 delivered. With the point system, you can play the objective and still top score. A focus on the objective puts a huge emphasis on teamwork and thinking about your surroundings.
While not a class-based shooter, Battlefield 1 still gives you a more elaborate play style packed with intense firefights. Whether you’re a huge Battlefield nerd or just heard about it, you should still buy this game. It’s simply awesome!
Buy the best accessories for the PS4
Everyone who owns a PS4 should take advantage of its accessories for a better experience. The PlayStation 4 Eye camera is recommended for the best possible gameplay, especially when playing with a group of other players in your household.
The PlayStation Move also works with the PS4. Currently it has limited use, but soon more games that utilize it will be releasing.
Although the controller comes with a USB cable to charge it, you’ll quickly grow tired of having to plug it in. The DualShock 4’s battery depletes pretty quickly so having a charging station and an extra controller at the ready will help to improve your PlayStation 4 experience.
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Don’t forget about the seating
You have to have comfortable seating for gaming. If you are anything like most gamers, spending four to six or more hours on one gaming session is typical. This means that you have to be comfortable. A comfortable couch or a nice recliner is the best type of seating.
Gaming chairs make for an interesting experience, but unless you buy one of the designer ones, do not expect a cheap chair to do.
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Charge your DualShock 4 controllers easier
Tired of your chords coming short? A common complaint with PlayStation 4 users is how difficult it is to charge their controllers. More importantly, it’s near impossible to charge while sitting on the couch and enjoying your favorite game. This Zacro pack looks to solve that.
This 13-foot long cord can easily reach your couch. No more dead controllers. No more worry about how charged your controller is. This chord not only extends far, but will also give your controller the jolt it needs.
The Zacro pack also comes with a micro USB end, designed to prevent pulling. You know how easy it can be to pull a cord out, especially when immersed in an action-packed game. Luckily, Zacro designed their cord with this in mind. Now, a small tug won’t completely dismantle your charging controller. Longer length, quality charge, and tug free.
How can you beat that? Especially for the price. If you have any kind of trouble with your current charger, get these. They barely cost more than a typical USB charger. There’s only something to gain when upgrading your USB cords.
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Don’t wait to get the best PS4 experience that you can!
Gaming is all about the experience. This means that your HDTV and sound system must be at the top of their game for you to really feel like you are in the games as you play. Comfortable seating and the best PlayStation 4 accessories also play a big part in the overall PS4 gaming experience. You have to be comfortable and be able to focus on the game.
Now, kick off your shoes and go play some Battlefield 4. And most importantly, have some fun!
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