What you need to know about sharing on the PS4

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Millions in revenue from playing video games, a tidal wave of shared effort, and countless ways to connect – playing video games in 2020 is no longer just about the experience, but flourishing socially. As it stands, the PS4 is the most popular console of this generation and with this comes the greatest potential to create, refine, and push out content.

PC is the undeniable king of content creation, but since day one Sony has offered a myriad of ways to bring gameplay, streams, and screenshots to others. Similar to the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, the process has never been easier – simply hit the dedicated “Share” button and you’re off to the races.

Which social media websites can the PS4 share to?

Read on to learn about the capabilities of Sony’s built in share functionality and how to bypass its shortcomings.

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Does PS4 have LFG?

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If you’ve ever chased a raid clear in Destiny on PS4, then you know just how important premade groups are. In fact, just about any team based multiplayer game is better with a squad.

How do you find the right group?

That’s where tools like looking for group (LFG) come in. Someone posts the kind of group their looking for, others join, and boom – a group is formed.

How do you go about this on PS4? Does it even support LFG?

Unfortunately, Sony’s system doesn’t support LFG natively, but there are a few workarounds to make your next gaming session less random.

Read on to find out why the feature is missing and what you can do to group up fast and efficiently.

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PS4 FPS drops: why do they happen?

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You’ve just wrapped up a rough day and all you want to do is kick back with your PS4.

Whether you’re into single player games or prefer chasing frustration online, you probably want the best looking and performing experience possible.

And then it happens – your frames start dropping.

There’s no escaping the constant stuttering and dipping, and more importantly, it’s driving you absolutely insane.

Why does the PS4 suffer from FPS drops?

There’s a multitude of reasons why the PS4 suffers hits to performance, but the biggest by far are:

  • Poor optimization
  • Relatively weak hardware
  • Network performance

Relative to its age, Sony’s console is capable of producing some incredible looking games, but there’s a reason the company opted to introduce the Pro revision this generation.

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Can PS4 friends see what website you’re on?

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Whether you’re in an endless stream of researching a new topic you’re obsessed with, or something a little less savory, you may have wondered what your PS4 friends can and cannot see when using the system’s browser.

Since privacy is worth more than gold, getting a grip on what you’re PS4 is broadcasting to the world is worth looking into.

Which brings us to the main concern – can your PS4 friends see what website you’re looking at?

The short of it?

No, nobody outside of the immediate proximity of your console will be able to know what you’re using the (limited) browser for.

There is, however, some privacy upkeep to consider when using your console to go online.

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Can the normal PS4 run at 60 FPS?

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It wasn’t all that long that the FPS of games was a foreign concept to the majority of gamers, but after the overwhelming success of titles like Call of Duty on consoles it’s become a mainstay in discussions.

If you play games on a regular or Slim PS4, you might have noticed that Sony is doing things a little differently this time around. For those that want it, a new, more powerful console is offered with the PS4 Pro.

And with all of the new marketing buzzwords since its inception (HDR, 4K, Ultra HD, and so forth), it’s sometimes hard to know what the original model is truly capable of.

Can the normal PS4 run 60 FPS? Does the Pro really offer a significant boost?

It turns out Sony’s aging console still has a lot to offer on the performance front.

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Does PS4 support gigabit ethernet?

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As the graphical prowess and overall complexity of PS4 games grows, install sizes continue to soar. It’s not unheard of for games to push 60 gigabytes, and with constant patches, it can feel like you’re downloading more than playing.

Internet speeds are more relevant than ever, with more and more individuals investing in higher tier plans from ISP’s to support a constant influx of downloads, Spotify, Netflix, and online multiplayer.

Some have even gone so far as buying into gigabit internet with providers like Google Fiber and Verizon Fios.

Which brings us to the crux of console networking:

Does the PS4 support gigabit ethernet? Can it fully take advantage of a lightning fast fiber connection?

Technically, each model supports the standard but there is a catch.

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17 most immersive PS4 games to lose yourself to

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The sudden realization that you’ve lost a few hours while sinking into a new game is one of the highlights of the medium, and sticking to immersive experiences is one of the best ways to get there.

Games of any genre can be incredibly immersive, but it’s the games that prioritize the single player experience that really make the attribute stick. These are the games that offer vast alien worlds, rich contextual story, and the backbone of it all – atmosphere.

Look below for some of the most immersive games for the PS4, arguably the best console for single player experiences.

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GT Sport: where are the time trial leaderboards?

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I, like many, held off on buying the newest installment of Gran Turismo due to its anemic amount of content. Once it became clear that Polyphony Digital was in it for the long term with regular free content drops, my stance quickly changed.

The change of perspective cost me $20 at the time and it’s what the game retails for these days at places like Amazon and GameStop.

At over 60 hours of in game driving time, I’ve found it to be well worth the asking price, especially with continued free DLC car packs and tracks.

The only caveat with this is a single glaring omission from the game – proper time trial leaderboards.

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The PS4 4K experience

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You’ve just come home from Best Buy with a brand new 4K TV and your PS4 is still hooked up to your legacy 1080p set.

Or maybe you’ve been holding off on the latest Samsung, Sony, Vizio, or TCL.

The million dollar question is this – how does the PS4 look on a 4k TV? Is it really that big of an upgrade?

It’s going to depend on multiple factors (more on this below), but this is what you need to know:

  • The jump to 4k is less impressive than the move to HD resolutions
  • The regular PS4 and Slim revision will be upscaled and have the potential to look better
  • TVs with poor upscalers can worsen the overall image quality
  • The PS4 Pro won’t look as good as native 4K content (Netflix, Blu-rays, etc.), but will appear very sharp or “clean”

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