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Despite it being almost six years old at the time of writing, the PlayStation 4 still holds some secrets from its players. Here are a few things you may have missed when using your console.

Credit for some of these go to this Reddit thread, which opened with the adumbration about hidden trophies that several PS4 owners (myself included) didn’t know — admitting it having been alien on the animate three years ago, according to the PlayStation UK Twitter:

Other participants in the Reddit thread shared other “hidden” appearance they’d abstruse about, and it turns out there are lots of things PS4 owners don’t know about their admirable black box. So here are a few tips and tricks for using the PS4 — before you leave it for Sony’s next-gen console, of course.

Settings gems

The settings menu itself is a wealth of fun stuff, if you’re accommodating to dig for it. First, did you know you can dim the light of your Dualshock? If you check the settings for “Controller” under the “Devices” submenu, you’ll find a ambience that enables you to switch from “Bright,” (the default) to “Medium” and “Dim.” I keep it on bright because I like to game in the dark and the Dualshock‘s like a little nightlight, but if you’re attractive to save array power by abbreviation the power the Dualshock needs, this would be the first place to start.


Second, you can enable custom button assignments from the Accessibility menu. This will allow you to change the buttons around to your achievement for the animate in general, acceptation you don’t have to reassign them for alone games.


Another thing you’ll find in the Accessibility menu is the adeptness to zoom. If you enable this, you’ll be able to zoom in on your PS4 screen by borer the PS button and the square button. This might not be awfully useful for some, but it’s a nifty affection that’s good to have anyway.


The Hidden Trophy secrets

This is the one that aggressive the Reddit post and blew the aggregate minds of a few thousand users (judging by the upvotes). If you pull up the info page on a hidden trophy (which are usually hidden because they spoil article about the story or gameplay), you can hit the square to reveal aggregate that’s hidden about the trophy.

And those of you who are more advertent might say, “But the button prompt is right there on the screen!” And you’d be correct.


But if you’ve been using the animate since before this affection was added (which was about three years after the animate was released), you might not even bother affairs up the info page on a hidden trophy, since you’re so used to them being… well, hidden. Thus you’d miss this on-screen prompt. That’s my excuse, anyway.

Here’s what that looks like, side by side. I had to find one that was hidden but not necessarily a spoiler, so here’s one from , a game I just started playing:

Not only can you see what the trophy is, but you can also find info on how to get it right there — I only found this out thanks to addition Redditor in the thread above. If you hit the “Options” button and click “Search Online,” you’ll go to a web browser that searches for that exact trophy name, acceptation the top result is most likely to be a guide on how to get it.

This works for all trophies too, not just hidden ones.

Other tricks

Speaking as addition who had to take screenshots of all this stuff, this one was decidedly useful: you can switch the screenshot settings by hitting the Share button (which opens the Share menu) and go to the Share settings. Under “SHARE Button Control Type,” you can switch amid “Standard” and “Easy Screenshots,” which switches the button for screenshots from “press and hold” to just “press the Share button.” That’s a whole cephalalgia gone right there.


I managed to find this one before communicable it on the Reddit thread, but there’s a way to switch amid your two most recent screens after having to return to the home menu. If you double-tap the PS button, you’ll automatically go to the other recently-opened appliance or game, be it trophy info, a chat room, or your messages. If you want to use it best while already in a game, tap the PS button once (which will take you back to your home screen, then open the app of choice. Then double-tap the PS button to go back to the game, and again to go to the app, etc.

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