5 things you didn’t know your PS4 could do

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ps4 playstation pro button shortcuts

Redditor RockyBalbubba recently took to the website to share a handy little PS4 trick he’d discovered, which subsequently took the internet by storm as many fellow PS4 owners realised that they hadn’t actually known about it either.

And there are tons of super neat shortcuts and tricks you can pull off with a PS4, many of which you may not have come across before unless you’ve read the manual, browsed idly through the settings, or figured them out by accident.

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Redditor RockyBalbubba recently took to the website to share a handy little PS4 trick he’d discovered, which subsequently took the internet by storm as many fellow PS4 owners realised that they hadn’t actually known about it either.

And there are tons of super neat shortcuts and tricks you can pull off with a PS4, many of which you may not have come across before unless you’ve read the manual, browsed idly through the settings, or figured them out by accident.

So to save you a few extra seconds of time so that you can play your favourite video games for a little while longer (those seconds add up, you know), we’ve put together a handful of super useful PS4 shortcuts. And if anyone asks, pretend you knew them all already – we won’t tell anyone.

1. How to view hidden trophies

This is the trick that caused such a stir among PS4 owners across the globe, despite the fact that it’s technically written on the trophies screen (but admittedly in pretty tiny writing, and the tip also hasn’t always been there, so don’t feel too bad if it’s new to you). You’ll sometimes come across hidden trophies as you scroll through the list – but if you don’t want to leave unlocking them to random chance or a time-consuming Google search, you can simply hit square to find out what the trophy is right away. Use this trick with caution though, as many hidden trophies are kept secret because they contain spoiler-worthy content. And nobody likes spoilers.

2. How to switch between the last two apps you used

This is a super handy trick that cuts out the need to return to the home screen and scroll aaaaall the way along to something you were using just a minute ago. Instead, just double tap the PS button, and you can toggle between the last two apps you used as many times as you like. Easy peasy.

3. How to easily play PS4 audio through a speaker

If you’ve ever struggled with figuring out which of the endless cables under your desk is supposed to go where to make the sound work properly, then this one’s for you. As long as you’ve got a simple aux cable, you can simply plug one end into your speaker and the other end into your controller, and voila! Instant sound.

4. How to zoom in

Instead of getting up to scrutinise that scrawly handwriting on that note you found, you can zoom in your screen without having to move much at all. Press the PS button and square together, and then use either stick or the directional buttons to move the zoomed-in area around. You’ll need to enable this option first in your settings, mind, but there’s a whole host of other handy accessibility settings to choose from, so have a little explore and see what you can find.

5. How to turn on your TV alongside your PS4

Why press two buttons when you could press one? You’ll need to go back into your settings and enable the HDMI Device link. Then you’ll just need to turn on your PS4 as normal and your TV will turn on alongside it. Not all TVs will be able to do this, but it’s worth giving it a shot.

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