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. And in some cases in this list, you’ll get some items for free!
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.The Sony 55W905A’s best-ever input lag of just 10ms makes it a great HDTV for gamers, with the incredible brightness of the panel showcasing every possible detail.
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 .
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 $50 to $200.
Buy the best multiplayer games for PS4 -Though there are not many games available for the PS4 yet, the two best multiplayer games are Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. However, which one you prefer will depend on if you follow one series or the other. Those impartial to either will probably find Battlefield 4 more enticing due to all of the maps available and the large amount of players the PS4 allows you to play with. Having more people in the multiplayer game really gives it the feel of the PC version, which many prefer.Other multiplayer games worth mentioning are Killzone: Shadowfall’s multiplayer and DC Universe Online. Both games will help to give you the most complete PS4 experience. If shooters don’t interest you for the PlayStation 4 then DC Universe Online might just be for you. It’s a superhero based MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) centered around the DC Universe. So you’ll encounter and work with characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Two Face, Lex Luthor, and more. Create your own superhero or supervillain and enter the open world to create havoc or preserve order. And guess what? It’s free to play.
Play the best shooting games -Again, the best shooting game is going to depend on what your preferences are. The PS4 contains three regular first-person shooter games including Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Killzone: Shadowfall. Both Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts lack in the single player mode, but excel when it comes to multiplayer gameplay. Killzone: Shadow Fall is a great game with a good story, but some of the areas are tedious to get past.Resogun is another shooting game, but this one is on PSN. It is more of an arcade-style game where you aim to shoot enemy ships while saving humans. It is free to PlayStation Plus subscribers and it’s one of the best PS4 launch games.
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.Other PS4 accessories you should have on standby are extra DualShock 4 controllers and a Charging Station. 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.
Own the best sports games -Both Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14 will amaze you on the PS4. The graphics are much more impressive than the PS3/Xbox 360 versions. Madden fans will enjoy the upgraded game mechanics in Madden NFL 25. NBA 2K14′s game mechanics are just as impressive, if not more so due to the attention to detail. As you play, you might catch a glimpse of sweat on the players’ skin, as if they were real. The little touches like crowd noise and animation, players on the bench, and even the person who wipes the sweat off the court help to sell the game’s realism. The included interviews are also an added bonus on the PS4 version.
What social apps to use for the best gameplay -Facebook is the leading sharing app, as it is the only one for right now. When you set up your Facebook account to sync with PSN, you will set up all of your sharing preferences right then and there. You can choose whom to share videos and achievements with. Using the share button will automatically share either edited video, live broadcasts or a screenshot. Live broadcasts can be streamed on Twitch, which only takes a few minutes to set up.
PSN games: Which ones to play? -Don’t forget about the PSN games. To avoid boredom as you wait for new games to come out, you should definitely check out what the PlayStation Network has to offer. Resogun is an arcade-style shooter with excellent graphics running at 1080p/60fps. Though it doesn’t have many levels, it is fun to play, especially as you battle to get on the top of the leaderboards. Flower is another one of the launch PSN games that you should add to your library. It is the rebooted version of the acclaimed PS3 game. Play as the wind through multiple levels, causing flower petals to interact with the environment.Contrast is the other PSN launch title. You play as Dawn, the imaginary friend of a girl named Didi. You can manipulate the shadows to get around the world, as well as morph into one to help solve puzzles. However, many players have reported that the game is glitchy. It also does not make use of the excellent graphics the PS4 is capable of producing.You can play Resogun and Contrast for free with a PlayStation Plus membership. Our recommendation is to definitely get Resogun as it is an incredible game. Add Contrast to your library and see if you enjoy it. Either way, these free games will help to give you a much better gaming experience with your PS4. Especially since Resogun makes use of the DualShock 4’s built-in speaker.
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.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!