21 awesome PS4 tips, tricks and hidden features

Even hardcore PlayStation 4 buccaneers will pick up something new in our video guide

Of course you know everything there is to no about using your PS4. There's no way there's a sneaky little feature hiding somewhere that could improve your gaming life immeasurably. Is there?

You might be surprised, especially by some of the changes and additions that Sony has smuggled through with its recent firmware updates, so why not indulge us and check out our video above or take a look at the list of tips below.

We guarantee* there's at least one tip, trick or feature here that you aren't already aware of, and you can jump into our video at precisely that point if that's the case.

* not an actual guarantee

1) Appear offline (and appear offline even better)

After all these years there's now finally a way to hide yourself from your boss/co-workers/friends when you're playing PlayStation 4. In fact, there are two ways.

First up - from the PS4's homescreen click on the Profile icon, then click on Online Status and select Appear Offline from the pop-up menu.

Easy, except this method requires that you've already logged on to your PS4, which means someone may have already noticed that you've come online.

That's where method 2 comes in: at the profile screen that appears when you first switch on your PS4, rather than log in by pressing X, highlight your profile and press the Options button on your controller. From the pop-up window select Log In With Online Status [Appear Offline] and you'll be taken to your homescreen and connected to the internet without anyone being alerted. Sweet, sweet secrecy.

2) Change your controller’s Light Bar brightness

The DualShock 4 - to give the PS4 controller its full, fancy name - has a Light Bar on its rear. This is a fancy term for the glowing light strip which is used in various games and by the PlayStation Camera, and you can tweak its brightness or turn it off completely, if you wish.

To do so, long-press the PlayStation button on the controller, hit up Sound and Devices, and tweak the brightness settings to whatever you wish (or turn it off completely).

3) Change the controller speaker volume

It’s very likely that you know that the DualShock 4 has a built-in speaker. You probably know this because you’ve been quietly playing away at 4am and it’s rudely blasted out some completely unnecessary nonsense sound.

Thankfully you can turn off this feature quite easily. Again, hold down the PlayStation button, and head to the first option - Volume Control (Speaker for Controller). You know what to do from here.

4) Say hello to your little friend

Some people are more likeable than others. If you have a mate which you share particularly top quality banter with, you can tweak the settings to ensure you’re notified when they - and only they - come online.

Hit up Settings, then Notifications, then go down to When Friends Go Online. Select your favourite people, and never miss those #topbants again.