5 Ways To Make Video Games Even Better
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When you were in your fifteenth hour of your most recent Assassin's Creed binge, you probably thought to yourself, "Damn, video games are awesome." And you were right. That is a brilliant revelation. But do you know an even more brilliant revelation? We have 31 things that will surprise you about video games, but here's the craziest thing: You can make them even better.
How? We have some suggestions.
Get PS Plus If You Don't Have It Already
If you're not playing online, are you really playing at all? PlayStation Plus and its XBOX equivalent are practically essential to getting the full console experience, so it makes sense that they call it PlayStation Plus Essential.
This membership plan allows you to play online, add new free games to your collection every month, and much more. You'll enjoy PS4 games every month as well as PS5 games added regularly, plus be able to grab special skins, cosmetics, weapons, and more free-to-play games exclusive to PlayStation Plus members. From blockbuster action games and first-person shooters to open-world adventures and massive RPGs, you'll definitely find a free game that tickles your fancy. Want more discounts? Games, add-ons, pre-orders, and more are also available in the PS Store for members.
Perhaps most importantly, you'll also get up to 100GB of PS4 game data cloud storage and up to 100GB of PS5 storage so you can pick up where you left off on another console. With Share Play, you can play multiplayer games together online just like you were using the same TV, and if you're playing alone, you can even get spoiler-free hints and tips for supported PS5 games.
Seriously, if you're not using PlayStation Plus Essential, we really question your commitment to playing with pixels. Get 12 months for $59.99 now.
Migrate Like A Goose
Once upon a time, when you upgraded your console, all of your old games were left to collect dust on your shelf, or you'd take them to GameStop and get like $4 of store credit. We’re not sure which is more horrifying, from a Pixar movie perspective. Fortunately, today, you can just make like an anthropomorphic bird and migrate!
For instance, if you were a PS4 user who is going to PS5, why wouldn't you want to play your older games on the more powerful console? Those old PS4 games might honestly run smoother on the PS5 thanks to the built-in Game Boost, and you'll be able to play with the newer DualSense controller. Getting lost in Assassin's Creed is just way more chill on PS5, you know? Besides, transferring games and game saves to the PS5 is as easy as going to Settings > System > System Software and selecting Data Transfer.
You know when other players share screenshots and gameplay clips on the internet, accidentally spoiling certain elements of the game when they just wanted to share their joy and making everyone involved feel bad? Well, PS5 is here to protect you. If you go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Spoiler Warnings, you can actually shield yourself from spoilers. The setting lets you hide specific spoilers identified by game developers or hide screenshots and clips from parts of the game that you haven't yet played. That way, everything is new all the time, like a little game baby.
Sure, it feels nice to sink so low into your couch for so long that you leave an indent that becomes like a family member, but that's so bad for you. Prioritizing your musculoskeletal health might seem like a drag, but it’ll also let you play longer, so stop hunching yourself into an early Quasimodo. Many gaming chairs are ergonomically designed to keep you in comfortable positions so you can maintain relatively okay posture while feeling fully immersed in the game, and you can always complement your setup with pillows, blankets, or whatever else you need to keep yourself cozy and amped.
Max Out The HDR, Derd
TVs have gotten wild these days, which makes the gaming potential greater than ever. If you've got an HDR-capable TV, though, it's not necessarily a given that you're gaming with the best settings.
When you're setting up a modern console, you can tinker with the contrast and brightness settings, but if you ever change the settings on your TV, it messes with the HDR settings. Consoles will have screen and video settings that allow you to adjust the HDR by running it through a calibration engine, so make sure you’re using them to the fullest extent. Not every TV has the same HDR capabilities, so the system's algorithms will get to work figuring out what makes the most sense for your particular TV. That way, you can rest assured you have the best possible gaming picture, leaving you free to direct your full attention to gunning down those monsters.
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