PlayStation 4 Hacks: Some Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Sony’s Latest Console

These PlayStation 4 hacks aren’t something you learn normally. In many cases, you might actually see them every day and don’t even bother checking them out.

As the 2015 holiday season approaches, you might be considering helping Sony maintain its sales lead. In a recent report by the Inquisitr, the console is dropping in price by $50, giving those who haven’t yet upgraded more incentive to splurge. Money is what makes the difference in the PS4 vs. Xbox One console war, so if you want to give Sony your vote at a discount, this is your chance.

For those of us who have the console already, there are some things you probably didn’t know about it.

According to the PlayStation Forums, your PS4 AC adapter is the same as the one you may have used with your PlayStation 2. If the adapter ever wears out or breaks, or if by chance your pet decided to turn it into their personal piece of licorice, you can always swap it with the one for the older console. The chances are good that you weren’t using both at the same time anyway.

Another PlayStation 4 hack actually emulates PS3 games. You will need a PS Now account to make it work, though. You simply rent it for a few dollars and you have the game available on your PS4. While the Xbox One boasts backwards compatibility, you might already have what you need to do the same on Sony’s console. You might also just wait and see if the PS3 games might have a “remastered” version coming out.

Are you among those gamers who uses their PS4 to watch YouTube? If so, you probably noticed it’s quite annoying to use the standard DualShock 4 to type out searches. At the bottom of the search screen, it gives you an alternative. If you have a smartphone or tablet logged into the same YouTube account on the same WiFi network, this PlayStation 4 hack could make it a lot easier. Simply tap the little square symbol on the device and select “Sony PS4,” and then select the device’s microphone search. Simply say what you’re looking for and select from the videos found using the device. Your PS4 will instantly load and play the video you just searched for with your smartphone or tablet, no typing needed. Plus, if you have to type for some reason, it’s just like texting.

Another PlayStation 4 hack you probably didn’t know is based on the fact that the controller is always wireless, even when it’s connected with the USB cord. What is the cord doing, you may ask? It’s charging the controller and keeping the battery from draining. There is absolutely no signal being relayed through that cord. Feel free to charge your DualShock 4 with your smartphone’s charger cord, or use a stock Amazon male to female extension to lengthen the cord. It does the same thing.

Nyko’s Data Bank will let you use up to a 6 TB desktop hard drive on your PS4, according to Mercury News. The performance might slow down a bit, resulting in slower load times, and the automatic update settings might be problematic. However, you won’t run out of storage on your console anytime soon, even with huge titles like Grand Theft Auto V and Batman: Arkham Knight grabbing real estate like Donald Trump. You might want a couple of high capacity USB flash drives to transfer games, saves, and the hardware update, though.

You can also use that tiny headset that came with your PS4 to issue voice commands through the controller. If you activate voice commands through your console’s settings, you can make certain simple functions as easy as just saying what you want it to do.

Again, if you don’t want to use the voice commands, this PlayStation 4 hack will allow you to simply text instead of using the DualShock 4. Download the PS4 app and sign in, and you may never need to use the PS4’s clunky console keyboard again.

[Feature image via Kotaku]