5 Fun Things to Do With Your New PS4

So, you were good enough this year that Santa dropped a PlayStation 4 down the chimney or your loved one bought you the best next-gen console for a special occasion. What now? Where does one begin with such a powerful, versatile machine? Here are your simple instructions new PS4 owners, should you choose to accept them:

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Buy a Big Game

Player Tries To Master The Newly Released Grand Theft Auto IV
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It’s obviously the place to start. With all the fun things your PS4 can do, it will be first, foremost, and last a video game-playing experience for most of you. Let’s say you didn’t get one of those bundle packs with games already included and literally have nothing to play. Where should you begin? We have a list of the best video games to buy to get you started playing and making the most of your PS4.

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Download a Small Game

You’re going to need to become friend with the PSN (PlayStation Network), and there’s no better way to do so than to start shopping. The PSN is essential to the PS4 experience. Sony has designed this machine to be a social experience, whether it’s in multiplayer combat, leaderboards, or social sharing of videos and screenshots. That stuff will all come naturally, as you experience the online portions of each game individually. First, you should take whatever free game Sony is offering through the PlayStation Plus right now. Prepare yourself for something new every month. You should also dive into a few games that don’t come with your PlayStation Plus membership.

Here are my picks for some the best small games to buy, which are all available on Amazon.com: 

  • Child of Light is a role-playing game that follows the journey of Aurora, who travels to the world of Lemuria.
  • Zen Pinball 2 is a classic, fun arcade game (no quarters required!) in a Star Wars theme. 
  • The Walking Dead is a thrilling, addictive game that takes place not long after a zombie apocalypse.
  • Tales From the Borderlands is like a Choose Your Own Adventure video game full of twists and turns. 
  • The Wolf Among Us is based on based on Bill Willingham’s comic book series “Fables" and closely follows the lives of several famous fairy tale characters. 
  •  Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama video game that follows along with the hit namesake TV show.
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Set Up Your Entertainment Options

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The TV/Video services on the PS4 are robust and plentiful, easily serving as replacements for cable for an increasing number of people. You can access almost all of your favorites through the PS4 with quick app downloads, and most of them come with free trials for you to pick and choose your favorite. Personally, Netflix and Vudu have become staples in our household. The former is a well-known entity, but you should know that the interface on the PS4 is better than most systems, and the streaming quality is stellar. Hulu Plus looks good too, as does Amazon Instant Streaming (Amazon Prime). The PSN offers the same wide selection of On Demand titles as Vudu but the interface isn’t nearly as pretty. And you can use Vudu to store all the Ultraviolet copies of most recent Blu-rays in your house.

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Hook It Up to the Rest of Your House

Your PS4 can serve as an entertainment portal for many of your electronics, as long as they’re not made by Apple. If you have photos on your laptop or music you’d like to stream from it, that’s possible too, although the wi-fi speed needed for it to be seamless can be a bit much. We're hoping for the day that Spotify and Sirius Radio have apps on the PS4. Until then, you may want to try out the 30 days free of Music Unlimited that likely came with your system.