Updated 20 July 2017

Getting started with your new PlayStation 4

This article explains how to set up your PlayStation 4 for the first time, update the system software and connect to PlayStation Network.

 
 

How do I connect my PlayStation 4 to my TV?

  1. Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI OUT port on the rear of the PlayStation 4.
  2. Insert the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input on your display device.
  3. Insert the power cable into the AC IN connector on the rear of the PlayStation 4.
  4. Safely insert the power plug into a mains electrical outlet.

If you will be connecting your PlayStation 4 to the internet via a wired connection, you can now connect an Ethernet cable between the LAN port on the rear of the PlayStation 4 and your router or modem.

How do I start using my PlayStation 4?

After turning on the PlayStation 4 for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions to:

Your PlayStation 4 is now ready to use.

How do I update the system software?

Before you can access any online features of the PlayStation 4, the system software needs to be updated to the latest version. System software updates begin downloading automatically as soon as they are available, and an on-screen notification will inform you when it is ready to install.

To install the update, press up on the DUALSHOCK 4’s control pad to access the Function menu, then go to  [Notifications] > [Downloads and highlight the System Software Update then press  button.

On the next screen, choose ‘Next’ and then ‘Update’. The PlayStation 4 will now restart and begin installation. When the installation is complete, the PlayStation will restart again and you will be prompted to press the PS button on your controller. The PlayStation 4 system software update will now be complete.

If for any reason you encounter a problem, you can also download the update file to your computer manually and update the system software using a USB storage device.

How do I connect to PlayStation Network?

Once your system software is up to date, you will be prompted to sign in to PlayStation Network. If you are already a PlayStation user upgrading to PlayStation 4, you can use your existing SEN account details to sign in.

If you are new to PlayStation, you can easily use your PlayStation 4 to create a SEN account. Once registered you will be able to add friends, earn trophies, purchase content from the PlayStation Store and, most importantly, start playing!

How do I start playing a game?

  • Playing a game on a disc

Insert the disc into the disc slot, and it will appear in the content area of the home screen. Once the initial install is complete, you will be able to start the game.

If an update file is available, this will begin downloading automatically as long as you are connected to the internet. Games must be updated to the latest version to allow access to any online functionality.

  • Playing a downloaded game

If you have purchased and started downloading a game from the PlayStation Store, this will appear in the content area of the home screen. You can start the game after a portion of the game data has been downloaded by highlighting the game on the home screen and pressing  button, and any remaining data will continue to download in the background as you play the game. To check the progress of background downloads, highlight the game on the home screen and press the Options button on the DUALSHOCK 4, and then select [Information].

How do I start playing online?

To be able to play online with your friends, as well as gain access to a variety of other benefits, you can subscribe to PlayStation Plus from only £3.33 a month.

To join PlayStation Plus or start your free 14 day trial through your PlayStation 4, press Up on the DUALSHOCK 4 control pad to access the Function menu and scroll left and press  button on the PlayStation Plus icon, then select ‘Join PlayStation Plus’. You’ll also find information on the latest free games, deals and events in this area.