What’s in the box, how to set up your PS4 and getting connected online.
As well as your console and DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, there are a few other bits that you’ll need to get started:
Your PS4 can connect to your home WiFi network, or – for a more stable connection and faster download speeds – via an Ethernet cable to your modem. It all happens via the Settings > Network menu on your PS4.
Once you’re connected, online gaming, video streaming, social networking and everything else is yours to explore.
Set up a free PlayStation Network account for each user and they’ll have a unique online ID that connects them to the world of PlayStation.
An account for PlayStation Network is your invitation to our online world – create a unique user profile, download games and movies, and connect with friends.
Create accounts for each family member and have full control over what they can play, watch and do online.
PlayStation Network – or PSN – is the entire PlayStation online ecosystem. Once you create your PSN ID, you can get started with all of our online services, like online gaming with PlayStation Plus, downloadable games and movies from PlayStation Store, TV and movie streaming services and everything else that your PS4 can do online.
Now you’re all set up, it’s time to play some games…
Build up a collection of physical games on PS4 Blu-ray Disc from high street shops and online retailers – that’s what the disc slot on the front of your PS4 is for, after all.
PlayStation Store is our online shop, where you’ll find every PS4 game as soon as they’re released, plus game demos, add-ons, pre-orders and more. And with regular sales and promotions on digital games, building up your game library won’t break the bank (or your PSN wallet).
And it’s not just about games. The PlayStation Video section has the latest movies and TV shows to download or stream, as well as a selection of free entertainment apps.
PlayStation Store is available from your PS4 home screen, on PC and on your smartphone via the PlayStation App.
PS Now is our game streaming service that gives you instant access to a library of hundreds of PS3 and PS4 games, ready to stream and play whenever you like. New PlayStation Now games are added each month, so even hardcore gamers will never run out of adventures.
PlayStation Now is a subscription service that allows you to stream a huge selection of PS3 and PS4 games to either your PS4 console or a Windows PC. The game library has over 500 titles to choose from, playable without having to download anything – you just need an internet connection and an active PS Now subscription.
That’s right – join PlayStation Plus and every month your game library grows by two PS4 titles, so as long as you remain a member, you’ll never run out of things to play.
As a member, you’ll get exclusive discounts on selected digital games – as well as extra savings piled on top of our regular promotions and sales.
With Share Play, any online friend can join your party and watch you play in real time, play the game themselves, or join you in a multiplayer match. They don’t even need to own the game themselves.
You can join PS Plus on a one, three or 12 month recurring payment plan – or try it out with a 14 day free trial that gives you full access to all of the games, online multiplayer and discounts that members enjoy.
Connect and share your gaming experiences to social media, with your PSN friends, or watch what the world is playing.
Press SHARE on your controller and you can upload screenshots and video clips to Twitter or YouTube – or let a friend play your game via PS4 Share Play.
If you’re a wannabe YouTuber, have your own Twitch channel or just want to show off your skills, hit SHARE and start a live broadcast of your gameplay for anyone to watch.
There are loads of ways to chat to your friends on PS4 – either in a party, with text messaging, or via our dedicated app.
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