Sony’s PlayStation 4 is out. You waited in line, just barely managed to get your mitts on the new console, and now you have the box just sitting there. Now what? Setting up a new console isn’t particularly complicated—you should be familiar with the process by now. But in case you need some help and prefer not to break out that Quick Start Guide, we’re here to take you through the process. Still with us? Let’s get started.
Once you’re done fawning over the PS4’s beauty, you’ll need to hook up all the appropriate cables, including the AC power cord and included HDMI cable. Worth mentioning, Sony has acknowledged that some new PlayStation 4 consoles are experiencing issues with outputting video, so if you run into any issues, you’re not alone. If your console is unscathed, get yourself connected to the Internet, and power that sucker on; the power button, by the way, is that slim piece of plastic on the front of the console, near the Sony logo on the left.
After the simple part is taken care of, sync your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller by using the USB cable, and then the PS button. The next and final step includes setting the date and time, and then hitting Start Now; you can adjust other settings, too—there’s also an initial day-one update that needs to be downloaded, which should get your console up to speed and ready to play. The process is incredibly easy, as you can see, but we still wanted to help you along just in case you ran into any trouble.
The UI this time around is much different, and is designed with three specific sections: Function screen, Home screen and Content info screen. In the Functions screen, you can easily access your messages, check notifications, see your trophies and jump into the PlayStation Store. The Home screen is where you’ll spend most of your time, with your most recent content ordered from left to right; the Content info screen, lastly, shows you the latest information about selected content, as its name suggests.
Everything is pretty straight forward, and Sony says the UI this time around is designed to be more dynamic. It looks a lot different, but it also feels familiar and easy to use. Once you’re start gaming and connect with friends, the UI will look different than our quick tour, but you get the gist. The UI prioritizes gaming, but it also gives users easy access to other social and content features. Another aspect about the UI worth mentioning is that two applications can’t run simultaneously, but you can easily switch between different apps by simply clicking a button.