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How To Get The Most From Your New PS4 Pro

When the PS4 Pro was launched in the tail end of 2016, it heralded the beginning of 4K HDR console gaming. And while it has now been joined by the Xbox One X, it is still an amazing, flagship games machine - especially for its price, often found below £300.

So if you've already decided to match your 4K HDR TV with one of the the best consoles on the planet you're probably wondering what it is fully capable of. Yeah, it can play games and play games well, but are there any secrets or tips that can improve the experience?

There certainly are, and here is a great selection of some of the best.

How to play your existing PS4 games in 4K HDR?

Developers and publishers have enhanced many of their existing games to make use of 4K, HDR and/or better frame rates when played on a PS4 Pro. Many games already have all-new abilities and many more will follow. But, you want a great and high quality PS4 monitor so support it, read more at lyncconf.com.

How to transfer your games, save files and profile from your old PS4?

If you've upgraded to a PS4 Pro from an original or slim PS4 you can directly transfer your important data from the old console to the new. That includes users and their settings, games and save files, plus screengrabs and video clips.

You will need at least one Ethernet (LAN) cable and both machines to be switched on at the same time. You also need a lot of patience as the transfer process can take a fair while, especially if you have a lot of games stored on your hard drive.

It is possible to do it over a wireless or wired home network. If you do it through the two consoles' Wi-Fi connections you need the Ethernet cable to directly hook them together, through their respective LAN ports. Otherwise, if they are both connected to your home network by cable, you don't need to connect them together.

Once set up correctly and switched on, sign into the PlayStation Network on your PS4 Pro, update the system software to the latest version if necessary, and head to Settings>System>Transfer Data from Another PS4. Follow the instructions and make yourself a cup of tea (or several) while you wait for the process to finish.

How to restore your save files from the cloud?

If you are a PlayStation Plus member and have the option to save games online enabled on your older PS4, you can download them back to your new machine in order to simply carry on. If you don't have that option switched on, head to Settings>Application Saved Data Management>Auto-Upload on your old PS4 and click the check box of each game you want to back up to the cloud. Also head to Settings>Power Saving Settings>Set Features Available in Rest Mode and ensure the checkbox for Stay Connected to the Internet is ticked.

Then your machine will back up your saves online automatically, when your PS4 is in sleep mode.

To download them again to your PS4 Pro, head back to Settings>Application Saved Data Management select Saved Data in Online Storage, click on Download to System Storage and you'll see a list of all the games there are save files available for.

You can download each game's files individually, even each separate save file for each game if there are several, but for speed you can also tap the Options button and select them all. It's worth noting however that only the files for games installed on your new system will download. If you install a game afterwards, you'll have to repeat the process.

How to ensure you are getting 4K and HDR?

Hopefully, the PS4 Pro should automatically detect your 4K HDR TV when it first boots up, but if not you can check the settings yourself.

Head to Settings>Sound and Screen>Video Output Settings. Here you can set the resolution (2160p - RGB for 4K HDR) or leave it set at Automatic to adapt on a game by game basis. You can also set your screen size to optimise the view in 3D mode, the RGB Range (although that's best left at Automatic), HDR and Deep Colour Output. Leave the last two at Automatic.

You can also check your TVs capabilities and output format under Video Output Information.

How to turn your TV on automatically?

One cool feature, if you have a compatible TV, is to have the PS4 turn on your set and even turn to the right source as you start up the console. Head to Settings>System and ensure that the checkbox for Enable HDMI Device Link is ticked.

How to link a Bluetooth headset?

If you don't want to use wired headphones or a gaming headset, either of which can be plugged into the DualShock 4 controller, you can use link any Bluetooth 'phones or headset to your PS4 Pro.

Head to Settings>Devices>Bluetooth Devices and if you have your desired headphones in pair mode they should be seen by your console and appear on this screen. Just follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

You might need to select the designated audio device before you game. Head to Settings>Devices>Audio Devices>Output Device and select the headset you want to use. If you want to use your TV speakers or other speaker system, don't forget to go back in and change it back again.

Can you get HDR when the PSVR is connected?

In order to feed both your TV and the PlayStation VR images, you have to connect a PSVR Processor Unit to your PS4 Pro via HDMI and use a separate HDMI connection to your TV.

The first model of the PSVR - released in 2016 - is compatible with 4K so can passthrough 2160p images, but it is not compatible with HDR. That means, if you want to make use of HDR pictures on compatible games you have to unplug the Processor Unit and connect your console directly to the TV whenever you are not using the VR headset.

The more recent PSVR model released at the end of 2017 (the one with built-in headphones) does come with a Processor Unit compatible with HDR passthrough. Unfortunately, the older PSVR headset is not compatible with the new Processor Unit.

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