An Easy Guide To Set Up PS4 – Everything You Need To Know

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Are you setting up your PS4 for the first time? You want the entire process to be flawless. It’s understandable. You wouldn’t want to run into unwanted errors and incompatibility issues.

This easy guide covers various aspects of setting up a PS4 console. It covers how to hook up your PS4, set up PS4, sign up, etc.

Furthermore, you will also get information on other parts of the PS4, like how to set up a VR. We will also cover a quick guide on updating PS4 and how to use it correctly. Let’s begin by asking the right questions:

What Is A PS4 Set Up? 

The white playstation 4 console

A PS4 Set Up is a process in which you connect your PS4 to a TV and the internet and login with your ID. It enables you to play games with your preferences, and you set up the interface.

When you buy a brand new PS4, it doesn’t come pre-setup. There is no way for you to plug in and play the games. You have to create an ID, download games, and much more. That is basically what the setup for PS4 is.

The entire point of setting up a PS4 is to avoid future inconveniences. These can be errors in loading the game, ID, connecting controller, or headsets. Even setting up VR headsets, if not calibrated correctly, can lead to problems.

So, this guide will help you mitigate all this. Let’s dive right in with the first question you might have:  

What Do I Need To Setup A PS4? 

The Wireless DualShock 4 PS4 Controller

When you buy a PS4 console, you will get:

  • The console is in the color you bought it.
  • A power cable.
  • An HDMI Cable.
  • One wireless controller with a micro-USB cable for charging.
  • An earbud with an integrated microphone.

Apart from these, you will also need:

  • An active internet connection. Wi-Fi will be preferable.
  • You might also need an Email ID or PlayStation ID. The PS4 may allow you to create one.
  • You will also need a TV screen. A TV that is compatible with the HDMI cable of your PlayStation 4.

How Do You Setup A PS4 For The First Time?

  1. Hook Up Your PS4
  2. Set Up Your PS4 For The First Time
  3. Connecting To The PlayStation Network Account
  4. Signing Up To The PlayStation Network
  5. Activate As Your Primary PS4
  6. Playing Games On PS4
  7. Putting PS4 Into Rest Mode
  8. To Completely Power Off The PS4 

1. Hook Up Your PS4 

Connecting cables to the PS4 console white

Now that you have your console out of the box, it is time for you to hook it up. Hooking PS4 means connecting everything that is physically available. 

  • First, connect the HDMI cable to the TV’s available port. Connect the other than to the PlayStation 4’s HDMI out port. 
  • Next, connect the power cable to the PlayStation. The plug will go into the socket, then switch it on to power up. 
  • You will have to first charge your PS4 controller before beginning the setup.
  • To charge the controller, you will have the Micro-USB port at the controller’s top side. 
  • Connect the micro-USB cable the controller came with. Then connect the other end to the PlayStation 4’s USB port. The ports are available on the front side of the console.
  •  Remember that the cable is too short for you to play while actively connecting the charger. Playing with the charger connected is not a good idea, as it can compromise the battery life and performance. 

2. Set Up Your PS4 For The First Time

The power button on the Playstation 4 console

Now, let’s begin with the actual setting up process for the PS4:

  • The PS4 console has very slick buttons available on the console. These are pretty thin. You will have to press the top one. It has the ‘Power’ icon on it. This will power up your console.
  • Upon powering on, you might see something like ‘Initializing.’ This is a system configuring itself for a better experience.
  • The PS4 might reboot after the Initializing process completes.
  • Next, the setup will ask you to press the PlayStation button on the controller. The PS button is in the middle of the Start And Select button (a little to the bottom). Press it once.
  • This will connect the controller, and now you will walk through the setup.
  • First, you will choose a language. There are countless languages available. So, you can select your Native language or go with English.
  • Next, you will have to connect it to the internet. You can use the Wireless (Wi-Fi) connection or connect through the Ethernet cable.  Both options are available for the PS4. You will need your router to connect via cable. 
  • Set up an internet connection on your modem in advance with a password to access it. If you’re using the LAN cable, the process will be different. 
  • Once you finish that, you must set the date and time. It is not an automatic process. So, you will have to insert the date and time manually.
  • The PlayStation 4 might download the latest updates after completing the setup. It might even ask you to reboot. You can choose to download the updates or install them later.

3. Connecting To The PlayStation Network Account

The PlayStation Network Sign In Window On PS4 Console

A PlayStation Network Account is essential to ensure that you can save your progress. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have access to Cloud Storage and lose the Saved Data.

A Free PlayStation Network Account will enable you to access the Online Store. Thus, you can buy and download games or demos. It will allow you to download apps and much more.

It is the same as logging into a Google PlayStore to access all the features it offers.

  • On the main menu of the PS4, you will see a Profile option. Select it.
  • Next, select the User Profile, whatever it is. It might be a default username like User1. Don’t edit the username yet.
  • Once you select the profile, you will see the ‘ Sign In To PlayStation Network’ option. Select it.
  • Now you can provide the Email ID and Password. If you don’t have an account, select ‘New To PlayStation Network? Create An Account.’

If a new update is available, you might have to update the PS4. Otherwise, you will have trouble connecting to the PS4 Network. 

4. Signing Up To The PlayStation Network

The default user profile on the Sony PlayStation 4 console

You will need one if you don’t already have a PlayStation account. The signup process is straightforward:

  • Select the option mentioned earlier. Next, provide a valid Email address.
  • The password you provide will be for your PS4 ID, not the Email access.
  • Next, you will have to go to your Email (the one you provided) and verify it for confirmation. This will create your PS4 account.
  • Next, you might have to select some preferences like the City and Location, among other things. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • You can also customize the Avatar during the signup process.
  • There are also sharing settings for the account. It would help if you edited them according to your preference.
  • There’s a possibility that you might receive a PlayStation Plus Membership subscription prompt. You can skip it if you don’t want to spend the money on a membership.

5. Activate As Your Primary PS4

Activate as your primary PS4 activate do not activate prompt

Once you finish the above-given process, you will receive a prompt. It will ask you to Activate or Do not Activate the PS4 as your primary: 

  • Select Activate if you don’t have any other PlayStation console in general.
  • Remember that doing so will limit your ID’s access to the designated console. If you want to access the ID on another PlayStation, you must remove it from this console. It is an extensive process.
  • Generally, activating this PS4 as your primary PS4 will enable you to share the content. You can access each other’s downloaded games on the same console across the profiles. So, that’s a plus.

6. Playing Games On PS4

List of games on the Playstation store

Now that you’re done with the setup of the Playstation 4, it is time to play the games. After all, that’s what we are here for. So, here is how you do it:

  • Open the PlayStation Store to browse the game you want to play. You can go ahead and buy them to download them.
  • If you have a disc for playing games, you can insert them.
  • Inserting a game disc is easy. Remember the power button? The button right below it is an Eject button. First, press it to ensure no disc is already inside the PS4.
  • Next, you see the slim opening next to the USB ports on the PS4. This is where you will put and insert your CD.

7. Putting PS4 Into Rest Mode

putting PS4 into rest mode

The PS4 rest mode allows you to keep the operating system running. It is the same as the Sleep mode on your PC. But, it allows you to consume less power and keep the system on.

The purpose of Rest Mode is for you to take a break. You can return to resume your game where you left. To activate the Rest Mode On PS4:

  • Press the power button and keep holding it until you hear a beep.
  • Stop pressing immediately after the first beep. This will show you that the PS4 is going to rest mode.
  • To resume rest mode, press the power button again, launching the system to full power.

8. To Completely Power Off The PS4

Preparing to turn off Ps4

You can also quickly turn off the PS4 button. There is no need for you to use the built-in interface. It is pretty easy:

  • Press and hold the power button as you did for the Rest Mode. You will hear a beep.
  • Keep holding the power button after the first beep, don’t release it. You will hear the second beep.
  • Then you will see the screen showing you that the system is powering off.

How To Setup PS4 VR? 

The Playstation VR headsets

Setting up VR Headsets is relatively easy:

  • Once you unbox the VR headsets, plug all the cables to the console in the correct port.
  • Remember that VR Headsets have an HDMI PS4 port, and for TV, it says HDMI TV port on the PS4 console. So, use the correct ports.
  • Power up your entire system. If everything is connected correctly, the VR headsets will glow blue.
  • Next, it might ask for updates. Your PS4 will also update for the VR-enabled capabilities. Allow it.
  • Once done, you can go ahead and enjoy the VR headsets.

How To Update The PlayStation 4 Firmware? 

System Software Update For PS4

Your PlayStation will tell you if an update is available in most cases. You will receive a notification. If that doesn’t work:

  • Go to the settings of your PlayStation 4.
  • There you will find the System Software Update option. Click on it.
  • PS4 also lets you download the update on a USB flash drive and install it on your console.

During the update process, it is better not to do anything else. Please don’t play games or download anything. It could hinder the update process.

Conclusion – How To Set Up PS4? 

Now you can go ahead and enjoy PS4 games without any problem. Don’t forget to use Wi-Fi with high-speed performance. If you want zero latency, then a wired connection would be better. 

Setting up audio or headphones is also relatively easy. All you need to do is connect them to the correlated AUX port. You don’t need an AC Connector for the Sony PlayStation. Have a PSN account if you want to enjoy non-stop gameplay. 

That said, we hope that our manual, or guide, helps you learn everything. So go ahead and have fun. 


How Do I Setup PS4 Remote Play? 

Setting up Remote Play is fairly easy. All you need to do is go to settings. You will find Remote Play Connection Settings in the list. Access it and click on Add Device. It will show you an eight-digit code to put into the device you want to connect via remote play. You might have to download an app if you’re using it for Android or iOS devices.

How To Setup A PS4 Controller On A PC? 

There are three ways to connect the PS4 controller to the PC. The first is by using Steam. Another is through the Bluetooth option, and the final one is the DS4 Windows utility. These are the only known ways to connect a PS4 controller to a PC. They will have limited functionalities. 

Do You Need Internet To Setup A New PS4?

You will need an internet connection for various reasons. It allows you to check for updates. You will also have to connect to the PlayStation Network. The latest PS4 consoles work with cloud computing technology. So, it would be best to have an active Wi-Fi connection to play and enjoy games. It also enables you to save progress. 

How Do I Setup My PS4 To My TV?

Once you connect the HDMI cable to the PS4 and TV, turn on the TV. Next, you will have to use the remote controller of your TV to access the HDMI channels. It should have a button to access the HDMI display port. The TV will need you to access the corresponding channel depending on which port you are connected to.