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Finding Quality Classic Controllers

All video games consoles need controllers, including the classic consoles from the past. But like getting hold of the consoles themselves, finding controls that are in good condition and not worn away can be a difficult task.

Where To Look

The first place to look is ebay, you are almost certain to find a controller for any games console from any year on there. The concern though is figuring out quality of the controller that is being sold.

Much of the wear that happens to controllers can be hard to see visually, especially when looking at a low quality image on ebay.

This is why the best way to get hold of a high quality classic controller is to try and find it physically. Garage sales, car boot sales, second hand shops and even some retail shops are some places that have some of these old devices. If you can hold it in your hands you can test all of the buttons and joysticks for too much wear in a second.

PS4 Tips and Tricks

The PS4 is a beast of a machine, but to tame the beast you must first understand how it works. In other words, here are some tips for using your ps4 and making the most out of your console.

Auto Switch Off

This is great if you forget to turn your PS4 off occasionally. You can set the console to automatically power off after a certain time of not being used. It’s a good idea to use unless you’re downloading games from PSN overnight.

Use Cloud Saving

Be sure to make the most of the PS4’s cloud saving function. You’ll need to have a PS Plus account though. This is the paid subscription side of PSN – the PlayStation equivalent of Xbox Live.

Download Management

One of the features that wasn’t released for a while after the PS4 was first launched. Well its here now. to use this function, pause and stop downloads in the Notifications > Downloads” or “Settings > System Store Management > Applications.

 

Are Sony Playstation Going to Kill the Games Trade Market?

Sony are already starting work on their next Playstation console, but there are rumours they will be taking a step forward to a disc-less era where new games will only be available through the PSN store, and licensed to each PSN account without the ability to download and distribute to friends.

That being said, if Sony do take this step forward they will provide a plug and play external disc drive for backwards compatibility to support PS3 and PS4 disc-based games.

The eventuality of such a step forward means that Sony will make more money and players won’t be able to trade games, or lend to their friends anymore; unless their friends are accessing a licensed account.

The benefits of downloads via PSN store are that if a console if damaged, sold or swapped that a game can easily be downloaded again for the new console. It is not known whether Sony will limit the number of downloads for each account, and whether there will be a software check that will check against registrants and their addresses they registered their consoles at; only time will tell.

The Binding of Isaac

Ah roguelikes. It is a genre of game that I never fully understood, or never quite fell in love with like the rest of the world. These are games where death tends to be permanent; you might unlock a couple of things here and there along the way that add to your efforts the next time around, but these are often exercises in frustration for gamers and I am no different. People have a limited amount of time to do anything in life, and gaming, for many, is a luxury hobby that takes up a decent amount of time. As such, they’d rather not be wasting it dying repeatedly and making no progress.
The Binding of Isaac is, in this now crowded genre, a shining example of how making slight progress can help alleviate the process and frustration of dying. As you progress you unlock a few items and, crucially, get better at the game so on subsequent playthroughs you make even more progress.

The PS4 vs X1 Sales War

There are two popular consoles battling it out right now; the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. The consoles weren’t released on the same, day, and the Xbox had a head start in terms of sales, but so far we’re finding that the PS4 is actually winning.

Both consoles were sold out during the first stage, but the Playstation 4 then had 2.1 million consoles sold out as soon as soon as they came back in stock. That certainly wasn’t the case for Xbox and it’s a sign that the Playstation 4 is taking over ever so slightly.

When the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 were being released, the Xbox had a better start, and it was significantly cheaper, yet its next generation brother is pricier than the PS4, and this could have impacted an individual’s decision on sales.

It’s certainly a case of ‘watching this space’ because we know how quickly things can change in the gaming world, but so far the early signs show that the Playstation 4 is dominating, especially in terms of sales.