Know How...

Sep 27th 2018

Know How... 402

Game Console Tips and Tricks

Imported games, media playback, game services
New episodes every Thursday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 18:00 UTC.
Category: Help & How To
For many, gaming begins with the console. Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech select a few of their favorite tips and tricks for each of the major consoles. Also, if media center capabilities is of high importance, there are definite considerations when picking a console for the home. Finally, every system has its own subscription based game service, and what they offer scales from a handful of retro titles to 600+ free games included.
 
Play Xbox One games from console to any Windows 10 PC on home network
 
1. On Xbox One, enable game streaming: Xbox Button> Settings > Preferences > Xbox app connectivity
2. This Xbox: select Allow game streaming to other devices
3. Other devices: select either Allow connections from any device OR Only from profiles signed in on this Xbox.
4. On Win 10 PC (LENOVO LEGION Y530), launch Xbox app
5. In left side panel, select Connection to scan home network for your console
6. Select the name of your console and wait for it to connect
7. From there, you can select to launch Game Streaming, and pick a game to stream!
8. Quality adjustment for streaming: Settings > Xbox One > Streaming Quality (low->Very high)
Intel Core i5 @ 2.30GHz, 8GB RAM
 
Required:
System Software 2.0+
2mbps+ upload speed
PlayStation Plus subscription (just you, or both depending on mode)
 
Setup Share Play
1. Invite friend into party from home screen
2. Load game
3. Press share button
4. Select Share Play
5. Select friend
6. PS4's now linked, 60 min session begins
 
Have friend play for you (PS+ req'd for YOU only)
1. Press share button
2. Select Share Play
3. Select Give Controller to Visitor
4. Allow visitor to play for you
5. Share button > Take Back Controller when done
 
Play friend in multiplayer (PS+ req'd for BOTH of you)
1. Share button
2. Select Share Play
3. Select Give controller to visitor
4. Select Play a Game Together
5. Share button > Take Back Controller when done
 
REMEMBER: Use a different email, AND put desired eshop region into the Country/Region box 
2. On Switch: System settings > User < Add New User 
3. Choose a new icon/user name 
4. Link this new user to the NEW Nintendo Account you just created online 
5. Press home if you are presented with a screen full of Japanese text 
6. Select eShop from Home, then your Japanese account 
7. Once you verify your account, enjoy the new selection of games!
 
Xbox One
The system that will surpass your new TV
What it has: Media Apps, Blu-ray, DVD, Media Remote, Live TV passthrough/OneGuide/DVR, OneGuide, Audio CD, USB Media playback, play your music as game background, 4K UHD Blu-ray (Xbox One S)
Supported media formats:
3GP audio
3GP video
3GP2
AAC
ADTS
animated GIF
.asf
AVI DivX
DV AVI
AVI uncompressed
AVI Xvid
BMP
JPEG
GIF
H.264 AVCHD
M-JPEG" ".mkv
.mov
MP3
MPEG-PS
MPEG-2 MPEG-2 HD
MPEG-2 TS
H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
MPEG-4 SP
PNG
TIFF
WAV
WMA
WMA Lossless
WMA Pro
WMA Voice
WMV
WMV HD
Supports DLNA Media Server
Supports 3rd party Windows 10 UWP apps to fill in the gaps
 
PS4
Matches what you might find on your smart TV
What it has: Media Apps, Blu-ray, DVD, Media Remote, USB Media playback, Play your music as game background, 4K (PS4 Pro)
What it doesn't have: Audio CD support, 4K UHD Blu-ray (PS4 Pro)
 
Nintendo Switch
Doesn't care about your media consumption preferences
What it has: Limited Media Apps (HULU), no media player, that's... really about it
What it doesn't have: Media Center capability, Media player app, MicroSD can't be used for movies/music playback, No playing your music in background of a game
There have been hints that the console could become more media focused after the first few years of it's launch as it focuses first on gaming.
 
Xbox One
- Netflix for video games
- 100+ games at launch June 2017 with new games added and removed over time
- Select titles for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Xbox
- Unlimited games downloads to the console (not streamed)
- Discount for game purchase while its featured in Game Pass $9.99/mo
 
- Subscription service that enables online gaming, chat, voice communication, game recording, media sharing
 
PS4
- Cloud gaming streaming service
- Games streamed to the console
- 5mbps+ connection recommended
- Selection of PS2, PS3 and PS4 titles
- 650+ titles currently available, new games each month $19.99/mo, $29.99/3mo
 
- Subscription service enabling online gaming, monthly discounts, free games
 
Nintendo Switch
- Just launched September 18
- Library of NES games
- Online multiplayer gaming
- Cloud save game data
- Smartphone app for live talk during gameplay
- Discounts

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