Playstation 4 Catch-All

Carlbear95 wrote:

I've connected it, and I believe everything is working, but about 12 hours away from release I just realized.. does a Day 1 PS4 actually run (supported) games in HDR?

Yes. It was added via a firmware update some years ago. Just make sure your video/display settings are correct.

Kurrelgyre wrote:
Carlbear95 wrote:

I've connected it, and I believe everything is working, but about 12 hours away from release I just realized.. does a Day 1 PS4 actually run (supported) games in HDR?

Yes. It was added via a firmware update some years ago. Just make sure your video/display settings are correct.

You also have to have a HDR-compatible HDMI cable - not all are. And if you use/have an older home stereo system that doesn’t support HDR pass through, you will have to connect directly to your TV.

Kurrelgyre wrote:
Carlbear95 wrote:

I've connected it, and I believe everything is working, but about 12 hours away from release I just realized.. does a Day 1 PS4 actually run (supported) games in HDR?

Yes. It was added via a firmware update some years ago. Just make sure your video/display settings are correct.

Aye. HDR is great with the correct system settings and the correct TV settings. Either the way our television stored certain settings at a base level, rather than per input, or my failing to get an improved HDR image, I toggled HDR off on the PS4 and aligned the television settings as necessary.

From memory I was toggling Color Gamut and Black Level on my television. Whilst RGB Range, HDR, Deep Colour, on the PS4. I actually got a better image without HDR for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Better black levels. Better colour range. Checked other games and other systems and found out I didn't even have my standard settings correct prior. Doh!

I really ought to attempt a proper HDR calibration.

I got stuck on the fact that certain shows on Netflix were way too dark with HDR on. And if a game was using HDR it usually looked great, but then going to the PS dashboard was also bizarrely dark.

I got frustrated trying to figure it out and turned HDR off on the PS4. I may take another look at it whenever I pick up a PS5.

Yeah. When we went to watch a film or a television series it was not good. Toggling the settings each time was irritating. I also remember the void darkness that was the PS dashboard!

Isn't it supposed to turn HDR on/off when you switch between a game, the dashboard/apps etc. I get a notification about the display mode whenever I switch to a game.

If you have a game running in HDR, then press the PS button to go back to the dashboard, it keeps HDR mode on since the game is still running in the background.

dewalist wrote:
Garth wrote:

Cleaned the fan last to help the noise level. It didn't help one iota. Bummer.

Having it get louder over time makes me think the CPU thermal paste has dried out and isn't transferring enough heat to the heatsink/fan. That's just a guess though - I haven't tried replacing it. I just put on headphones and crank the volume... :-)

That is my guess too. I am a headphone guy going forward.

Thanks everyone. Yes, setting and Cables are all ready for HDR, was more about just making sure if it actually will work when I run something that is in HDR on my old PS4. I realized I have some newer games that support it, like GoW or Horizon Zero Dawn, so I can test there too.

Random loathe: PS4 beeps loudly and gives me a judgmental message for not being powered off properly. I can’t help the power occasionally flickering, PS4! Stop yelling at me!

Hope they make the PS5 more understanding.

You can change it to shut off instead of sleep when you turn it off. But it means no suspending games and it takes a bit longer to start up. BUT STILL, no complaining that your power isn't stable.

Blind_Evil wrote:

Random loathe: PS4 beeps loudly and gives me a judgmental message for not being powered off properly. I can’t help the power occasionally flickering, PS4! Stop yelling at me!

Hope they make the PS5 more understanding.

I assume they won't, given how popular the resume feature is. If this is a regular problem that you can't address, maybe invest in a UPS battery backup? It would protect from power surges as well...

My power went out a couple weeks ago and my first thought was "the PS4 is going to be pissed"

dewalist wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

Random loathe: PS4 beeps loudly and gives me a judgmental message for not being powered off properly. I can’t help the power occasionally flickering, PS4! Stop yelling at me!

Hope they make the PS5 more understanding.

I assume they won't, given how popular the resume feature is. If this is a regular problem that you can't address, maybe invest in a UPS battery backup? It would protect from power surges as well...

Not really a big issue, maybe once every 3-4 months.

PoderOmega wrote:

My power went out a couple weeks ago and my first thought was "the PS4 is going to be pissed"

Pretty much what I think every time power goes out!

Carlbear95 wrote:

Like others I'm also dusting off the PS4 for TLoU 2. Thankfully everything looks like its working as intended. Another wrinkle for me though, since the last time I used it extensively, I've gotten a fancy HDR display. I've connected it, and I believe everything is working, but about 12 hours away from release I just realized.. does a Day 1 PS4 actually run (supported) games in HDR? For some reason I've been led to believe that you need a PS4 Pro otherwise you will get poor frame rates. Note, not running in 4K (I know my old PS4 can't do that), just curious about HDR.

I have the slim and I know both Rocket League and Spider-Man had HDR options added after I got a new TV.

good to see I’m not the only one with a scornful PS4.

I fixed my launch PS4 Pro sounding like a jet engine anytime it plays a somewhat demanding game problem!

*does happy dance*

Yeah, I just replaced the thermal paste with Arctic Silver. Went with this video:

My launch Pro was a little different but not much. I also did not have the correct Torx screwdriver with a divit, but I was able to make it work with the help of pliers. Scratched things up a bit, but I don't really care. I didn't want to wait a few days for the correct screw driver.

Fired up The Last of Us Part 2 and kept waiting for the fan to kick in because it is a hot day. I was sweating up a storm doing this fix. It never did! I'll see how it goes after extended play, but it is a remarkable improvement so far.

I will also report back if my PS4 Pro goes up in flames later. I think I was okay putting it together and making sure all the thermal pads didn't get bumped off or anything. Honestly, if it does I don't care. It was worth the risk, and I can wait for a PS5 if it dies.

Congrats, Tuffalo! That's great. I might try that with my launch Pro, but I'll wait until my PS5 is up and running. I'm not as brave as you!

dewalist wrote:

Congrats, Tuffalo! That's great. I might try that with my launch Pro, but I'll wait until my PS5 is up and running. I'm not as brave stupid as you!

FTFY in case it goes up on smoke later.

Oooh. That would be a really nice thing to fix.

I wouldn't dare to do that, but kinda crazy it works. Sony should be ashamed.

All right! Update time. I played 1-2 more hours of The Last of Us: Part 2 now. The fan does still kick in, which I expected, but it's in control now. Before, I think it was just quickly going to 100% because the temperatures where out of control. It really gets whiny at that point and it ruins your surround sound setup. Now, I feel like it's going at 50% or something of the max once you keep playing for an extended period. It doesn't get loud enough to ruin your room's surround sound which is fantastic. Mostly, it feels like the temperatures are under control on a warm day which is a good feeling.

I'm so happy with this result. I think Sony has realized this is a problem, hence the size of the PS5. I really hope that thing has good cooling as expected.

Yeah, I was never expecting a completely silent PS4. But this is ridiculous. I always wondered if it had to do with me having a 2 TB hard drive in there. But it is happening to enough people, that it is just a hardware problem, I'm sure.

I would never try that myself, but there's a shop nearby that does it for a reasonable price. They're quick, too, while-you-wait sort of thing.

I was going to go get it done, mostly for the cleaning, but that was in Feb before all hell broke loose. I don't even know if they've reopened or if they're even still in business.

BadKen wrote:

I would never try that myself, but there's a shop nearby that does it for a reasonable price. They're quick, too, while-you-wait sort of thing.

I was going to go get it done, mostly for the cleaning, but that was in Feb before all hell broke loose. I don't even know if they've reopened or if they're even still in business.

That wouldn't be a bad idea to have someone do it for you. I feel like having done it once, I could do it quicker and better given I had the proper Torx.

Garth wrote:

Yeah, I was never expecting a completely silent PS4. But this is ridiculous. I always wondered if it had to do with me having a 2 TB hard drive in there. But it is happening to enough people, that it is just a hardware problem, I'm sure.

The drive isn't terribly adjacent to the APU and its cooling system is fairly separate. I think the thermal paste is the main issue with the design. Mine was caked on and hard to clean out because it was glooped out onto everything else. It definitely had a degredation over time, too. My Pro didn't go crazy originally.

BadKen wrote:

I would never try that myself, but there's a shop nearby that does it for a reasonable price. They're quick, too, while-you-wait sort of thing.

I was going to go get it done, mostly for the cleaning, but that was in Feb before all hell broke loose. I don't even know if they've reopened or if they're even still in business.

It would be too bad if they weren't, that really is a business that they could continue to work, drop off your device after explaining what is wrong over the phone. You get a call when it is ready to be picked up.

The drive isn't terribly adjacent to the APU and its cooling system is fairly separate. I think the thermal paste is the main issue with the design. Mine was caked on and hard to clean out because it was glooped out onto everything else. It definitely had a degredation over time, too. My Pro didn't go crazy originally.[/quote]

Good to know. And I am sure that is the culprit.

Has anyone created a catch-all for Ghost of Tsushima yet? I’ve just realised it’s coming out soon and I couldn’t find one.

Wish I could easily install more fans on my launch ps4.