Will PS5 Play PS4 and PS3 Games?

Backwards compatibility, or the ability for a console to run game discs from the previous generation, is an important feature for a system to have. PlayStation consoles have not been consistently backwards compatible, such as with the PS4 not playing PS3 or PS2 games (unless they’ve been ported to the PS4 format). 

So, with the newest edition to the PlayStation family of consoles now available, many fans are wondering: can the PS5 play older PS4 or PS3 games? 

The answer is a little bit complex depending on what you’re trying to play, but for this console backwards compatibility has certainly been a focus for Sony. 

Can the PS5 Play PS4 Games?

The good news is that the PS5 has been made backwards compatible with PS4 games, but how you play them depends on which version of the PS5 console you’ve bought. 

If you got the PS5 with the disc drive, you’ll be able to use your PS4 discs on your PS5 console. You can also play PS4 games that you may have downloaded already from the PlayStation store. They’ll automatically be connected when you log into your PS5 with your PlayStation Network account. 

If you got the PS5 Digital Edition, you can still play PS4 games, but you won’t be able to play any PS4 discs you may have. The digital PS4 games you own will be playable though. 

You can also play PS4 PlayStation VR games on the PS5, yet you’ll also need a PS VR headset, PlayStation Camera for PS4, and a Camera adaptor. You can request a PlayStation Camera adaptor for free from Sony to connect your PS VR headset to your PS5. 

Can the PS5 Play PS3 Games?

Unfortunately, the PS5 can’t play PS3 game discs, but there are some PS3 games you will be able to play. PlayStation has released many PS3 games as PS4 remasters, such as Last of Us and God of War, and you can definitely play them on the PS5. 

With the PS5 you’ll also be able to use PlayStation Now, which is a streaming service that allows you to stream games from cloud-based servers. With this service, you can play select games from the PS3 as well as the PS2. PlayStation Now requires a monthly fee, but you’ll have access to any of these games you want to play. 

So, while technically the PS5 can’t play PS3 games, many of your favorites from that generation will be available for you to play on the PS5 in some way. 

How About Older PlayStation Games?

The answer to this is about the same as with PlayStation 3 games. You can’t use PS2 or PS1 discs with the PS5, however there are some PS2 and PS1 games that are available on the PlayStation store as well as remastered versions (such as MediEvill) made for the PS4. 

Games you buy on the PS4 through the PlayStation store, as previously mentioned, are automatically connected to your PSN (PlayStation Network) account. This goes for any digital game, no matter what generation they are from. When you log into your PS5 with your PSN account, all your digital games from your PS4 should be available to you. 

So, this means that digital versions of older PlayStation games will be available for you to play on the PS5. If you don’t want to buy any digital versions of these games, like with PS3 games there’s also the option of using PlayStation Now. 

This service offers not only PS3 games, but also older PS2 games. This makes it easy to play any game you want without having to buy it if you don’t want to. Playing PS1 games may be harder to achieve, as there isn’t really a library of them on PlayStation Now, but for some games you can find remastered versions for the PS4. 

Why Can’t Older Games Be Played on the PS5?

There’s a reason why backwards compatibility for PS3 games on newer consoles is so difficult: the inner makeup of the PS3 system is wildly different from that of the PS5. This makes it a waste of time to make PS3 games playable on the newest console.

The PS3 ran on a unique processing system, making it extremely difficult to replicate and emulate. The PS4, in comparison, is more compatible with the PS5. And, since there are already many ways to play PS3 games on the latest consoles, Sony hasn’t felt it imperative to take up such a difficult task. 

As for even older consoles, their systems are even further removed from the PS5, so Sony opts instead to change and remaster the individual games themselves instead of making a difficult change to the console as a whole. 

More Choices With Remastered Games

As time goes on you’ll likely see more and more remastered versions of your favorite classic games, so don’t feel too discouraged if some of the ones you love aren’t available for you to play on the PS5 yet. 

So, tell us which are remakes and remastered games you want to see on the PlayStation 5?

8 Best 2D Games for Windows

Video game companies are always competing to come out with the latest and greatest in graphic technology. Every year, more and more advances are made in realistic, high-resolution 3D graphics. But, sometimes, maybe you want something just a little bit more simple. 

Some of the best games created were from the 2D era, and many game developers seek to continue this type of game design. Many of these games prove that pixelated, 2D graphics can look just as eye-pleasing, if not more at times, than their 3D counterparts. 

If you’re missing the days of 2D gameplay, you can find lots of amazing modern games for Windows 10 that will fill this gap. Here are some of the best 2D games you can play right now. 

1. Stardew Valley

This game is a casual simulation RPG where you’re an owner of a farm. You have moved away from city life to Stardew Valley, which is populated with other farmers, store owners and townspeople. 

In Stardew Valley, you complete tasks in order to grow your farm. But there are also many other things you can do, such as befriend other characters, complete requests, and explore the valley itself. 

If you like more of a slow-paced game, this one has been known to be quite addicting. Not only that, but it has some great, colorful 2D pixel graphics. 

2. Terraria

This game has most frequently been compared to Minecraft, as it’s very similar in concept. You can explore, craft, mine, and build all within a 2D platform world. You can mine for materials that will allow you to craft tools and other objects for you to use during gameplay.

Another great aspect of the game is that you can play in multiplayer, so you can explore the world with your friends as well. If you enjoy sandbox type games, Terraria will definitely keep you entertained. 

3. Undertale

When Undertale was released, it was instantly a smash hit for its unique gameplay and storyline. It’s a roleplaying adventure 2D game where instead of killing enemies, you attempt to spare them. 

You play as a young child, exploring an entirely underground world to complete certain objectives. The art style is very similar to turn-based RPGs of the past, such as Earthbound, with just as similar mechanics. However, it’s also very unique thanks to its original gameplay and the ability to achieve multiple different endings depending on how you play the game. 

4. Starbound

Starbound is a 2D sci-fi adventure game where you explore a vast world with alien creatures, complete quests, fight enemies, and pretty much do whatever you want. It’s a lot like Terraria, but you may enjoy this game more if you like space environments and sci-fi elements. 

You have your own spaceship in the game (which you can customize to your liking) that you can use to travel to different planets and explore. There are many quests for you to complete in order to propel the story forward and further your space expedition. 

5. Don’t Starve/ Don’t Starve Together

The goal of the 2D game is pretty evident in the title. You pick a character and scavenge the 2D world for resources in order to build tools, a fire, and make sure you don’t go hungry. The game cycles through daytime and nighttime, and during the night you’ll want to be sure you’ve gathered enough during the day to make it through.

The original game, Don’t Starve, is for single-player gameplay. Don’t Starve Together is the same game, yet made so that you can brave the unpredictable in-game world with your friends. The world is also randomly generated every time you start a new game, so you get an entirely new experience every time you play. 

6. Ori and the Blind Forest

This puzzle platformer game is absolutely beautiful. It’s also widely renowned for its plotline, gameplay elements, and music score. It won’t take much for you to become immersed in this game’s world as you venture throughout it, playing as a guardian spirit exploring and restoring a forest. 

There are many different elements of the game including combat with enemies, gaining experience and upgrades, and improving skills. All this in a breathtaking 2D landscape.

7. Cuphead

Need more of a challenge? Cuphead, when first released, was notorious for being an extremely difficult game. Yet it makes up for whatever frustration it may cause you with a uniquely charming art style and atmosphere. 

Greatly inspired by old-time cartoons, you play as two brothers, Cuphead and Mugman, and encounter countless bosses as you move throughout the shoot-em-up style levels. The difficulty level of each boss varies and you’ll find each battle to be distinct from the last. If you’re finding it too hard on your own, you also have the ability to play with a friend as you each control one of the brothers. 

8. Shovel Knight

Side-scrolling platformer games have been a classic for a while, so much so that new iterations of the genre are still being produced. Shovel Knight is an especially good 2D game, going back to an 8-bit art style much like the real classics. 

You play through the story as a knight, fighting through each platforming level to defeat enemies and collect treasures. You can also upgrade your health, armor, and equipment with the money you earn throughout each level. The game reached immense critical acclaim for its design and style, being such a refreshing take on the genre. It even won multiple Best Game of the Year awards for 2014. 

Best Camera Settings For Portraits

Learning to take good pictures of people is an important part of any photographer’s arsenal. Just like any other certain type of photo, there are camera settings that will suit portrait taking better than others. 

You’ll always want to make sure you have the equipment you need for these types of photos as well. As far as lenses go, an 85mm will be your best bet in keeping more focus on the subject rather than the background. Also be sure you always have a tripod so that you don’t get blurry, messy images.

A camera that shoots in manual mode to allow you to change the settings is necessary, and you can follow this guide for the best settings to apply to your camera for portrait photos.

ISO

For most photography, you’ll want to keep your ISO as low as possible in order to get the best quality image. The more you raise the ISO, the grainier and noisier your pictures will be. This is why it’s important to shoot with a good light source, so that you can keep the ISO low. 100-400 is best.

However, if you’re finding it difficult to keep good lighting, it’s okay to raise it as much as you need to. You can always edit images to get rid of some graininess, but try your best to get good lighting when you can.

Aperture

For portrait photos, the aperture depends on what kind of effect and look you want to achieve. Most of the time, for portraits, a wider aperture from f/1.8 to f/4 will work well to blur out the background and keep your model in focus. 

When using a wide aperture like this, you’ll need to be precise about where your focus is. For portraits, the best place to focus is on the eyes, as this is where we naturally look to first when we see pictures of people. A wide aperture may blur out even some of the subject, so be precise when you’re choosing which one to shoot in. If you’re struggling to focus in the right area, set the aperture to f/4. 

For group portrait photos, you’ll want a smaller aperture so you can get everyone into focus. You won’t have to worry about getting focus exactly on one set of eyes, but have the aperture just wide enough so the background is more blurred. 

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is an important aspect to think about when taking any photo, and portraits are not an exception. For these types of photos it can vary depending on your subject. A faster shutter speed, such as 1/125 or more, is best for when you’re taking pictures of kids or groups. 

You can do lower shutter speeds if you’re working with a single person who won’t move too much, or if you have a tripod. But in most cases, you’ll want to keep the speed rather fast in order to keep your images focused and sharp.

People tend to move a lot, especially their eyes, so getting the camera to keep up with it will help you capture less blurry outcomes. If there’s a reason you would want motion blur in your image, though, a slower shutter speed would be good to achieve this. Just make sure your camera is steady on a tripod so that you don’t blur out the entire image. 

White Balance

This setting will depend on what kind of lighting situation you’re shooting under. Using one of your camera’s white balance presets will help you a lot in this case. Just find which one suits your conditions best or that you prefer the look of. 

If you’re taking your photos outside, the Daylight or Cloudy settings will work well. For indoors, see how much natural lighting you can get and you can use similar settings. Or, you can create your own custom white balance settings which work well indoors where the lighting doesn’t change much from one place to another. 

You won’t want to have just your auto white balance on because it will change the camera’s settings too much from photo to photo and you won’t be able to get a consistent look. 

Focus

You can use automatic focus for portrait photos, but you’ll want to be sure you have single-point focus or manual AF point on in order to have your camera focus exactly where you want it. This will likely be just the face for portrait photos, so that’s why it’s important to have single-point on. 

If you have multiple points set for the camera to focus to, it will usually not focus exactly where you want it to.

Also, you’ll want to have your camera set to single shot instead of continuous focus. Single shot will keep your focus in one area, while continuous will adjust the focus area depending on the movement of the subject. Most often for portraits, your subject won’t be doing much movement like walking or running, so you won’t need your camera to adjust the focus for that. 

Single-Shooting

You may be tempted to use continuous shooting while taking portraits so you have lots of different photos to choose from when it comes time to weed out the ones you don’t like. However, when photographing people, all this does usually is capture a lot of unflattering movement, like closed eyes or split-second gestures. 

The best route to take here is to use single-shooting. This way you can wait until your subject is in the perfect position and then shoot your photo. It will make for a lot less junk to sift through and many more photos you’ll actually want to keep

So, when it comes to the best camera settings for portrait photography, the best advice is to take it slow and shoot only when you and your subject are ready. 

3 Ways to Turn Off a PS4 (Controller, Button, and Auto)

It’s a good idea to turn off your PS4 whenever you’re done playing. Not only does this help to save power, but it’ll also help you preserve the life of your console. PlayStation has made it easy to turn off the PS4 in different ways

The easiest way is to use your controller to go into the main menu and turn off the PS4 from there. But sometimes, you might not have your controller or it’s run out of battery. So, there’s also ways you can turn off the console without it, as well as set an auto shutdown if you forget to turn it off. 

Use Your Controller to Turn Off Your PS4

Make sure you’re on the PS4 home screen. You can press the PlayStation button at any time in any game or app to return to the home screen. 

  1. Press up on the controller’s D-pad to go into the Function screen
  1. Scroll all the way to the right. Select Power > Power Options
  1. Select Turn Off PS4.

There is another option here as well for putting your PS4 into Rest Mode, which will allow the console to charge the controller, continue downloads, and other functions while preserving power. 

Another way to easily turn off your PS4 using the controller is with the PlaySstation button:

  1. Press and hold on the controller’s PlayStation Button until the Quick Menu appears.
  1. Select Turn Off PS4

Use the Console’s Power Button to Turn It Off

If you don’t have access to your controller for whatever reason but still want to turn off your console or put it into the rest mode, there’s still a way to do it. Depending on the PS4 model you own, you’ll find the Power button in a different place.

On the original PS4, it will be at the center on the front of the console. On the PS4 Pro, you’ll find it on the bottom left side. And on the PS4 Slim, you’ll see it near the left side next to the disc eject button. 

To turn off the PS4, press and hold the power button for about 7 seconds until you hear it beep twice. You should see a white light before the console shuts off entirely. 

To enter the PS4 into Rest Mode, press and hold the button until you hear one beep. An orange light should turn on to indicate that the console is in the Rest Mode. 

Using Auto Shutdown on the PS4

A great option for saving power with your PS4 console is to enable auto shutdown. You can change the shutdown timer so that it goes off at different times depending on what sort of activity you’re doing. 

To set your auto shutdown settings: 

  1. Go to your PS4’s home screen. Press up on the D-pad, scroll to the right and enter Settings
  1. Go to Power Save Settings > Set Time Until PS4 Turns Off

You can then choose to set different times for either General (Applications) or Media Playback. The first option will use the timer when you’re in a game or other application, and the second will set it for when you’re streaming media such as on Netflix. 

You can choose from 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 hours of idle time before the PS4 shuts itself down. You can also choose to shut down after 20 minutes or just Do Not Turn Off for the General (Applications) option.

In Power Save settings you can also choose how much idle time you want there to be before your controller shuts off. You can change this under Set Time Until Controllers Turn Off. You can choose from 10, 30, or 60 minutes, or Do Not Turn Off. 

Fix Shut Down Issues With PS4 Safe Mode

If you want to troubleshoot your PS4 for any reason, such as your screen being frozen and your controller not working, you may want to try and enter Safe Mode. You’ll first have to force your PS4 to shut down by unplugging the console. This is not a recommended method of turning it off, but if your PS4 isn’t working properly it may help fix it. 

Also make sure your controller is connected via USB to allow you to control your PS4. 

To boot up in Safe Mode:

  1. When the PS4 is completely off, plug the console back in and press and hold the power button for 7 seconds, until you hear two beeps. 
  1. The PS4 should boot up in Safe Mode. From here, you’ll have multiple options to reconfigure and restart the console. 

Choosing Restart will simply try to restart the console, which could be helpful if you were unable to turn it off before. 

Change Resolution will make your PS4 restart in a different resolution to help speed it up to fix any issues you might be having. 

Update System Software will allow you to update the console if it is needed, which could help fix problems with outdated software. You can avoid this with automatic updates.

Restore Default Settings will put your PS4 back into its factory settings while keeping the data you have stored. But always back up your PS4 data to the cloud to prevent any loss.

Rebuild Database will restructure the PS4’s drive to possibly fix issues.

Initialize PS4 will wipe all your data and put it back to its original factory settings. 

Go through this list from the first option to the last to see what fixes the issues with your console. Each option is an increasingly drastic fix from the first to the last. 

How To Appear Offline On Steam

Sometimes, you just want to game in peace. It’s understandable. When you open Steam to play a game, though, you’ll see your profile will be set to Online. This may prompt any number of your friends to barrage you with messages or invites to join a game.

So, how can you get onto Steam and play your games incognito? There’s actually a really simple way to do this, by altering your Online status so that you appear Offline on Steam. Here’s how to do it, and some things you should know.

Change Your Status to Offline on Steam

You’ll have to appear online for at least as long as it takes you to change your status, as there’s no way to set yourself to offline before you launch Steam (unless you’re in Offline Mode, described below). Once you launch Steam, follow these steps to quickly appear offline.

  1. In the top-right corner, click on Friends
  1. From the drop-down list, select Offline.

You’ll see that there are some other options you can choose from to set as your status. When you set your status to offline, other players won’t see you as online and you’ll be signed out of the Steam community. This means you can’t send messages to friends or use other features where you need to be online. 

There’s another option, called Invisible, that you can also choose from. This allows you to appear offline to others, but you can still send and receive messages, see your friends list, or do other actions within the Steam community. So, depending on whether you want to truly be offline or not, you can choose either and you’ll still appear that offline. 

There’s also the Away and Do Not Disturb options. Away simply acts as a message that you’re unavailable, and your status is changed to this automatically if you’ve been inactive for a certain amount of time. 

When Do Not Disturb is on, you won’t receive notifications from chats or other requests. This can be a good option if you’re streaming or recording some gameplay. 

Switching Your Account to Offline Mode

There is a difference between simply setting your account to appear offline on Steam, and putting your account into what is called Offline Mode. This allows you to play your Steam games without being connected to the Steam network at all. So if you want to play Steam games without having access to any of the community aspects, this may be the option you’re looking for. 

Before setting your account to Offline Mode, you’ll want to make sure all your games are completely updated. This is so the game will be able to start in Offline Mode without needing to be connected to the Steam network for updates. You’ll want to start your games at first while you’re online to make sure no updates are needed.

Then, go to Steam > Settings > Account and unselect Don’t save account credentials on this computer. Make sure your log-in information is set to Remember my password as well.

Then follow these steps: 

  1. In the upper right corner of the Steam window, go to Steam > Go Offline
  1. Select Restart In Offline Mode to have Steam restart. 

When playing games in Offline Mode, you’ll want to be sure the games you play don’t need an active connection, or they won’t work. You’ll also want to periodically go back online to make sure your games are updated. You can do this similarly to going into Offline Mode:

  1. In the upper right corner of the window, go to Steam > Go Online.
  1. Restart Steam in order to go back online and be connected to the Steam network again.

You can also launch Steam in Offline Mode without opening the program at all on Windows, if you wish to do so. 

  1. Go to your Control Panel, and select Network and Internet > Network Connections.
  1. Select your Wi-Fi or whatever you are using to connect to your internet.
  1. Near the top of the window, select Disable this network device.
  1. Launch Steam. It’ll notify you that you can’t connect to Steam’s network, and will give you the option to start Steam in Offline Mode. Then, you can play your games offline. 

Offline Mode is a good option if you want to appear offline on Steam for an extended period of time, or you want to play games without an internet connection. However, don’t get these two mixed up, because they don’t function the same way. 

Appearing Offline and Offline Mode

When your status only appears offline, you’ll still be connected to the Steam network, and your games can still update. This is important for your games to work properly. If you’re in Offline Mode and a game needs to be updated, you won’t be able to play it. 

There are pros and cons to each and times when you might want to use one over the other. If you’re appearing offline, you’ll seem that way to those who look at your status, but you’ll still be connected to the Steam network. However, the Steam community will be unavailable. 

It’s better to use this feature most of the time, because your games can still download and update properly. If you’re a big fan of multiplayer games, you’ll still be able to play them while appearing offline too. You can also easily set your status back online quickly without having to restart Steam. 

But, if you experience limited internet connection or aren’t in a place where you have any, Offline Mode can help you play your games anyway. Both options work, it’s just up to you what kind of experience you want.