Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

To get the most out of the PlayStation 4, you should connect the system online and enmesh yourself in the console's social network — maybe hook it into Facebook, too. How much of yourself can you share? How much can you keep private? Let me show you.

Upon booting up the console and applying a day-one patch, you'll be able to connect to the PlayStation Network. I did this last night, using the PSN account I've had since the early days of the PlayStation 3.

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

I punched in my existing PSN account e-mail address and password. The system recognised me by my PSN name, which, as you can see, is stotil.

I've linked the same account to the PS3 and Vita. I don't remember having to do anything all that fancy to get my account linked to the other machines, but the Vita wasn't doing much more with my account than the PS3 was doing. It let me shop in the PlayStation store. It let me send messages to friends and chat with them (and, uh check out what they were playing). The PS4 can do more, so it needs more permission.

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

Initially, the PS4 was just pulling in my existing account, but it had me input my real name. I guess I could have put in a fake name?

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

And then I had to make my first big decision. Do I let people see a photo of me? Or just my chosen avatar, the genius turtle from the Sly Cooper games?

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

I'm comfortable sharing my real identity, so I went with the Facebook photo option. Note that you can't just upload or snap your own photo. You have to use one that's been able to stay up on Facebook. I guess that prevents naughty photos!

Alright. Who can see who my friends are? I went with...

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

And who can see my activities? And which activities should I share? Howsabout...

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

These were the alternatives...

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

To be clear about what all this is for, we're working our way toward a feed that's going to look something like the tall image below, though the real names you see there are only appearing because I exchanged real-name requests with those people. They had to be on my PSN friends list first.

Sharp-eyed readers will notice that some of my own updates were showing the Bentley picture and my PSN ID. That's a mistake. Perhaps PSN was still processing my settings. I don't know.

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

Back to the settings. The next part involves Facebook. The PS4 uses Facebook, as you've already seen with the photo thing, for some of its online stuff. Want to use the PS4 controller's share button to show people the videos you're capturing on the system? You can only upload them to Facebook (for now). Want to alert people to the livestreaming you're doing from your PS4? You can share a link to Twitter or Facebook. You can also fill your Facebook feed with updates about what you're doing. Thus...

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

We all know what it's like to connect something to Facebook, right? Before you dare say yes, you should read the fine print and find out how deep into your personal Facebook info the PS4 wants to go. So read this!

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online
Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

Are you cool with all of the above? I was! Now check this out... it seems to have been pulling in my real name from Facebook this time. So I'm not sure what that earlier option was all about.

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

More settings...

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online
Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online
Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

Moving past the Facebook stuff...

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

And... we're done!

Study The PS4's Social Network Settings Before Putting It Online

How much will you share of your online self should you get a PS4? Chew on that. And if you've got room on your plate, here's my PS4 review for you to feast on as well.

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Comments

    Interesting. I'm still not sure if I'll hook my Facebook account up to the PS4 though. I'm overly cautious with that stuff and I don't really use it that often that I need it on anything but a browser, so I'm not quite seeing a reason I'd use it on the PS4.
    I need some sort of social media mirror. Something that shows you how it all looks to outside users. Like a day to day breakdown of everything going out, colour coded for friends, friends of friends and everybody. If I could do that I'd be a lot more comfortable hooking it up because I'd be able to see if I was bugging everyone with trophy unlocks and general play my game spam.

    That is no different to the current publishing measures and sharing agreements that are on the PS3

    What's the point of putting all this social info stuff out there. Who cares what game Jo blow is playing.

    What I really want to know is how multiple PSN accounts work with the PS4, is it the same as the PS3? Can I just load both my AU and US accounts onto the same console and reap the benefits? Does this primary console thing affect the above mentioned?

    FYI - the Vita does(and always has) had all those social media options, and sharing of activities - except the video sharing of course.
    How is it you don't know this?

    Now, turn on sharing activities on your vita, and tell me whether the activity stream works across both devices.

    I can see my FB news feed cluttered with "Little Jimmy got a trophy"

      Already have that with PS3! Livin the dream!

        I wish they fixed PSN it's still a lifetime away from being anything as good as Xbox Live but could be worse and could be the Friend code crap Nintendo uses that being said I know more active 3DS users online than PS3 most seem to be infatuated with single player games and Jrpgs bleh...

    My problem is not all my FB friends are gamers. I can see this stuff being annoying to them, having it popping gaming stuff on their feeds. So I wont be using it.

    Last edited 14/11/13 5:11 pm

      All my facebook friends who aren't gamers have constant social facebook and iOS game crap anyway. I've spent a fair amount of time blocking them all to keep a clean feed.

    Do Sony allow you to change your PSN ID yet?

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