System & Hardware Articles

Help and advice on your system (OS) and hardware, including accessories.

  • If, like me, you're an online gamer then gaining maximum performance from your network is critical. The following is a compilation of a number of articles I've written on the subject plus a number of new suggestions.

    How I Improved My Console Network Performance

    If, like me, you’re an online gamer then gaining maximum performance from your network is critical. The following is a compilation of a number of articles I’ve written on the subject plus a number of new suggestions.

  • The beta program for PlayStation 4’s next major system software update, version 3.50 (codenamed MUSASHI), kicks off tomorrow. We look at some of the key features they're adding to PS4 in this update.

    Beta for PlayStation 4’s 3.50 Update Starts Soon – Key Features Revealed

    The beta program for PlayStation 4’s next major system software update, version 3.50 (codenamed MUSASHI), kicks off tomorrow. We look at some of the key features they’re adding to PS4 in this update.

  • PS4's 3.00 system software, codename: Kenshin, is available tomorrow.

    Everything you need to know about PS4 system software 3.00, out tomorrow

    PS4’s 3.00 system software, codename: Kenshin, is available tomorrow.

  • Starting today, DICE are sending the rental server providers a new build which enables the first BETA of the high tickrate server. This means that servers will be running at a higher rate than 30hz in the very near future.

    Server High Tickrate BETA Rolling Out

    Starting today, DICE are sending the rental server providers a new build which enables the first BETA of the high tickrate server. This means that servers will be running at a higher rate than 30hz in the very near future.

  • Today the beta release of the PlayStation 4's version 3.0 firmware (codename: Kenshin) is released to those lucky enough to be on the beta programme. For everyone else, there is no current release date but details of what is currently included in the system update has been released.

    Find out what new features are coming in PS4 system update 3.00

    Today the beta release of the PlayStation 4’s version 3.0 firmware (codename: Kenshin) is released to those lucky enough to be on the beta programme. For everyone else, there is no current release date but details of what is currently included in the system update has been released.

  • The latest firmware update, known as "Yukimura", for the PS4 is due today. Find out what's included.

    PS4 System Update 2.50

    The latest firmware update, known as “Yukimura”, for the PS4 is due today. Find out what’s included.

  • The PS4 comes with a 500GB hard drive. On paper that sounds quite generous but with individual games often taking up 10% or more of this a time, it doesn't take the avid gamer long to fill this. Thankfully Sony have made the procedure to replace the drive very, very simple.

    Replacing the PlayStation 4 Hard Drive

    The PS4 comes with a 500GB hard drive. On paper that sounds quite generous but with individual games often taking up 10% or more of this a time, it doesn’t take the avid gamer long to fill this. Thankfully Sony have made the procedure to replace the drive very, very simple.

  • The PS4 has been out for over a year now and a number of new features have been added in that time. There are many more that people would like to see, usually pretty big changes. But what of the small things that could be relatively easily added but really improve the experience?

    PS4 Improvements

    The PS4 has been out for over a year now and a number of new features have been added in that time. There are many more that people would like to see, usually pretty big changes. But what of the small things that could be relatively easily added but really improve the experience?

  • Sony have revealed further information about the upcoming version 2 of the PS4 system software (codenamed “Masamune”). Content includes the following, but Sony are equally stating that more is to be revealed in due course.

    PlayStation 4 System Software 2.00 – Preview of Content

    Sony have revealed further information about the upcoming version 2 of the PS4 system software (codenamed “Masamune”). Content includes the following, but Sony are equally stating that more is to be revealed in due course.

  • Rented servers have been around for a while now but there's still some confusion over the different types. Technically, there are 4 types of BF4 server - Official, Ranked, Unranked and Private.

    Battlefield 4 Server Types

    Rented servers have been around for a while now but there’s still some confusion over the different types. Technically, there are 4 types of BF4 server – Official, Ranked, Unranked and Private.