Dnd tips

Test Your Stream Before You Go Live

A simple and yet very important tip; Make sure to always test your streaming setup in OBS Studio before going live. Mistakes still can and probably will happen, but you do not want to be caught unprepared. Before going live, make a habit of checking that all the gear is running correctly.

Learn More

There is, of course, a lot more to learn about OBS. Fortunately, you do not need to be an expert to get started with streaming. A simple setup will do in the beginning, and as you go, you can improve and tweak the settings with time. If you want a more in-depth tutorial on setting up and using OBS Studio, we recommend you check out this article: OBS Studio Tutorial for Beginners

Group checks and stealth.

I allow my players to make use of group checks when moving stealthily. How does this work? Well, basically I describe it like squad tactics. The group rolls and uses the better stealth guys to cover for the weaker ones. They use hand signals and act as a unit when moving as a group stealthily. Some guys, like the Rogue are incredibly reliable. They could get anywhere by themselves, but in a unit are used to help less stealthy characters... like my fighter. On his own he'd be loud and not be able to get anywhere quietly. He rolls with his disadvantage from his armor and his skill, but because he's got help from the party acting as a unit with a group check... the possibility of moving around quietly is there.Just a little tip for you DMs or players looking to use some of the rules for a neat twist on stealth.

Change the Controller Buttons on PS5

The PS5 has an interesting Accessibility feature built that allows you to remap the buttons on the Dual Sense Controller to simulate any other button. For example, you can remap the L1 trigger to simulate the X button. You can remap every button except the PS, Create, and Options buttons. To remap a controller button, navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Controllers > Customize Button Assignments and select a button to remap.

Disable Trophy Screenshots and Videos

Trophy hunting in itself has become a sport and users acquire bragging rights among friends when they collect multiple trophies. Like every other trophy, I’ve won in my life only collects space and these digital ones are no different. The video and screenshots of trophies are enabled by default and take up precious space on the SSD. If you don’t care for the virtual memorabilia, you can disable those in settings. Navigate to Settings > Captures and Broadcasts > Trophies and turn off both ‘Save Trophy Screenshots’ and ‘Save Trophy Videos’.

Turn Off HDMI-CEC on PS5

Unless you use your TV with PS5 exclusively, the HDMI-CEC, or as Sony likes to call it, HDMI Device Link, would automatically turn your PS5 on every time you turn on the TV. Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t offer settings or options to trigger the TV into turning on when you power on the PS5. In practice, when I turn on the TV to watch Netflix or do anything else, the PS5 turns on and sits idly consuming power. Here’s how to disable HDMI Device Link. Navigate to Settings > System > HDMI and toggle off Enable HDMI Device Link option.

Customize Dual Sense Controller Haptics

The Dual Sense controller has upgraded haptics that offers more natural feedback when compared to previous generation’s rumble motor. Along with that, the L2-R2 triggers have haptics built into the buttons themselves that are quite powerful. Reducing the intensity of the haptics, sound, and lights can give you some extra minutes of juice, so it’s a good idea to customize it to your liking. You can change the volume of the speakers on the controller, vibration and trigger intensity, controller light’s brightness, and the method of communication. Navigate to Settings > Accessories > Controllers where you can customize these values.

Transfer your PS4 Games Data to PS5

If you’re moving from PS4 to PS5, you are looking to transfer data to PS5. The game data includes your achievements, saved games stages, trophies, etc. and transferring is as easy as pressing a button. Power on both PS4 and PS5, and make sure both consoles are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. On your PS5, navigate to Settings > System > System Software > Data Transfer > Continue.

Change DNS Settings for PS5

There can be multiple reasons why you would want to change the DNS settings on the PS5. Whether you want to bypass ISP restrictions or need a reliable connection, there are DNS servers for every need. There are two easy ways to that; you can change the settings on PS5 itself or change the settings on the router. Whichever method you go with, I have a detailed step-by-step guide to help you change the DNS settings on the PS5.

Mute Annoying Notifications

I don’t know about you but I don’t like those annoying notifications that you get every time a game is updated. With added support for apps like Netflix, Youtube, Plex, etc., the notifications just don’t stop. Fortunately, you can toggle one switch and mute all the notifications. Just press the PS button to bring up the Control Center, select the Notifications button, and toggle DND option to on. The good thing about this toggle is that it only disables the notifications until you log out of PS5 which means you won’t miss out on important notifications in the future. If you wish to disable pop-up notifications altogether then you can do that as well. Open the Control Center > Notifications > Notification During Games > Notification and turn off ‘Allow Pop-up Notifications’.