PlayStation 4 Review

Our rating: 4 stars

Playstation 4PlayStation 4, the new console from Sony, was released head to head with Microsoft’s Xbox One (see our comparison of Xbox One vs PS4 here). PS4 has the edge on price and design, but the Xbox One has more to offer in terms of multimedia technology. So why was the PlayStation 4 still a sellout? Let’s take a look.

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PS4 Video

PlayStation 4 Main Features

Playstation 4* PlayStation 4 system in black
* Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controller
* Mono headset
* HDMI cable
* Power cable
* USB cable

PlayStation 4 Console Review

PS4 gamesPlayStation has been one of the top video game consoles ever since the first version hit the market. The PS4 model, launched in November 2013, is an upgrade offering an even more immersive gaming experience with higher definition so you can get completely lost in your games. It also offers deeper personalization, online gaming capabilities and of course, exclusive PlayStation games.

There’s a new touch pad on the top of the DualShock 4 controller that allowers gamers to access new ways to interact with their games. You might be hitting this by accident at first but you should soon get used to it. The new controller also has a highly sensitive six-axis sensor.

You may not get games with the basic version but bundles are available. Bundles currently advertised in the USA include Battlefield, Knack and Killzone. You can see a lot more about PS4 games in the video at the top of this page, including shots of game play. After he’s talked about the games he goes on to review the hardware, the controller etc.

The online gaming capability is provided through PlayStation Plus, a membership service, and there is a fee for this. However, you can share your gaming experiences with your community that you’ll build through the social features. That lets you record and upload the last few minutes of your gaming as a video for your social contacts to see. So you can share experiences even if you don’t get into online games.

There’s full integration with the PS Vita so you’ll be able to play your PS4 games remotely on your PS Vita if you have both.

The PS4 doesn’t have Xbox One’s ability to control your TV as well as your games, but the price reflects that and for PlayStation fans that extra feature will not be enough to have them switch to Xbox. They will appreciate that the PlayStation 4 remains dedicated to gaming. Its looks are sleeker and the gaming experience is the real test.

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Our rating: 4 stars

Published 20 October 2013

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