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5.0 out of 5 stars
Like no other., 1 Dec 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
The Playstation 4 is simply a console 4 the gamers, hence the number 4.
At first glance the PS4 is a sleek, small machine which takes up little room and features no power brick so no fussing around. If you have other consoles and were worried about space, you needn't worry, this is smaller than a PS3 slim.
The playstation 4 in terms of design is a a stunning object using a matte finish alongside a cool glossy front which you can take off to upgrade the hard-drive, meaning you can install larger ones, plus SSD's which can make games load and install even faster and thus making it more future-proof.
The console is one appealing object which others will compliment. It's something which you want to show off, rather than hide. The fact the power brick is built-in is a nice plus, as it means no figuring out where to place and means no taking up even more space.
The console features two touch sensitive buttons, off and on switch and eject button. The PS4 has one HDMI port two USB ports on the front, ethernet port and a port to plug in your playstation camera.
Overall the console is dressed to impress and the design is future-proof meaning you don't worry about how large the hard-drive is as it is upgradeable.
UI-The UI is improved and has a what's new section which is similar to the facebook homepage where it pulls new things such as, what is happening with your friends, making is more sociable when compared to the PS3. The new Dynamic menu reminds me of the XMB but more simplified and easy to get to things you want. For example when you load it up, you'll be taken to a page where it shows all the stuff you last used and stuff you want-Such as games installed and features TV apps such as BBC iplayer and Netflix.
Where it impresses the most is how fast and slick it all is, not to mention seamless, for example, you could be playing a game and feel a sudden urge to want some tv, but are annoyed how you'd have to quit and go all the way back to the Dashboard or XMB and all the way to Netflix and back to the game after you've done. Well, not anymore! Now you can seamlessly pause the game, press the home button on the controller and load up netflix and guess what? You can go back to the game, where it paused and resume, vice-vera with Netflix. The seamlessness is useful and intuitive. The new Dynamic is also intuitive, with a press on the d-pad up, you can access settings and party chat quickly and and social features.
Social features and integration-
With a simple but powerful click on the new 'Share' button on the Dualshock 4 you can share edit and share videos or screenshots on facebook or PSN. With the PS4 continually recording the last 15 minutes of gameplay, you can edit and share it with your friends on PSN or Facebook. With the new Playstation app you can even message your PSN friends on the move, got a Vita? Well, you can hook it up to wi-fi and speak to your friends on the move, if they are on PSN, with up-to 8 player party-chat.
Another feature that you can access once you clicked on the mighty share button is broadcast, it is how it sounds, enabling you to broadcast live gameplay on Twitch and other services. There is also a playroom feature where you can broadcast you and anyone in your room and people have used this to talk about video-games and even a show where people can call in! It's Rad!
What's even more awesome is you can place your console in a standby mode to charge the controller and get automatic updates and download games while in this state, something which you couldn't do on the PS3! You can also connect a bluetooth keyboard if you can't be bothered to type using the controller, you can disable vibration in your controller if you want too!
Overall, the social features are heavily integrated into the experience and UI, with the UI being simple and unobstructive it makes it easier to use and faster than the old XMB.
List of common social features on PS4-
15 second voice messages
2000 friend limit
8 player cross game party chat
Games, games, games-Did I say that enough?
Yes, the PS4 is a gaming machine first and foremost, however there are TV streaming services, should you want or need them.
Whilst the Playstation 4 lacks a killer launch title, the launch titles do fine at demonstrating the future. With simple games like Resogun representing the commitment to indie games and developers and AAA games such as Killzone showing the power of the PS4 and Knack showing the commitment to family friendly platformers. The PS4 has gamers covered. The future is bright, with over 170 games in development and 67 being exclusive, you won't have a gaming draught anymore! Every significant third-party developer is supporting the PS4, so rest assured your investment is safe. With games such as Uncharted, The order, Infamous, Driveclub and indie-gamers on board the library has potential to be even larger than the PS2!
The Power of the PS4-
There is no denying the PS4 is the most powerful and future proof console, where games will run at 1080p with some even running at 60FPS a second, there is denying the beauty and awe of next-gen games and with the PS4 being such a powerful object it's amazing how small it is! The PS4 is using off the self pc parts, such as a X86-64 8 core AMD processor which means the PS4 is easier to develop for and easier to juice all the power out of the machine. Game development times will be shorter, Knack would've taken an extra year, if developed on another system.
Given how notoriously hard the PS3 it was to develop for, because of the complex cell processor, it meant multi-format games looked worse and exclusive games took longer to come out and with some rushed horrible looking ports, it put off developers and meant that the PS3 had rocky few years with lack of titles as developers had to get their head around the processors design.
It's nice to see the PS4 is more approachable and easier to develop for. Meaning more games, shorter development times and ease of use for indie developers-Put it this way, you're going to see loads more games than were ever possible with the PS3. And another plus-Multi-format games will look the BEST on PS4, due to being more powerful and easier to develop for!
PS4 has 10 times more processing power vs the PS3 and includes unified 8GB of high-speed GDDR5 RAM, an eight core X86 CPU and a 500GB hard-drive
Other specs- Console Hardware Specifications
Number of Cores/Threads: 8/8 
Frequency: speculated to be running a base clock speed of 1.6 Ghz on a 2.75 Ghz capable chip
Shared L2 Cache: 2 x 2 MB 
Manufacturing Process: 28 nm 
Custom CPU for background processing such as downloading and recording gameplay.
GPU: AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
Peak Shader Throughput: 69.420 TFLOPS 
GPU Cores: 1152 
GPU Clock: 800 MHz 
Memory: 8GB GDDR5
Frequency: 5500 MHz 
System Memory Bus: 256-bit 
System Memory Bandwidth: 176.0 GB/s 
Storage size: 500GB hard disk drive, user removable*
External dimensions: Approximately 275 x 53 x 305 mm
Mass: Approx 2.8 kg (6.2 lb)
BD/DVD drive (read only): BD x 6 CAV, DVD x 8 CAV, Blu-ray and DVD playback, no audio CD support
Input/Output: Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) port x2, AUX port x1
Networking: Ethernet x1, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
AV output: HDMI out port, digital out optical port. SD output is supported for lower-resolution displays. HD output at 720p, 1080p and 1080i.
Included Peripherals: PlayStation 4 system x1, Wireless controller (DualShock 4) x1, Mono headset x1, AC power cord x1, HDMI cable x1, USB cable x1
Stereoscopic Output: Hardware supported
What's in the box?
PlayStation 4 System (Jet Black)
DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller
Wired Mono Headset
USB Charging Cable
For 39.99 a year, you will be able to access multi-player games and play games such as COD with friends. Whilst, this may sound seem steep, Sony has given us value out of this service. Playstation plus features a instant game collection where you are able to download free games. At the moment the free games are Contrast and Resogun, but expect this to grow every mouth. Playstation plus will save you hundreds of pounds on games which further enhances the value of the service.
The Playstation will support your blu-rays, not 3d blu-ray though, promised to be patched however. It supports DVD's game discs obviously. However there is a lack of MP3 and CD support, but these have been promised to be patched in.
Playstation Camera and playroom-
The Playstation Camera may or not be essential to you. If you want to broadcast gameplay, it is, as without it, you won't be able to display your face alongside gameplay nor will you be able to play playroom, which is simple and fun and will be updated in the future.
Playroom is a augmented reality games which demonstrates the features of the playstation camera. Basically playroom features a floating robot which you can interact with. It can also interact with the controller, as little robots will infect your controller and you press buttons and tilt to give an impression they are living in the controller. It's a game you will show off to your family and friends as a gimmick, some needless fun.
Is it worth investing in the eye? Maybe not, if you don't want to broadcast live gameplay.
Voice commands can be used with the mic provided, so it only matters if you want to broadcast gameplay with your face alongside the gameplay.
The new dualshock is a massive improvement from number 3. This time the design has been given an overhaul, it still features sixaxis so you can play Flower. However this time it is different, as it includes a touchpad, which basically allows you to swipe on the pad, similar to a touchscreen, but with no screen. Your swipes will allow you to interact with games and has huge potential for indie games, the touchpad is the same one, as featured on the vita, but on the front rather than back. The new controller also has a loudspeaker, like the wiimote, so you can hear audio-recordings from games, which is awesome, as sometimes you can barely hear those in some games. It also adds to the immersion.
The D-pad and and face buttons are perfectly spaced and this time the triggers actually feel like triggers making FPS games more enjoyable. I no longer feel discomfort in using the pad when compared to the dualshock 3.
The dualshock 4 is rechargeable via Micro USB and so you can hook it up to any USB port and charge it. Very useful.
The thumb sticks are the best on any pad ever made. They have a matt/rubberised finish which is comfortable and the shape is smaller than the 3's which means there is less of a slip and less of a deadzone, making your actions more precise and not needing auto-aim...In-fact this motivated Guerrilla games, the Killzone developers, to turn auto-aim off.
Overall, the PS4 controller is one of the most comfortable gamepads I've ever used and is a huge improvement over the dualshock 3, which I didn't like. It is definitely one of my all time favourites and has potential to become even more awesome when developers start to utilise the touchpad more, given it is intuitive in killzone, it is just the start.
In summary, the PS4 is 4 games and is the most powerful console this generation. The PS4 is focused around gaming with strong social integration. It has an intuitive UI which is further enhanced by a strong-set of social features. The PS4 has an awesome controller and is a small machine which has a sleek design and will compliment your living room. The PS4 might sound like a gaming machine, but has on demand services which includes Netflix, BBC iplayer LoveFilm and so on. The PS4 has a bright future which will be further enhanced by updates which will make the software even stronger. Whilst it might lack CD and MP3 support at launch these things are promised to be patched in the future. Overall, the future is bright for the Playstation 4.