♦ Bundle Information ♦
My sister really wanted a PS4; so as she loves both previous LittleBigPlanet games, what better than to get her the PS4/LittleBigPlanet 3 Bundle.
Originally the pre-order price was £386 which I presumed was just a holding price to cover Amazon's back due to the price guarantee. On release it dropped down to £299.99 (I did receive a refunded of the difference due to Amazon's "Pre-order Price Guarantee").
The deal completely gob-smacked me... This is an insane deal considering the console alone at the time of writing this review costs around £300 and the game over £40, so you're basically getting LittleBigPlanet 3... For free! I'm aware bundles fluctuate in price. If you can get this bundle for £330 or less, then you're getting a really deal, but do check out the console & games price individually before purchase as like it said, prices can fluctuate.
► EXTRA INFO (EDITED 1st December 2014): On the 28th November 2014, the PS4/LittleBigPlanet 3 bundle had an offer when bought directly from Amazon (offer ends 23:59 GMT on Monday December 1st 2014) you would get 'The Last of Us: Remastered' full game free of charge. The T&C's state Amazon will e-mail you a voucher within 3 days after the dispatch of your console which entitles you to the full version of 'The Last of Us: Remastered'; this code needs to be redeemed through the PlayStation Store (you can access this on the PS4).
Although I had initially been told I would still get 'The Last of Us: Remastered' even though I pre-ordered the bundle, apparently there was a bit of miscommunication; so if you had pre-ordered the bundle, you were never actually eligible for the extra free game because "the promotion runs from the 28th of November to the 1st of December". It seems extremely unfair, however this particular promotion is ran by Sony through Amazon, rewarding people with an extra game for buying their console within a certain time. As this promotion doesn't normally come with the bundle, it would be unfair to rate this product down because of it. If you were one of those lucky ones who was successfully eligible for this promotion, I would like to say congratulations as you got an extremely great deal.
For those who got The Last of Us through the limited promotion, here's some information on the game: Whilst it's probably one of the best games I have ever played, it's also an 18 rated game which is far different from the family friendly 7+ rated LittleBigPlanet 3 which this bundle comes with. The Last of Us contains very strong language as well as violence, so parents, please be aware of this.
♦ Console Introduction ♦
The successor to the PS3! The PlayStation 4 boasts an immense improvement over the "last-gen" consoles with much better specifications which can handle more intense graphical games in high HD resolutions, plus a whole load of features to enhance the users experience even more.
The PlayStation 4 is very slimline and has an awesome angular & sharp look to it. The colour theme is "Jet Black" and has a combination of matte & gloss finish which makes it look really smart and is definitely not an eye-sore to the room.
The PS4 is marketed towards more of a gaming machine for "4 the players" rather than the typical "multimedia" machine the PS3 tried so much to be. Whilst there is support for TV & Video like 'Netflix', 'Amazon Prime', 'YouTube' & 'BBC iPlayer', the main focus for the PS4 is to bring the best gaming experience to players not only on just a gaming level, but social too.
On the PS4, you will find a whole load of content available ranging from games made by indie developers to the more mainstream developers
♦ Box Contents, Set-Up & Extras ♦
- Box Contents -
∙ PlayStation 4 Console.
∙ LittleBigPlanet 3 - Game.
∙ Dualshock 4 Controller.
∙ Mono Headset.
∙ Micro USB Cable.
∙ HDMI Cable.
∙ AC Power Cord.
- Set-Up -
Can't be any simpler:
1) Intert HDMI cable to the "HDMI OUT" port of the PS4 and into the "HDMI IN" of your HDTV.
2) Insert the power cable into the PS4 and the other end into a powered socket (i.e. wall socket).
3) Insert the USB cable into the USB port of the PS4 and the micro end into the controller (just below the light bar).
4) Make sure your TV is on and is on the corresponding HDMI source.
5) Turn on the PS4 by pressing the power button (there's a thin touch strip at the front of the PS4; the bottom is eject and the top is the power).
6) Follow instructions.
Once connected to your home network, it's always best to update to the latest software update: "Settings" - "System Software Update".
From here you can play games by inserting the relevant disc or downloading them off the PlayStation Store.
- Online Play -
Previous Sony consoles (PS2 & PS3) were free to play online. This has changed now for the PlayStation 4 which some may not like, however bare in mind servers are not cheap to run, so by paying to play online, you are helping to contribute towards server & maintenance costs.
A positive side to PlayStation Plus is that you get free games, exclusive content and special discounts every month. The free games can range from indie to the more mainstream games; once downloaded, they're yours to play as long as you have an active PlayStation Plus membership. As the membership is tied to your network account, this means the benefits also go across to your PS3 & Vita as well.
PlayStation Plus membership & credit can be purchased through Amazon, other retailers or on the PlayStation Store.
- Optional Extra's -
∙ Extra Controller: Jet Black
| Glacier White
| Wave Blue
| Magma Red
∙ Charging Station: Official Sony PS4 DualShock 4 Charging Station
∙ Premium Headset: Official Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 (PS4/PS3/PS Vita)
| Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 (PS4 & PS3)
∙ Console Stand: Official Sony PlayStation 4 Vertical Stand (PS4)
∙ Camera: PS4 Camera
| PS4 Officially Licensed Clip for Playstation Camera
* I couldn't recommend the camera right now... I have one myself and rarely use it. Just isn't anything going for it at the moment.
♦ System Specifications & Features ♦
- Specifications -
∙ CPU: Low Power x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores.
∙ GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD "next-gen" Radeon based graphics engine.
∙ RAM: GDDR5 8GB.
∙ HDD: 500GB.
∙ Optical Drive: BD x 6;DVD x 8 (Read Only).
∙ Network/Connectivity: Wi-Fi | Ethernet | Bluetooth 2.1.
∙ Inputs/Outputs: 2 x USB 3.0 | HDMI Out | Optical Out | AUX Port (For PlayStation Camera).
∙ Dimensions & Weight: 275 x 53 x 305 mm | 2.8kg.
∙ Extra Info: The PS4 is roughly 10x more powerful than a PS3.
- Features -
∙ New improved & more interactive DualShock 4 Controller: Better design with improved thumb sticks & triggers and now features a touch pad, light bar, speaker & wired headset output.
Thumb sticks & triggers: Thumb sticks having better spacing and the triggers finally feel how they should!
Light bar: Main use is in conjunction with the PlayStation Camera, however you will find it changes colour depending on your situation, for example the light turns red in most games when low on health.
Speaker: A lot of games use the controller's speaker to output dialogue. For example in Grand Theft Auto, when the police are talking over the radio, it comes out of the controller.
Touch pad: Not only used as a button in a lot of games, the touch-sensitive pad has use in a lot of games as well as when navigating around a keyboard when inputting text.
∙ 'SHARE Button': With a press of a button you can snap screenshots, record or stream gameplay!
With the Share Factory app (download it through store), you can edit your clips and render them into videos on the PS4!
∙ Party Chat: Talk to your friends even if they're not playing in the same game!
∙ Remote Play: You can connect to your PS4 via a PS Vita over your home Wi-Fi network, so if someone steals your TV, you can still play.
One feature which was really cool is that my friend used my home Wi-Fi to connect to his PS4 located at his home which is 10 miles away! There was a little bit of latency however he was still able to play fine.
∙ Better Multi-Tasking: It doesn't matter what you're doing, the PS4 is able to download content in the background even when playing a main PS4 game (something the PS3 couldn't do).
- Features w/ Latest Firmware Update -
∙ 'SHARE Play': This will allow your friend to see your screen when playing a game. Best thing about this feature is you can "hand over" your controller virtually and let them play even if they don't have the game. If the game your playing has split screen, you can hand over a virtual controller so you can both play together. NOTE: This mode may not work on all games (I know for a fact it doesn't work with CoD: Advanced Warfare because Activision blocked this feature, however it does work on most games! Results will also vary depending on both parties connection).
∙ YouTube Support: You can now upload your clips to YouTube.
∙ Extra Themes: You can download different themes for your PS4 home screen.
∙ Music Support: You can connect a USB storage device to your PS4 and play your own 'MP3' or 'AAC' music files when playing games.
♦ Final Thoughts ♦
Sony have taken enormous strides to make sure the PS4 delivers a great gaming experience and they've done just that with massive success, just take a look at the PS4 console sales; they're obviously doing something right!
As we've just past the PlayStation 4's first anniversary, expect to see more games, content and features coming to this great console.
- Would recommend!