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4.0 out of 5 stars PS4 is for Gamers
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To start I'd like to say how sad it is for me to see people bombing the product page of these consoles with fake 1/5 stars AND fake 5/5 stars. The human mind is a curious thing and for some people the success of the console they chose is, for some inexplicable reason, linked...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Generally fun, but there's no need to rush out and get one.
After owning the console for a couple of months my impressions are generally positive, but it's yet to 'blow' me away with what I would consider a 'next gen' experience. The bottom line is that I'm sure great things are to come, but they're still a little while off.

My advice would be to hold out on buying this console, at least until some better games are...
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4.0 out of 5 stars PS4 is for Gamers, 29 Nov 2013
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To start I'd like to say how sad it is for me to see people bombing the product page of these consoles with fake 1/5 stars AND fake 5/5 stars. The human mind is a curious thing and for some people the success of the console they chose is, for some inexplicable reason, linked to their perception of their own self worth. They are so focused on this that they throw their allegiance in with huge multinational companies whose main goals are to, at the end of the day, make money - instead of throwing their allegiance in with other consumers/gamers.

To those people - shame on you.

As for the PS4, I will be brief and concise as the review by MrE is already a great read (go check it out).

1) The PS4 is small and light - surprisingly so for a "next-gen" console, especially next to the, comparatively, gargantuan Xbox One (yes I have one of those too). Both run relatively quite and cool, which is reassuring after the Xbox360s overheating issues last gen.

2) The PS4's shape looks nice but can make changing wires at the back difficult if it is already in place and you are viewing it from a top-down view. The two tone is pleasing enough and the blue light is... a blue light, also pleasing enough.

3) The PS4 includes the following ports: Ethernet, HDMI out, PlayStation camera port (proprietary), 2x USB 3.0 ports and a optical audio out. For those concerned this optical audio out port does output in surround sound (unlike the XB1, although Microsoft has said they will patch this in).

4) 3rd party headsets are supported, via USB, optical out or even through the 3.5mm jack in the controller itself (which is very cool). I plugged in my MDR-1R headphones into the controller and was pleasantly surprised at the audio quality.

5) PS4 supports upgrading it's hard drive, which can be done with any 2.5" SATA drive - I placed a 1TB hard drive in under 10 minutes which may be a requirement eventually for both consoles as games are so large now. Note that said drive needs to be no bigger than 9.5mm thick (deep).

6) It does support external hard drives BUT not for installing game data, only for other files - which is baffling as currently there is no support for MP3s or certain video types (Sony has stated they will patch this in due to consumer demand). This differs from the XB1 as they do not support replacing your internal harddrive but have stated they plan to patch in the ability to install to external harddrives (note that currently the XB1 doesn't support external drives, that support will be patch din shortly).

7) The controller (DualShock4) is a marked improvement on the DualShock3. The shoulder buttons (L2/R2) are a very big improvement on previous iterations and fingers should no longer slip off easily during intense gaming. The 3.5mm jack is welcome, so if you have a favourite pair of 3.5mm jack headphones you won't have to run them all the way to the TV. Some features are still to be proven useful, i.e. Lightbar is fine and not distracting but IMO should only light up if it's a specific game mechanic or if you're using the PlaystationCamera, the minispeaker in the controller is interesting in KillZone Shadow Fall (used for audio logs) but that's it so far and the touch pad, again, has an interesting use in KillZone Shadow Fall. Battery is built-in and this poses two things, 1 it's easy to recharge (even when the console is off/in standby) BUT you can replace them which isn't great as the battery life is average.

8) The UI a large improvement on the XMB from the PS3. Quick and sleek it's no longer laborious to navigate. Suspending to it and resuming gaming is fast with the PS button.

9) Download speed is no longer capped, thank god. I have fibre-optic and when I went to download games off of the PSN the PS3 would only ever hit a peak of 1MB a sec, which was utterly frustrating. That is no longer the case with the PS4 and this pleases me greatly.

10) Setup was fast and updates download in the background, which is nice. One thing I noticed was the HUGE difference in install times between the PS4 and XB1, under a minute typically for PS4 (till playable point), sometimes upwards of 5 minutes on the XB1 (till playable point).

11) PS+ is no required for online play - for me this is fine as I already have it and can't tell you how much value for money it is. Every month I get a new set of games and thanks to PS+ I already filled the 500GB hard drive of my PS3 with them.

12) PlaystationCamera - can't comment as I didn't get it, though I do appreciate the fact that I can choose to adopt it when it's functionality rather than be forced to before it's proven as viable tech.

13) Headset is very basic, fine in a pinch but I plan on ditching it asap.

14) Current games are fine, on par with the XB1, difference is focus but different strokes for different folks and all that.


Looks good, both externally and UI
Controller is much better, has some good and some unproven features, charges while console is "asleep"
Updates and installs are fast and don't hinder you getting to gaming
Suspending and resuming gaming is easy - I switched from Killzone to Netflix and back again with no problem
Easy to swap hard drive and increase storage space

Headset is basic
PS+ required for multiplayer (but free games so, eh)
Low multimedia support

The PS4 is a good console, far better than the PS3 at launch, but it's not quite 5 stars yet - it is 4 stars, the last star being held back until multimedia functions are included. For gaming, I would definitely recommend it.

As for how it stacks up against the XB1, does it really matter? In theory if you like multiplayer get whichever console your multiplayer partners play. If XB1 features speak to you more as a consumer get it, if the PS4 does then get that - don't get caught up in, what is quite frankly, the stupid console war between two multinationals and their rabid fans.

I will say this though; the PS4 is more powerful than the XB1 (sorry it is a fact so don't get angry) now whether or not this is a big deal is entirely down to you, 1080p vs 720p is only as important as you think it is. Also you should note that the XB1's TV functions ARE NOT available in the UK yet, if that is one of the deciding features of picking one over the other you should wait off getting either and decide when both are more complete packages. Also the idea of remote play, playing the PS4 on a Vita while my wife watches movies/etc, is more enticing (for me) than Microsoft's SmartGlass integration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gaming Console - Greats Specs, Features & Games, 19 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Sony PS4 Console (PS4) (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.
∙ 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 there isn't really anything going for it.

♦ System Specifications & Features ♦

- Specifications -

∙ CPU: Low Power x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores.
∙ GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-gen Radeon based graphics engine.
∙ 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 highly recommend!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Generally fun, but there's no need to rush out and get one., 28 Jan 2014
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After owning the console for a couple of months my impressions are generally positive, but it's yet to 'blow' me away with what I would consider a 'next gen' experience. The bottom line is that I'm sure great things are to come, but they're still a little while off.

My advice would be to hold out on buying this console, at least until some better games are released or the price has dropped - as at the moment you're really not missing out on much!

Compared to the juggernaut Xbox 360 (which I previously owned and loved), the PS4 is small, discrete and most pleasingly quiet! As seems to be the standard with modern consoles, it can be positioned horizontally or vertically. The only niggle about the design is the angled front and back of the machine, which may make it awkward for positioning in tight spaces.

Moving from the Xbox 360 gamepad to the PS4's was a bit of a challenge and took about a week or so to get accustomed to. I still think the Xbox 360 gamepad is superior, but the redesigned PS4 gamepad is a great step up from its previous iteration. What I love the most about the PS4 gamepad is the inclusion of the headphone port. It's just one of those small design details that makes a big difference. I often prefer playing games on headphones and therefore having to continually plug headphones in and out of a TV is a bit of a nuisance. There doesn't seem to be any degradation in the sound quality either when streaming from the gamepad.

However it's let down slightly by the battery life, you'll probably get around 6-8 hours on a standard charge (via standard mini usb cable). The touchpad is an interesting addition but is under utilised in applications and current games. To be honest I don't have much desire to use the 'Share' button, but I'm sure offers will enjoy this. The 'options' button is a bit awkwardly positioned, making it difficult to press quickly or accurately.

The operating system and homescreen are slick and fast, presented with a soothing blue wash of colour and ambient music (I like this, but it'll probably annoy people). However the organisation of the homescreen could do with some improvements, settings and options are often hidden away in less than intuitive places. The ability to seamlessly jump in and out of games via the Playstation button on the gamepad is convenient, but I'd prefer the ability to quickly jump from one game into another - this isn't possible as applications must be closed before starting another.

Having to install games, even after purchasing it on a disc is frustrating and something I believe the console experience should eliminate. Those who prefer to purchase their games on a disc seem to be at a disadvantage, as you must still insert the disc when playing a game, whereas those who download can simply browse titles and launch through the homescreen. No doubt this is to encourage a shift to digital distribution.

Playing DVD's and Blu Rays is hassle free as would be expected. At launch the console supports, Netflix, Love Film and iPlayer (amongst others). However it's still missing apps for 4oD and iTVPlayer.

In regards to the social features, you can can watch live video streams broadcast from other people's cameras (sold sep) or watch others play games live - not something I'm particularly interested to be honest.

The initial setup was a little frustrating, requiring a number of registration steps (pretty irritating inputting details on a gamepad) followed by gigabytes of system and game updates. Don't be fooled into thinking you'll be up and playing right away, it'll take you the best part of an hour (that's with a fast internet connection) to get things up and running. *Unlike the PS3, you'll have to subscribe to Playstation Plus in order to access the multiplayer elements of your games - a year's subscription will set you back around £40! I don't appreciate having to pay additional fees to play games I've already paid for - but the Playstation Plus does offer some nice discounts and 'free' access to games (which have been pretty good so far) - so this does soften the blow.*

Overall I was pretty underwhelmed by the offering of games at launch and this is why I've rated the console with three stars. Some people may disagree with this, but as an early adopter this has significantly tainted my experience of the console. I remember when I first got my PS2 or my Xbox 360 - there were those classic 'wow' moments where I first experience what the console could offer. However I've not really experienced that with the PS4.

I purchased the system with Battlefield 4 and later purchased COD: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed 4 and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

Overall the launch offering of games is nothing short but dire. BF4 and COD do not provide the graphical jump in performance that I was expecting from a next generation console, looking at best like slightly tarted up versions of the previous gen iterations. The single player on both of these games is very poor, predictable and offers nothing new to the stagnating FPS genre. COD has become nothing more than a shooting gallery and BF4 has some of the worst writing I've ever experienced in a single player game.

Multiplayer is slightly more fun, but doesn't live up to the hype generated, particularly by BF4 and the mammoth PR machine it deployed. They'll keep you amused, but those who've played these sorts of games for years will probably tire quickly, overall these games feel like uninspired franchise rehashes rushed out to meet the release of the consoles (no doubt the reasons behind the countless BF4 glitches and COD framerate issues).

Initially Killzone does provide some hope, it looks absolutely beautiful and if you want something to show off the capability of the console then have a look at this game. It comes close to achieving that 'wow' factor but just falls short. It has a strong opening but unfortunately is unable to maintain this throughout the game. I'd say the single player is slightly more interesting than the previously mentioned games, but the multiplayer offers nothing new.

Assassin's Creed 4 is perhaps the only game (out of the 4 mentioned) that has any depth to it. I'm still playing the single player and getting lots of fun out of it. This was my first AC experience, so I can't comment on what it's like compared to previous versions, but it has a lot to offer in terms of side missions and challenges. At times the game looks stunning, but overall I wouldn't say I was blown away by what I was seeing on screen. Some of the dialogue and audio can sound a bit dodgy as well.

The surprise performer here is actually a game called Resogun (free download on PSN) - it's a very addictive, but simple side scrolling shooter with some crazy and stunning particle effects. It is a LOT of fun and well worth checking out.

Yes, the PS4 holds lots of promise, recent announcements such as Playstation Now (allowing you to stream a back catalogue of classic games) suggest great things are to come - they're just not here yet! if you're sitting on the fence about whether to take the plunge, I'd say that there's no harm in waiting. The price is only going to fall and as of yet there are no games that really justify the move to this console. Don't be pulled in by the hype, although the PS4 is a lovely console, it just hasn't done anything interesting yet!

Compact, pleasing design and quiet
Controller - especially the provision of a headphone port
Being able to instantly jump in and out of games
What is coming in the future

Poor range of games at launch
Not convinced it offers a 'next gen' experience yet
Installing updates and games is a pain
Homescreen and settings could be better organised.

*EDIT* -10/02/14 - I confused PSN with Playstation Plus - this has been corrected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great console, 26 Nov 2014
This review is from: Sony PS4 Console (PS4) (Console)
Awesome console!!! And with the new updates it is getting better. Graphics are great. setup does take a while to get use to but I like it a little better then the ps3. Exclusive games are great fun. Controller is a bit bigger then the ps3 and does feel more comfortable it is also very cool with the touch pad in the middle. I like how game developers have used the pad with their games. It's also exstreamly useful to be able to plug in headphones via the controle. One less wire to trip over.
It looks smart and sleek and a slight improvment from the ps3. It's also a bit slimmer then the ps3 slim (not the ps3 super slim the one before!). I absolutely love the idea that I can play a game that I don't own by pushing the share button and playing with a friend. If that's not a step forward from the last generation then I don't know what is. Overall a play station lover like myself will be happy with the improvements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PlayStation 4 Review!, 29 Nov 2013
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I picked my PS4 up at my local GAME store launch party a good few hours ago, the unboxing took all of two minutes when i got home (smiley face). First thing to say is it looks and feels quality and has a good weighty feel to it for something so small. A lot smaller than i thought it would be but by and large on a par with the PS3 slim. The two tone look really suits it with the blue light in between as an indicator as to the status of the console. Port wise at the back you have Power, Gigabit Ethernet, optical audio, HDMI out and an AUX proprietary port for the PlayStation Camera. At the front is the slot loading bluray drive on/off and eject buttons (which are touch sensitive) and 2x USB 3.0 ports which are ideal for charging your controller from and if you so wish a 3rd party headset. At this point i will note that Sony have made the PS4 so that you can upgrade the hard drive without voiding warranty... the specs if you want to know are that it be greater than 160GB and no thicker than 9.5mm. Although it doesn't mention the spin speed the one that comes in the console runs at 5400RPM to reduce heat so i would advise you stick to that for good measure.

Finally onto what you get, the controller is a vast improvement, it now actually feels like a proper controller and the textured back of it feels very nice to hold. The trigger buttons now feel like proper triggers and have been positioned in such a way so your fingers rest on them perfectly. L1 and R1 buttons have been redesigned too and feel better. The thumb-sticks are perhaps the biggest improvement along with the trigger buttons and i can confirm that your fingers won't be slipping off due to the shape. Having tried the Xbox One controller i have to say i prefer the thumb-sticks on the duelshock 4 as they seem slightly bigger and hence you can rest a larger part of your thumb on it. There is a built-in mini speaker as well as a touch pad which game developers can use however they see fit, in a game by game basis. Select and Start buttons have been replaces with "share" and "options" buttons. The share button allows you to either capture past game-play footage (up to 15 minutes, a screenshot or even live stream footage to either twitch or ustream). The Options button kind of doubles as a start button. There is the inclusion of an in ear mono headset which simply plugs into the controller and i have to say it does feel cheap and basic but at least everyone will be catered for and won't have an excuse about not being able to talk to other players. If anything it will tide you over till you get something better after a few days/weeks and indeed would be good as backup so you can't really complain (at least they included one in the box). You also get a HDMI cable and mini usb to usb 3.0 cable to charge the controller. The battery is built in so no need for disposable batteries! (smiley face)

Setup was very quick and easy and i was up and running within 5 minutes, i include redeeming my current PlayStation account in that time too. Please note that there is a mandatory update when you first connect to the internet which did take a while but after that i was already at the dynamic menu and oh what an improvement it truly is compared to PS3! The menu system is easy to navigate, intuitive and fast to operate. Everything is where you yourself would think it is and there are no loading screens between menus. You can tell that Sony really wanted to push the social side of this console as everything from friends latest trophies, notifications, news and video uploads are available right from the off. Everything is also laid out in order of what you were doing last with the very last thing being the nearest to where you start. Above all this there is a kind of "cross media bar" where all the system info and settings can be found, again all very easy to get to and it's fast so those days of waiting around with the ps3 are long gone. Similarly the PlayStation store has been redesigned so it's even easier to navigate and also fast to operate, (ps3 owners will know how painfully slow accessing the store was on ps3, well that's a thing of the past).

To play online you will require PlayStation plus membership but because of all the included stuff that it brings you will never complain about what it offers. Everything from free games each month, updates that happen in the background, cloud saves and discounted games and DLCs are offered to PS+ members and i would argue you actually get your money back over the course of the year. For example in 2014 "Driveclub" will be free to all PS+ members, well that's a £50 game right there that they are including, and you get to keep the game once that month has gone! Indeed you can keep playing those games for as long as you want, so long as you remain a PS+ subscriber.

As i said earlier updates happen in the background while you are gaming and also when the system is in sleep mode, the controller can also be charged through the console while it sleeps too. Now there are mandatory game installations just like the ps3 but this time around they are much larger although i do need to point out that installation is extremely quick (under a minute per game). As for noise wise, the console runs very quiet most of the time although the main fan can be quite loud at certain points particularly when a game loads or when the console has been running for a good few hours. As for games, i have only managed to play Killzone: shadow fall for a limited time but have to say the graphics are stunningly beautiful, everything looks crisp and sharp! Game-play feels smooth and i like how they have used the touch-pad to control "OWL" a drone. Other things i wish to note are that the console has WIFI connectivity (which seems faster than the ps3) and the controller runs off Bluetooth technology so uses very little power. However, it's worth noting that the battery in the controller doesn't last as long as the DuelShock 3 did, i'm managing to get around 9-10 hours out of a full charge.

PROS: The Console looks beautiful and the User Interface is clean and crisp to look at * Controller is VASTLY improved * At long last we have cross game party chat * Background updates * quick install times * games i have played so far like black-light retribution (free to play for PS+ members) and Killzone are fantastic * you can get back to the main menu at any point mid game and it holds the game in suspension rather than quitting so you can instantly rejoin (double pressing the PS button takes you straight back to the game) * recharge controller while the console sleeps * for what you get i would argue the console is very good value

CONS: Party chat could sound clearer * included headset feels cheap to look at and use * PlayStation network needs to be made more stable especially as we are now mandated to pay for it if we want to play online * Sony need to reduce the amount of "maintenance" sessions it does and shorten their length or at the very least do them during the early hours of the morning rather than prime time during the day or evening.

VERDICT: I now have both of the next generation consoles and have to say that although I've only spent a relatively short period of time with the PS4 so far i'm very impressed at it's speed and ease of use along with it's potential gaming ability. The controller is a big plus this time around and feels like they actually listened to what gamers want. Will the inclusion of a touch-pad and speaker set the world alight? Probably not but it does open up possibilities for developers to get creative. I'm glad Sony didn't go down the Voice control path that Microsoft did, using a controller will always be faster and more reliable and i'm glad they put extra effort into the basics of the system rather than getting cocky. They've priced it right and it feels well put together, you feel like you're getting a quality package and from one gamer to another i can fully recommend this to you.

I hope you enjoy many happy years of gaming with this, it's a great time to be a gamer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!


UPDATE 27th December 2013: It is only fair to point out that my review is of my own personal experience using the PS4 and i have to say i'm still enjoying the experience and still fully recommend this console to you. However, it is also fair to point out that a relatively small number of people have bought a PS4 and suffered a hardware failure of some kind, this is unfortunate and obviously must be aggravating for the people concerned, more so if it was intended as a Christmas present, i can only hope that Sony or Amazon (or whichever retailer you got it from) can help you out in a reasonable time frame. I will finish by saying every console launch over the past 10 years has had problems, the Xbox 360 for example was plagued with hardware malfunctions back in 2005 when it first came out with failure rates as high as 12%. It is worth pointing out that the official failure rate of the PS4 based on official figures so far is around 0.4%, which is on a par with any consumer electronics device.

UPDATE 2nd April 2014: There have been more software updates to the console to improve how the system works over the past few weeks and months and also to improve stability online although they still need to find better ways of implementing them rather than shutting everything down for the whole day. Besides that I'm very much enjoying the experience and still very much recommend it to you, inFAMOUS: Second Son is the latest game I've been playing and is great fun!

UPDATE 10th July 2014: Everything working as it should and still enjoying the experience. Some great games have come out recently and the software updates keep making the system better and better to use!
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOW its worth owning, 19 Nov 2014
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Ive had a PS4 for 11 months now. For the first 10 months it really didn't do anything for me at all, and I nearly flogged it a few times as there was simply no games worth having. This has now changed, GTA V, COD AW, Alien Isolation, Little Big Planet, Destiny, Last of Us etc now make it a console worth owning. I was always an XB owner, but saw MS plans to invade our living rooms so went doen the PS4 route, and very glad I did. The only downside was my console started to stutter during gameplay, so I contacted Amazon, and even though I was only a few days from 1 year being up, they sent a brand new console out free of charge...exceptional customer service. I would recommend a PS4 to anyone and everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy one, you won't regret it, 14 Nov 2014
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Fantastic console. Better than the Xbox and well worth the money. Use my all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic console, 3 Dec 2013
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In my opinion it's slightly more confortable than my 360 controller, the ps4 controller has better grip, the 360 controller is more plastic (if you sweat from the hands the ps4 controller has better grip), the 3.5 jack on the controller is a very good feature for using headphones, no more passing cables through middle of the room. The trackpad gives a few innovations, Works very well as a button for opening maps, or even just to flick the lighter on Tomb raider. The microphone adds a new dimension to games and the share buttton I will NEVER use. The battery life is on the low side and I guess that will be most peoples complaints about the controler. Hey at least you dont need to buy batteries

It is way way better than the ps3 controller which I really hated. In fact if you play shooters, this controller will feel made for it, I can aim even better than my 360 controller, must have something to do with the design of the joysticks.
NOTE - A lot of people complained about the joystick rubber wearing off, I had no such issue with my ps4 which I had since launch and played hundreds of hours.

This for me is the most important thing on a console, the reason I dont game on PC is because I move a lot due to my job, so I cant just pack up a PC on a backpack, and the ps4 is very travel friendly, its slim/sleek, much more than the xbox which is huge. And no external power supply makes it even easier to pack. Another good thing is that I can use it horizontal, or vertical (with the official stand) which you cant with the xbox.
Because of this slim size, the ps4 caught my eye from the get go, I hated how huge the original ps3 was, and I hate how huge the xbox One is.
I cry everytime I game on PC, with huge installations, codes, changing graphics options etc, I love how easy the ps4 is, insert disc, play, all in such a slim and powerfull machine.

That sony put so much power into such a small casing is a remarkeable thing, that microsoft made a less powerfull console with external power pack and a much bigger case makes you realize how special the ps4 is, a miracle of engineering. How can something so small have so much power and still run so quiet and cool? I ll never know, but for someone that used to play PC not long ago, its really impressive. The GPU is 50% more powerfull than the xbox One, the RAM is GDDR5 while its DRR3 on xbox.

I love how Sony keeps things simple and professional looking, I hate all those adverts on my 360 that I cant get rid of, and you know that sooner or later they'll do the same for the X One. I am impressed how everything is so quick and within a button press on PS4 but there are still a lot of improvements to be made, we still need a way of organizing games and apps, they just need to add folders.

The most impressive thing on this OS is how every game is ready to play within 2min, while on the xbox it will take you at least 15min. Then if you have your Xbox connect online then the installation is a mess as it installs and downloads stuff at same time, which takes ages.
With ps4, you can play the game within 2 min and the updates will be on background. Youll still hear the disc spinning for the rest of installation on background, such a miracle for someone who had to put up with the ps3 for years. No more waiting for nothing

Share play, project morpheus, Vita, PS TV and xperia remote play, ability to easily swap the HDD, PS Now, etc, sony has it all covered
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting game play, 4 Sep 2014
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My kids saved for ages to get their PS4 and they were happy with the deal they got from Amazon. Delivery was fast and they just rave about how much better this console is than their Wii. They love the graphics and the online gaming options.

The downsides of the PS4 are the price of the console, the price of the games, and the fact that it only comes with one controller. They bought a second controller, which cost £40, and also bought a year's subscription to PSN (playstation network), which was another £40.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great machine, can't wait for more big releases..., 14 Sep 2014
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Absolutely fantastic. Upgraded from an XBox 360 and even the early offering games available so far are technically miles ahead of the best of the last gen.
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