The PlayStation 4 is a console released by Sony in November 2013 and is the successor to the PlayStation 3. It is also the 4th home console in the PlayStation family, and Sony's entry in the eight generation of console gaming. Late 2016 saw the release of two additional models: a "slim" PS4 with the same specs as the original model, and a more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro, which allows games to run at resolutions of up to 4K.
Why It Rocks
- Rather than making their own chips for the console like they have for past consoles, Sony decided to use an AMD Jaguar-based architecture, making the console more developer friendly.
- The DualShock 4 controller is comfortable and ergonomic to hold and use, an improvement from the tried and true mould used for DualShock controllers from the original PS1 to the PS3. It's also a popular controller among PC users next to the Xbox 360 controller. The controller is even recognized by certain PC games (including Transistor and Shovel Knight).
- The UI is designed well and is easy to navigate.
- Nice selection of games (though most are multiplatform) with more on the way. The system currently lacks backwards compatibility, though, due to the different architecture. Sony did eventually release downloadable emulated PS2 games for the PS4, though neither PS2 Classics nor physical discs are compatible.
- Like the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita before it, the system is region free, making it a good console for import gamers.
- Just like the PlayStation 3, the console is able to play Blu-Rays and DVDs.
- Home to many amazing exclusives such as Ratchet & Clank, Yakuza, Uncharted 4, and Horizon Zero Dawn among many others. Several exclusive PS3 games like The Last of Us, God Of War III and the Uncharted trilogy have received remastered ports.
- Has an in-game recorder where you can take screenshots, record gameplay and/or stream them and upload it on sites like Facebook and Youtube, up to 1 hour can be recorded, at 720p, 1080p for PS4 Pro.
- Shareplay, a mode where you can play local multiplayer games with your online friends, even if they don't own the game.
- Remote play returns again, but unlike the PS3, it works well as long as you have a decent internet connection and a phone or a vita (doesn't work on games that require the camera)
- First console to support VR and first time that it actually works well.
- It is possible to upgrade the console's HDD (Hard Disk Drive) up to a maximum of 2TB (terabytes). The PlayStation website even has a step by step guide on how to do so.
- The "Boost Mode" included in the PS4 Pro can make games that were struggling to manage a consistent frame rate on the original model much smoother and nicer to play.
- All models of the PS4 are capable of making usage of HDR (High Dynamic Range) modes on supported TVs.
- It isn't backwards compatible with PlayStation 3 games due to the 2 systems having different architectures. The closest we currently have are Remasters and PlayStation Now (a cloud-streaming service).
- Some consoles suffer from the "Blue Light of Death" issue, which is similar to the "Red Ring of Death".
- Some models suffer from an issue regarding disc reading. After you insert the disc, you will hear it spin for a few seconds and then stop, again and again, then, after a few minutes, the message "DISC IS NOT RECOGNIZED" will appear on your TV screen. This can happen with both game discs and blue-ray movie discs. Some PS4 owners have found that tapping semi-hard on top of the console where the disc is situated when it is spinning usually fixes this issue. It has been reported that 1200 and 1215A PS4 models in particular can have this issue.
- PlayStation Now has its own set of problems, including:
- A small selection of titles.
- The image quality is 720p max, and the visual quality itself can depend on your internet connection.
- Streamed games can have significant input lag depending on your internet connection (a common issue with cloud streaming in general), which is especially bad for games which rely on fast and precise inputs (such as platformers, fighting games, beat 'em ups, and shooters, just to name a few).
- There are currently no PS1 Classics available on the PS4's PSN store, unlike the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita (Though few games like Final Fantasy VII and IX, and the Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, got remastered for the PS4 with improved graphics and features).
- The PlayStation store is full of shovelware, and most of them are so bad that they could've been rejected by the Steam Greenlight.
- It doesn't support cross-platform play with Switch and Xbox One on games like Minecraft or Rocket League.
- The PS4 Pro, despite being able to output 4K in games and streaming video, lacks a 4K Blu Ray drive, something other consoles like the Xbox One S already have.
This system was well received by gamers and is currently the best selling eighth generation console. Sony sold 4.2 million units by January 1st, 2014, and 6 million by March 3rd, 2014, making it the fastest selling video game console of all time. As of December 31st 2017, the console has sold 73.6 million units.