The PlayStation 4 is a console released by Sony in 2013 and is the successor to the 2006 PlayStation 3 console, and the 4th console in the PlayStation family.
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 mold 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.
- Beloved games such as The Last of Us, Ratchet & Clank, Yakuza, God Of War III and the Uncharted series got HD Remakes/Remasters for the system.
- 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.
- 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 contain "The Blue Light of Death", which is similar to the Red Ring of Death.
- 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 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.
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 January 2017, the console has 53.4 million units sold.