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. However, it is still best for the console and the game to come from the same region.
- 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, Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War among many others. Several exclusive PS3 and PS2 games like The Last of Us, God Of War III, Shadow of the Colossus, Kingdom Hearts series, .hack//G.U. series 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 the 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. It can even support solid state drives (SSDs) which can make the game load even faster.
- 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 use of HDR (High Dynamic Range) modes on supported TVs.
- Though a PS Plus subscription being required for online pay does suck, you get monthly games many times worth the monthly subscription fee with it so it ain't all bad and it makes subscription worthwhile even if you rarely play online. As many people were already paying for PS Plus before the announcement of it being required for online play on PS4, it didn't affect a lot of people.
- 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)
- The latter of which has its own share of problems such as botched image quality, small library, and input lag. This article further elaborates on the issues with PlayStation Now.
- 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.
- There are currently no PS1 Classics available on the PS4's PSN store, unlike the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita (Though a few games like Final Fantasy VII and IX, and the Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, got remastered for the PS4 with improved graphics and features).
- It has no A/V port, which means those in some foreign countries where HDTVs are not common/extremely expensive have to invest in a HDTV or a HDMI-to-A/V converter.
- The PlayStation Store is full of shovelware, and most of them are so bad that they could've been rejected by 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.
- Unlike the PS3, you have to pay for a PlayStation Plus membership in order to play online (except for free-to-play games), similar to Xbox Live, (a hint that Sony is copying Microsoft's practises) but they probably did this to regain lost money selling the PS3 and from the 2011 Playstation Network hack. As mentioned above, it ain't all bad due to monthly games, however in the early years of the console, it did feel like Sony was abusing the fact that people now paid for PS Plus to play online rather than to get monthly games, as the quality of monthly games dropped notably after the release of PS4, with many of the games being highly obscure indie games. While understandable that they wouldn't just give away big AAA games so soon after the release of PS4, this went on for several years after release, though it has thankfully now stopped and most months come with at least one AAA game.
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 at the time. As of December 31st, 2017, the console has sold 73.6 million units.