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 as they have been doing 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 very designed well and is easy to navigate.
- Nice selection of games (though most are multiplatform) with more on the way. The system currently lacks backward 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, Bloodborne, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and God of War (2018) 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 that are either just upscaled graphics or better graphics with added content.
- 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.
- Share play, 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)
- It is the first console to get an upgrade, however the PS4 pro is optional for those who who want a better experience, meaning people that have the original PS4 instead of the PS4 Pro won't feel abandoned.
- First console to support VR and the first time that it .
- 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 (They also have one on their YouTube channel.) on how to do so. It can even support SATA solid-state drives (SSDs) which can make the game load even faster.
- The "Boost Mode" included in the PS4 Pro can make games that we're 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.
- Includes a streaming subscription service called PS Now,it lets you stream games and download certain games
- Though a PS Plus subscription is 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 the 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.
- The Slim models don't have the "Blue Light of Death" issue nor the loud fan, unlike the original models.
- The PS4 controller has a touch pad, making it easier to type on the PSN, it also light that can sometimes flashes and tells you your status in a game (if you have a lot of health or if you have few health). The light also flashes like a police beacon whenever you commit crimes (GTA V and Red Dead Redemption II).
- It isn't backward compatible with PlayStation 3 games due to the 2 systems having different architectures. It also isn't backward compatible with PlayStation 2 games and even loses PlayStation 1 compatibility from the PS3,though some of the library are availaible in PS Store. 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. .
- 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 Blu-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, VIII and IX, The Crash Bandicoot Trilogy and MediEvil 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 an HDTV or an 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.
- 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 however made it cheaper).
- 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 practices) but they probably did this to regain lost money selling the PS3 and from the 2011 PlayStation Network hack. As mentioned above, it isn'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.
- After Sony Interactive Entertainment moved its company to California, censorship was being shoved in. Many fanservice games are now being censored, even in Japan, fortunately they're usually anime only games that aren't for everyone and usually these games are on PC.
- The L2 and R2 buttons are very sensitive and can activate with the lightest touch. Same thing with the touchpad. If you want to simply press, you may make a light swipe and active the swipe action even if you didn't want that.
- Unlike PlayStation 3, there were not much games that support motion controls for PlayStation Move and after the PlayStation VR release, the VR market was flooding them instead of using real motion controls on games that are not VR.
- The fan can get incredibly loud, especially with the original PS4 model, it's also quite prone to failing.
- The controller has weaker battery life in comparison to the PS3 controller, this is due to the light attached to it. The light can be dimmed however, but never turned off.
- The 8.00 firmware update is a disaster. While it still added some new good features, it is extremely broken as it can cause save file corruptions, UI corruptions, game glitches, inability to access online features, errors shutting down the system, and even bricked consoles. Currently Sony is investigating the cause of these issues to fix them for the next update.
The 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 June 14th 2020, the console sold 101 million units, making it the best selling console this generation and the 2nd best selling console by Sony, behind the PS2.