Welcome to our PS4 review, where we will hopefully give you some useful insight as to what you can expect from the latest incarnation of Sony’s ever popular console. The console itself has a very sleek design, with its matte black finish and sharp looking edges. It is also much smaller in size than you would expect, and with an internal power supply there is also no need for a separate power pack. The Playstation 4 has been clearly designed with a minimalistic aspect behind its outward appearance, but it is also as functional as you would expect too.
The PS4 has been designed so it can be used laid down flat in the traditional manner, kind of like a set-top box, but it can also operate standing up on its side as a kind of tower system. On the front side of the console you will find the power and eject buttons, along with two USB ports, which are discretely placed within the indent or groove which runs around the console. Take a look at the rear and you will find that it is largely made up of cooling vents, presumably this is to offset the heat caused by the internal power pack. The power socket, along with more connectivity options such as HDMI, Ethernet etc, are also located on the back of the device.
The traditional Playstation controller has always been popular, with only slight modifications made to it over the years. Not much has changed with the PS4 Dual Shock controller. There are subtle differences however, such as the analogue thumb-sticks which are now easier to grip and more responsive. The biggest change Sony have made here is the new touch panel, which sits in the middle of the controller where you would once have found the ‘Start’ and ‘Select’ buttons. It works much like the track-pad on a laptop, allowing you to make numerous gesture movements during game-play as well as navigate menus more easily. It is a little early to see how game developers will utilize this functionality though, but it looks like Sony have learned a thing or two about how games are played on touch-screen phones and tablets, and tried to incorporate that into its new gamepad.
Although not included in the standard bundle in order to keep the price as low as possible, you do have the option of buying the Eye camera separately. The dual cameras on the Playstation 4 Eye are able to detect movement via the sensors built into the front of the Dual Shock controller; a system designed to pick up subtle subconscious movements such as ducking or swerving to the side. The camera is also able to detect and track the motion of your body. This opens up a whole new dimension for game developers to incorporate motion detection into their titles, and some have already begun to do just that.
As far as games are concerned, the Playstation 4 does not fall short. With a reported 100 games due to be released within the first year, and 20 of those being exclusive to the PS4, gamers have a lot to look forward to. And thanks to the hefty hardware spec of Sony’s flagship gaming device, we could be in for some of the most immersive and visually stunning video game experiences to date. Just a few of the titles already on the way include Battlefield 4, Metal Gear Solid 5, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Call Of Duty: Ghosts.
Take a look at this trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag:
While Microsoft are busy trying to dazzle you with how much the Xbox One can do besides gaming, the PS4 is aligning itself more closely with those purists who buy a games console to actually play games. Yes you can connect to the internet, video chat with friends, share your gaming experiences, and use the built-in Facebook integration, but at the core of a console’s functionality must be its ability to provide an absorbing and increasingly realistic gaming experience. The Playstation 4 does that like no other console that has come before, and may well set the game console benchmark for years to come. Thank you for taking the time to read our PS4 review.