Sony PlayStation 4
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: 10034
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CNET editors' review
price range: $409.00 - $544.43
- Reviewed by: Jeff Bakalar
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 11/13/2013
- Updated on:02/06/2014
- Released on: 11/15/2013
The good: The PlayStation 4 serves up dazzling graphics, runs on a simplified and logical interface, and boasts a fantastic controller. It's $100 cheaper than rival Xbox One and has the upper hand on indie and digital-only games. It also doubles as a great Blu-ray player and has plenty of streaming entertainment apps.
The bad: There are few must-buy triple-A titles in these early days, and existing PS3 games aren't compatible. The PS4 lacks the robust DLNA compatibility or media playback support which made its predecessor such a great all-around content player. And the promising PlayStation Now and streaming TV services won't be available until later this year.
The bottom line: The PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, blazing interface, near-perfect controller, and lower price give it a slight edge on the Xbox One -- for now.
A great system!
by Randome_User on November 16, 2013
Pros: -Outstanding controller
Cons: -Unstable PSN (Probably release issue)
-Not much of a graphical improvement from PS3, but methods of playing the games have been greatly improved (E.G. Controllers and motion control, plus a lot more)
Summary: Too bad people who don't have this awesome system ar.*are rating it down.
Updated on Nov 16, 2013
Summary: Too bad people who don't have this awesome system ar.*are rating it down.
Updated on Nov 16, 2013
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
by cbucon on November 19, 2013
games games games
free to play
Cons: no 3d blurry support at launch
no youtube support
capturing doesn't get sound right now
no HBO go yet
Summary: Overall great purchase for the money. Anyone that complains about no cd is an idiot. I have bought a cd in 10 years probably. Great launch titles great indie games. ...
Summary: Overall great purchase for the money. Anyone that complains about no cd is an idiot. I have bought a cd in 10 years probably. Great launch titles great indie games. Netflix, red box, hulu plus. Sucks no HBO GO.
3 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
"4 the Gamers"
by BalramRules on December 3, 2013
Pros: 1) Focused solely on Gaming
2) Its online service, PS+, is an absolute bargain
3) Very friendly community
4) Great value for money
5) Many fab exclusives
6) Plenty of indie support
7) Most popular of this generation of consoles
Cons: BBOD Hardware Failures exist, though <1% and also negligible compared to its direct competitor, the Xbox One (which is currently affecting a notorious amount of units)
Summary: The PS4 is the most promising of the next-generation of consoles to release this year and has already surpassed 2 million units sold worldwide, compared to its competitor who just ...
Summary: The PS4 is the most promising of the next-generation of consoles to release this year and has already surpassed 2 million units sold worldwide, compared to its competitor who just scraped 1 million (at the time of writing).
The PS4 does not force any unnecessary gaming accessories to buy with the console (such as its PSEye).
You can now download games in the background, or even play them, as they're downloading, for those titles that support this function.
PS+, which is PlayStation's Online Gaming service, not only provides Online Multiplayer, but gives a library of PS3/4/Vita titles for free, every month, so long as you remain subscribed, and has been centered around a social environment.
Along with all of that, Cross-Game Chat (aka Party Chat) has now made it to the PS4, and there will also be Cross-Platform Functionalities for select games/features, with smartphones/PS Vita/PS3s/PC.
Sony have reiterated on countless occasions that everything that is being done, is primarily all for the gamer, and everyone else is second, and have proved this point just as many times as they're reiterated it, through giving countless giveaways, games, rewards for loyalty, and so on.
With this console, you can replace the hard disk drive, without voiding the warranty, and has been made easy to do so, where all you have to look for, is the all-famous Golden PlayStation Screw, which is all you need to screw out and back in, with a Phillips Screwdriver.
Its specs are significantly greater than all of its competitors, to top it all up.
Sony is set to surpass 5 million units (PS4s) sold, on its FIRST Quarter of being released, and have set countless records worldwide, alongside with this PS4, it's set to be bundled with a PS Vita, and is already beginning to shift plenty of PS Vita units worldwide.
I predict that Sony's set to win this generation of console gaming, without any obstacles, as we all know, first impressions count, and PS4 has taken every opportunity to get it right, whilst Microsoft, to be frank, "messed it up" completely.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Don't listen to the naysayers.
by oregonthunder on February 14, 2014
Pros: Easy Interface. Great Graphics. Selling 4 to 1 over the Xbox one. Better Hardware than the Xbox One.
Cons: Not many games yet, but that will all change.
Summary: I actually own this system unlike half the people on here rating it. If you play sports games, even the crowd is better looking. This is hands down the better ...
Summary: I actually own this system unlike half the people on here rating it. If you play sports games, even the crowd is better looking. This is hands down the better system and in time game developers are going to realize that most of their customer base will be on the PS4 and build games to PS4 specs, and the Xbox None will not be able to play the same games. Xbox None will be forgotten about in a couple of years. I am sure the Xbox None is a decent system, but from the people I have talked to, they are already having regrets. They paid more money for a lesser system. Sucks to be them. The quantity of media available for the PS4 at the moment on PSN is very limited, but that will all change. I did not want a media center, I wanted the top tier games and the best hardware driven game console. I like the NFL, but I don't need a Xbox None to enjoy that. That is what Smart TV's are for, duh! Anyways, I am bashing the Xbox None a little because of the fake reviews I read through. I own the PS4 and it is hands down the winner.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
A Little Bundle of Joy
by Dnalra on January 23, 2014
Pros: Graphics, Price, Quick interface, large friends list, Share buttons cool
Cons: Lack of launch games, no Youtube app, doesn't support Sony made headsets from the PS3, cant use the USB from the PS3 controller to charge PS4 controller
Summary: If you are looking to just game before anything else, this is the console for you. The graphics are more crisp and theres a lot of power in this little ...
Summary: If you are looking to just game before anything else, this is the console for you. The graphics are more crisp and theres a lot of power in this little system.
Good console good for hardcore players.
by Jaragun on January 16, 2014
Pros: + Awesome graphics
+ Good controller
+ i's fast
+ Good games
+ Playstation now coming soon
Cons: - Microphone i'ts not perfect
- Loud noise
- Youtube Videos doesn't work
- No 4K resolution on games
Summary: Ps4 is great console, but it's not perfect. Because that console makes annoying noise, and that someway ruin slightly playing experience. But these graphics are awesome and games load ...
Summary: Ps4 is great console, but it's not perfect. Because that console makes annoying noise, and that someway ruin slightly playing experience. But these graphics are awesome and games load really fast. Like assassins creed loading is really short, like if you compare assassins creed xbox 360 you must wait pretty long, but on ps4, it take about 20 seconds. And you get ps4 box with mono headset, that headset it's not headset. It is only one earphone, and is you speak on that microphone, your voice crackle on multiplayer, but that crackle is not huge, sometimes when someone speak me i hear that prety unclear.And i'm sorry about my bad english. Greetings from Finland!
Graphics beautiful,gameplay improved,home screen boring
by mattliptak on January 3, 2014
Pros: Love the graphics and speed and new features
Cons: Home screen could have been better. Looks boring and just a row of boxes.
Summary: I have owned every Sony console since PS2 and have to say this one is the best yet. Got this on release day and it really exceeded expectations. I was ...
Summary: I have owned every Sony console since PS2 and have to say this one is the best yet. Got this on release day and it really exceeded expectations. I was a bit upset there was no backward compatibility with PS3 games however I feel this will far surpass PS3 with graphics and speed in no time. The set up was easy and I was playing games quickly with no hassle. The box does get very hot and the fan tries to cool it down as much as possible but still gets a bit warm. The design is very sleek and compact compared to my Xbox One which is bulky and large. The one thing Sony did not do well with here is the home screen which is nothing like the full integration of Xbox One. It is boring and basically shows a row of boxes with unchangeable background music which is also boring. The game selection is okay but not as good as Xbox yet, but sure it will get better. However graphics are spectacular, Call of Duty and Battlefield are impressive and speed and game play has come a long way. The controller is heavy and a lot better and looks like more is to come since it includes a touchpad. I like the fact you can standby from a game to home screen and save your spot. Multiplayer is about the same but Playstation Plus is a waste of money right now. The free games are horrible and it is a waste of $49. Unless they plan to come out with more capabilities for this, I would not purchase a membership. Between the two consoles, Xbox now having Blu Ray, I have to say I have always liked Sony, but I think Xbox has given them some serious competition and it is a matter of time before Microsoft take the helm of the video game wars. For now I like having both for exclusive content.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
by HypedBeaver13 on November 30, 2013
Pros: The PlayStation 4 has the best hardware in any gaming console, at the best value.
Cons: 4K support is only available for movies and television, not video games. Also, there is no real innovation other than updated graphics and user interface.
Summary: The reason I say the PlayStation 4 is caught between a rock and a hard place is simple: it is caught between the casual and hardcore gamers. A hardcore gamer ...
Summary: The reason I say the PlayStation 4 is caught between a rock and a hard place is simple: it is caught between the casual and hardcore gamers. A hardcore gamer will go for a PC over a PlayStation 4 and may choose to spend that 400 dollars on the latest video card as opposed to a gaming console. A casual gamer may prefer the features of the consoles made by Microsoft and Nintendo as opposed to the PlayStation 4.
Not what I expected but still good!
by TechDre31 on November 22, 2013
Pros: Slick design, Cool controller with a speaker and touch pad, Can upgrade internal memory, No power brick and will get better with time! Games played are Kill Zone, Need for Speed, NBA2K14 and all the Indie games released for free at launch.
Cons: The game point system sucks and it sucks to look at. The interface is okay but nothing next gen looking. The interface looks like something that could have been pushed as a update to the PS3 dashboard.
Summary: I want to play better games period Sony! Games played so far with a rating system from 1-10 are Kill Zone 8, Need for Speed 7 and NBA2K14 7 1/...
Summary: I want to play better games period Sony! Games played so far with a rating system from 1-10 are Kill Zone 8, Need for Speed 7 and NBA2K14 7 1/2. Nothing I've touched so far has gave me the WOW factor even if its not about graphics this time around. The overall game play feels pretty much the same so far. Let me say that the overall look has been polished in a upgraded way though. It's like one step up from HD but not 4K. I'm a car racing game kind of guy and I was tempted to buy the XBOX One first for FORZA but the price as well as cable integration wasn't appealing to me. I was disappointed when Drive Club was delayed and didn't even find out until I had already purchased the PS4. After playing those 3 games I do feel like they should have waited to release the new systems until 2014 because the next gen feel isn't strong enough yet. Could you guys imagine if Drakes Uncharted, Grand Tourism and The Last of Us 2 was all released at the same time? I would be glued to my TV but instead I play every other day or so because there isn't enough gaming excitement that drives me to play everyday. Like how I felt just recently when GTA5 was released. I need that feeling Sony sooner than later and if you're debating with yourself on what system to buy I agree with CNET to just wait. I believe they pushed both systems way to early to the public. I was totally fine playing my 360 and PS4. I'm going to purchase the XBOX One as well but not until next year once they release some much needed updates from what I've seen and read.
I was both impressed and disappointed
by DaMonkeyOnCrack on November 15, 2013
Pros: -Graphics are amazing (at least with Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed)
-Controller is way more comfortable to hold and use except for the giant button/touch sensor
-Really strong hardware
Cons: -It's unable to read CD's
-It lacking being able to store or play your own music or videos is disappointing. Even the PS3 could do that
-PSN is really unstable (probably just a launch issue)
-Seemd to have fewer release titles than the 360 or PS3
Summary: Overall, I'm fairly happy with it but I do wish it did a little more as it seems to function more as a game console than a media center. ...
Summary: Overall, I'm fairly happy with it but I do wish it did a little more as it seems to function more as a game console than a media center. I will be playing games mainly, but I also stored music and pictures on my PS3 which the PS4 can't do so it took a step backwards there. If some of these issues can be resolved with a software update (at least where I can store music, videos besides purchased off of PSN, pictures and set my own wallpaper besides the floating wave), I'd be very happy with itAnd the Xbox One has tools that allows for the NSA to spy on you and a Kinect that is always on. Also if you looked at it, the xbone destroyed itself and Microsoft were only doing damage control at E3. All I could say the Xbox which was once a gamer's hero turned evil
Updated on Nov 16, 2013