PlayStation 4by Sony

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 4
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Powerful system with dazzling graphics and a speedy, uncomplicated interface.
  • The DualShock 4 Wireless controller is comfortable and intuitive, with well-designed triggers and a clickable touchpad.
  • Capturing, sharing, and broadcasting gameplay is a snap.

CONS

  • A console is only as good as its games... and the PS4 still lacks a wealth of truly awesome, next-generation games.
  • The PlayStation Network--which is required for many of the PS4's cool features--can be unreliable.
  • Those PS3 games you already own will never be compatible. You'll have to pay for a subscription to PlayStation Now to play older titles.
The PlayStation 4 is Sony's newest--and most powerful--game console, successor to the popular PlayStation 3 and direct competitor to Microsoft's Xbox One. This half-shiny, half-matte angular machine comes with a comfy DualShock 4 controller, features all-digital outputs, and looks more like a fancy Blu-ray player than a gaming console. But it's not just the PS4 you're buying--it's the network. Sony has streamlined online gameplay; players can broadcast live gaming sessions on Twitch or YouTube and (for a price) access multiplayer gaming and stream older titles through a Netflix-like gaming subscription service.
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90%

Sony played very smart indeed with the architecture of the PS4, not only fixing the major weakness of the PS3 – a reliance on a non-standard…

Sony played very smart indeed with the architecture of the PS4, not only fixing the major weakness of the PS3 – a reliance on a non-standard, hard to program, proprietary architecture – but also giving the PS4 a surprise advantage over the Xbox One.

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84%

If you need to check or change a plug, the whole thing has to come off the shelf so you can get at what you need.

If you need to check or change a plug, the whole thing has to come off the shelf so you can get at what you need.

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83%

Unlike the DualShock 3, we only have minor complaints for the PlayStation 4's controller. It's not simply a controller we'll "put up with" f…

Unlike the DualShock 3, we only have minor complaints for the PlayStation 4's controller. It's not simply a controller we'll "put up with" for the rare exclusive PS4 titles; it's one we won't consider a roadblock when choosing where to play multiplatform games.

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80%

Aside from a zippier all-around experience in the system software, the PS4 tends to install games quicker than the Xbox One.

Aside from a zippier all-around experience in the system software, the PS4 tends to install games quicker than the Xbox One.

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80%

The power buttons can be frustrating, but not Xbox 360 Slim frustrating. The bad news is they're touch-sensitive with no physical feedback. …

The power buttons can be frustrating, but not Xbox 360 Slim frustrating. The bad news is they're touch-sensitive with no physical feedback. The good news is they're so small you won't accidentally turn the console on or off or eject the disc (like I've done many times with the Xbox 360 Slim).

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80%

The shape of the box is familiar, yet completely unique. Its slim, rectangular features brings to mind a PlayStation 2 in form and function,…

The shape of the box is familiar, yet completely unique. Its slim, rectangular features brings to mind a PlayStation 2 in form and function, but its sloped, asymmetrical design helps us understand that nothing like this has ever existed before now.

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77%

The most incredible thing Sony has done with the DualShock 4, however, is that the company has made perhaps the most comfortable gamepad I’v…

The most incredible thing Sony has done with the DualShock 4, however, is that the company has made perhaps the most comfortable gamepad I’ve ever laid hands on.

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75%

The half-gloss, half-matte finish is a pleasant visual compromise. It's a grown-up machine, designed more like a stylish DVD player than a g…

The half-gloss, half-matte finish is a pleasant visual compromise. It's a grown-up machine, designed more like a stylish DVD player than a gaudy video game console.

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70%

[The PlayStation Camera] is an optional accessory—you have to shell out $60 for one since they don’t come packed in with the console—but af…

[The PlayStation Camera] is an optional accessory—you have to shell out $60 for one since they don’t come packed in with the console—but after bringing one home for testing I have a hard time recommending you purchase a PS4 without it.

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Some functions, like sharing, work perfectly, but other entertainment features and web browsing were clunky at best.

Some functions, like sharing, work perfectly, but other entertainment features and web browsing were clunky at best.

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The PlayStation 4’s controller runs out of juice fairly quickly, but I prefer a controller I can plug in and recharge to one I need to buy A…

The PlayStation 4’s controller runs out of juice fairly quickly, but I prefer a controller I can plug in and recharge to one I need to buy AA batteries (or a separate charging kit) for. The DualShock 4 is also smaller than the Xbox One’s controller, and I find it to be more comfortable and intuitive.

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While the PS4 does bring a noticeable jump over the last generation of consoles, the apparent increase is not as breathtaking as I would hav…

While the PS4 does bring a noticeable jump over the last generation of consoles, the apparent increase is not as breathtaking as I would have expected given the seven-year gap since the PS3 came out.

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That’s what $400 for a PS4 buys you this time around: a system that feels like something that’s been around the block off the block, instead…

That’s what $400 for a PS4 buys you this time around: a system that feels like something that’s been around the block off the block, instead of a feature-incomplete, overpriced collage of half-baked apps and feature hypotheticals.

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But sharing stuff post-craziness is only one option. You can also stream your screen—and your hideous, grimacing face (with PS camera) live …

But sharing stuff post-craziness is only one option. You can also stream your screen—and your hideous, grimacing face (with PS camera) live through the stupid simple Ustream and Twitch integration.

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