Posted 15/07/2014 by BrightHouse Team
The PlayStation 4 was released in November of last year, and has been flying off the shelves and into living rooms ever since. It’s the most powerful console currently on the market, but is it also the best gaming console on the market? Have a read of our PS4 review to find out.
From the first announcement of the PlayStation 4, Sony have been promoting it as very much for games and gamers, rather than a multimedia approach as with Microsoft and the Xbox One. This certainly helped the PS4 to gain followers early on, as Microsoft did a couple of u-turns over some of their less popular announcements about the Xbox One.
While the looks of both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 seem to have merged somewhat, the PS4 is slimmer and sleeker with its sloped design, and is roughly the same size as the slim version of the PS3. The front of the console features a slot-loading Blu-ray disc drive, and a couple of powered USB ports where you can charge the wireless controllers. While it may not be the most exciting thing to look at, the PS4’s slim design is all the more impressive for the fact that it also contains the power supply, meaning there’s no heavy box attached to the power cable.
The PlayStation 4 has been given a significant increase in power over its predecessor, with a new eight-core processor and 8GB of RAM. It also has a 500GB hard drive, with the option of upgrading to a bigger capacity, or a solid-state drive for increased performance. This means the graphics are looking more stunning than ever, and the increased memory will allow for bigger and more detailed game worlds.
A pleasingly fast boot-up reveals a redesigned interface known as the Dynamic Menu. It looks very slick and streamlined, and is composed of two horizontal feeds showing your games and apps, as well as your profile, settings, and friends list. Your list of games and apps reorders itself according to what you’ve been using most recently, and groups some things together such as streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. As well as the most popular video services, you’ll find Sony’s own Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited apps, offering a wide selection of music and films for a monthly subscription.
The PlayStation Network (PSN) has also received some attention, with many new features and benefits. A big change is that PlayStation Plus is now required for online play, as with Xbox Live Gold, but you get plenty for your money. You can get digital store discounts, monthly free games, and early DLC access, as well as 1GB of cloud storage for your saved games.
The PlayStation 4’s controller has also had an overhaul, with some tweaked elements of the classic DualShock design, as well as some new additions like the sleek touchpad, and the small in-built speaker. Both of these features are yet to be fully utilised by games, but are interesting and well-executed additions that are sure to lead to some exciting in-game uses.
The PlayStation 4 is a big step up from the PS3, improving the graphics and features, and streamlining the design. While the line of great games may be limited at the moment, we’re sure to see some really exciting titles arriving on the PS4 soon, making use of its new power and controller features.
The PlayStation 4 is available at BrightHouse with two different bundles:
PS4 Watch_Dogs Bundle
PS4 Killzone Bundle