The PlayStation 4 has arrived, heralding the arrival of the next generation of consoles. Unless you believe the Wii U has already done that, in which case you're welcome to disregard that last sentence. Reviews have started rolling out for the new console and we've compiled them all here to help you decide if it's worth it to pull the trigger on purchasing one of these fancy new slick black rhombuses.
Check out the critical response below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section!
"But the PlayStation 4's focus on gaming — and only gaming — is undermined by a distinct lack of compelling software. That failing is sure to improve — better games and more of them will appear on the PlayStation 4 — but right now, this is a game console without a game to recommend it. Early adopters of the PS4 this fall are buying potential energy. We're just waiting for a place to spend it."
"Looks vary of course, but Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag both stand out as especially impressive in that category. There's no missing the dazzling shadow and lighting effects, the intensity of detail and contrasting colors -- games look significantly better on the PlayStation 4 than even last-gen latecomers like BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us."
"Sony has vaulted us into the next generation with style, delivering a powerful system that's sleek, speedy, and most importantly, user friendly. Even if you don't plan on picking up many PS4 games at launch, the system feels like an affordable and worthwhile investment that will do right by early adopters. As long as your PS4 doesn't cook itself, the two of you should get along just fine as you embark on the journey into the eight console generation."
"Beyond that, take a look at the launch line-up before you go about and buy anything. If you don't need to play Battlefield 4 or Call of Duty: Ghosts on a next gen console right freaking now, you can stand to wait. You've still got some time before the really fun stuff, the potential system-sellers (Infamous: Second Son, Destiny, Metal Gear Solid 5, etc etc) start coming out. And in general, waiting a year or so on a new console isn't the worst thing in the world; games will be more sophisticated, graphics will be better, maybe you'll even probably see a price drop if you wait long enough. Just saying."
Thought It Was OK
"The PS4 seems like it'll be a hell of a console, but it's mostly potential and a bunch of new tools in need of some awesome games for them to work on. I think you'll want one eventually. But, cool as the PS4 is, a lack of a must-play game means you can afford to wait. Do you need to have a PS4? Not yet."
"Crucially, PS4 is a powerful system with a terrific controller. For gamers, that's all that matters. The OS is fast and supports multitasking just like Xbox One. However, it's clear that many other features need to be improved upon. Voice recognition is an afterthought, and sharing needs to be fleshed out much more. And while PS4 may be designed for gamers, Sony cannot forget that PlayStation is also an "all-in-one" entertainment destination for most. In terms of media capabilities, PS4 is a huge step backwards from PS3. Given the $400 entry fee, gamers should expect--nay, demand--better out of their next-gen console."
The PlayStation 4 has received no negative reviews as of yet.