Re­view­ing the PlaySta­tion 4 (Gamer Edi­tion)

Introduction

On Nov. 29th of 2013, the PlaySta­tion 4 was re­leased in Eu­rope and my friend de­cided to buy one and give it to me for test­ing pur­poses. In this ar­ti­cle, I want to tell you every­thing about the PlaySta­tion 4 and my first im­pres­sions.

Packaging

The PlaySta­tion 4 Gamer Edi­tion is shipped in a cus­tom box in­clud­ing a sec­ond con­troller, the new PlaySta­tion Cam­era and the ex­clu­sive game "Kil­l­zone: Shadow Fall". IMG_9382In the rest of the box, you'll find the first con­troller, an HDMI ca­ble, a DC ca­ble, a mono head­set and a brief user guide next to the PlaySta­tion 4 it­self with a 500 GB hard drive. [gallery link="file" columns="4" ids="1450,1442,1443,1444"]

The System

On the front side of the PlaySta­tion 4, you'll find a slot-load­ing Blu-Ray Drive, two USB 3.0 ports and the touch sen­si­tive power and eject but­tons. Com­pared to the PlaySta­tion 3, not much has changed in these as­pects. [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="1446,1447"] On the back side, Sony in­cluded a DC in­put, an op­ti­cal au­dio out­put, an HDMI out­put, an eth­er­net port and an AUX port for the new PlaySta­tion Cam­era. _MG_9396On the top side, there's a glow­ing LED stripe that shows the sys­tem's sta­tus us­ing dif­fer­ent col­ors. For ex­am­ple, when the PlaySta­tion is boot­ing, the stripe glows blue and while it's run­ning, the stripe glows white. PlayStation's top side with the glowing LED stripThe left and right sides are used for cool­ing the sys­tem. Cold air gets pulled in and then ex­its the sys­tem through the fans lo­cated on the back.

The Controller

Comparing the controllersIn com­par­i­son to the old con­troller, the new con­troller in­cludes a new touch­pad on the top and two new but­tons (Share, Op­tions) that re­place the old Se­lect and Start but­tons. The joy­sticks are smaller and are sur­rounded by a bezel for bet­ter grip­ping. The space be­tween both joy­sticks is a bit larger for eas­ier us­age. The 2nd left and right trig­gers are shaped dif­fer­ently to al­low the player to have bet­ter con­trol over the game. Also, the new con­troller in­cludes a speaker and a head­set port so the player can com­mu­ni­cate with other play­ers via the in­cluded or any 3rd party head­set. If you don't want to use your TVs speak­ers, you can also use your head­set to lis­ten to the con­sole's sound.

New games and the interface

In ad­di­tion to the in­cluded game, my friend also bought "As­sas­s­in's Creed IV: Black Flag" which uses the con­sole's new ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The new graph­ics seem great and in con­trast to the old con­sole, are even dis­played in 1080p. Also, I feel that anti-alias­ing has been im­proved, so that edges seem smoother. [gallery link="file" ids="1460,1461,1462"] The in­ter­face has been com­pletely re­designed and im­proved a lot. On the home screen you'll see the most re­cently played games and your friends' ac­tiv­i­ties. By press­ing the UP but­ton, you'll find an ex­tended menu for your PSN/​SEN pro­file, your tro­phies, mes­sages, the PlaySta­tion store and the sys­tem set­tings.

Extra: Playing Blu-Ray Discs

I'm a huge fan of Blu-Ray Discs so we tried to use the PlaySta­tion 4 as a Blu-Ray player which worked like a charm, even though load­ing the disc takes a few sec­onds. The qual­ity on a big screen is im­pres­sive, so the PlaySta­tion 4 can also be used as a Blu-Ray player, like the old con­sole.

Conclusion

All in all, I liked the PlaySta­tion 4, even though I'm not a huge gamer my­self. The graph­ics are great, the con­troller felt good in my hands and the sys­tem is quite fast once it booted. If you have any ques­tions, just leave them in the com­ments field be­low this ar­ti­cle.