Sony PS4 review

PlayStation 4 is a fantastic console that's improved with age

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It's not enough to have four or five stand-out games available on your console; what you really need are great games waiting in the wings, ready to launch this holiday season.

The PS4 may not have had the better of the two launch line-ups (sorry Knack!), but it's making up for lost time with some huge, triple-A games exclusively available on the PlayStation 4. A mix of late 2014 and early 2015 release dates, there's a lot to look forward to on Sony's system - not the least of which is the recently unveiled Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

LittleBigPlanet 3

Release date: November 18, 2014

There was a time when the terms "children's game" and "destined for the discount bin" were synonymous. The original LittleBigPlanet changed that. An easy-to-understand platformer similar in spirit to the original Super Mario Bros., LittleBigPlanet is a cute, fun, ephemeral adventure that will make you smile time and time again. The third game in the main series will have Sackboy - the game's crochet protagonist - teaming up with three friends to save Craftverse.

From GamesRadar's LittleBigPlanet 3 preview:

"LittleBigPlanet was one of the key new franchises for the PlayStation 3, and both it and its sequels engaged millions of players to create countless stages for the many different Sackboys to explore."

The Order: 1886

Release date: February 20, 2015

Flat out, The Order 1886 is cool. Imagine the Industrial Revolution set in a world where man and lycanthrope are at constant war and for once, man finally has the upper hand. With superior technology it's finally time for man to conquer beast, but the werewolves aren't going down without a fight.

From GamesRadar's The Order: 1886 preview:

"Alright, yes, this is probably going to become a standard for games developed specifically for next-gen consoles, but mother of GOD is The Order 1886 a beautiful looking game. The level of detail on the characters, environments, and everything in between is astonishing. Not surprising considering the developers stated they wanted to make an experience that looked as cinematic as possible."


Release date: TBA 2015

Right out of the gate, Japanese RPG developer FromSoftware was on Sony's side. The original button-breaking-out-of-sheer-frustration game Demon's Souls was a PS3 exclusive. The company's latest title, Bloodborne is going to return that soul-crushingly difficult gameplay back where it belongs, exclusively on Sony's PS4.

From GamesRadar's Bloodborne preview:

"From Software's upcoming PS4 exclusive delivers the same kind of giddy thrills as the [Dark] Souls series, with a few new twists and a spooky Victorian-era setting. But the delight of playing still comes from the same places. The suspense before each fight; the intensity of the combat; the desperate clinging to hope when things look dire; the euphoric relief that comes with finally downing your enemy. It's all here, and it's incredible."

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Release date: TBA 2015

One of the biggest surprise appearances at E3 2014 was Uncharted 4. It's too bad we know as little about Nathan Drake's final adventure into the wild green yonder as we do about the lost city of Atlantis. What we can expect, however, is another edge-of-your-seat adventure steeped in some loose world history and a quite possibly heart-breaking ending. Hey, no one said the life of an adventurer would be easy.

From GamesRadar's Uncharted 4 preview:

"Whether it's the end of Uncharted too is hard to say, especially since you wouldn't expect the final game in a franchise to be the big, shiny iteration for new gen consoles. There's still the potential for prequels, or Drake sidestepping his end, or maybe Naughty Dog's getting sneaky on us and 'thief' refers to someone else entirely. It's hard to say just yet, and we might not know until we play through it ourselves."


Tech Specs

Product TypeGaming Console
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Product FamilyPlayStation 4
Gaming Controller ConnectivityWireless
Brand NameSony
Input Device TypeGame Pad
Processor CoreOcta-core (8 Core)
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Height53 mm
Width275 mm
Depth305 mm
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NamePlayStation 4 Gaming Console
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeJaguar
Product LinePlayStation 4
Manufacturer Part NumberPS410034
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationPlayStation 4: The Best Place to Play

The PlayStation 4 system is the best place to play with dynamic, connected gaming, powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second-screen features. Combining unparalleled content, immersive gaming experiences, all of your favorite digital entertainment apps, and PlayStation exclusives, the PS4 system focuses on the gamers.
Weight (Approximate)2.80 kg