If Sony was trying to make a statement with the release of its PlayStation 4 console – it did a good job. Unlike most of the rhetoric and over inflated pre-game smack talk, the PS4 appears to have delivered on its claims and is the most powerful console on the market. It has seen another overhaul of its exterior and some major design modifications to its Dual Shock controller. In addition, it has expanded the memory and vastly increased the performance of its processors. These upgrades are clearly apparent and the PS4 delivers stunning HD graphics that run seamless and lightning fast.
With some nicely equipped exclusive offerte ps4 titles, streaming access, and multiplayer capabilities, PlayStation enthusiast will most likely greet the newest arrival with open arms. Not to mention the price for this console runs around $100 less than its ardent rival – the Xbox One. A it stands today, the PS4 has made quite an entrance.
The PS4 has a single-chip processor that combines an eight core x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” CPU with a 1.84 teraflop GPU. It’s supported with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and has a 500GB mechanical hard drive. Sony boasts that its new hardware allows it to perform ten times better than the latter PS3. That’s quite an impressive feat.
Another nice touch is the fact that the PS4 comes with a 500GB drive. This extra space helps when downloading movies and games from the PlayStation market. If you ever feel pressed for space, don’t worry, because the hard drive can also be upgraded by do-it-yourselfers without voiding the warranty.
The HD graphics of the PS4 are stunning and the consoles responsiveness is presently unmatched. What’s even more impressive is the fact that this machine can perform at such a high end level without sounding like a jet on a runway or overheating. Not to mention, the entire power supply is encased inside the unit; as opposed to the Xbox One which still has it attached to the external power cord in attempt to save space inside the console.
The PS4 comes in the same half matte black and half gloss exterior as the Xbox One. Even still, it has a completely different appearance. That’s because the PS4 sports a slim and sleek design and doesn’t look like an oversized VCR from the mid 80’s. I’m not saying the Xbox one is the ugly step-sister out of the bunch, but it probably wouldn’t get asked to the prom if the PS3 was available and willing. Now then, for all of you who just got offended by such a superficial statement, I am well aware that mother always said, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” And in that regard, I assure you, the PS4 would still be the first one asked to a dance.
Games purchased from the PlayStation Store are downloaded straight onto the hard drive and there’s no need to worry about the disc being lost or scratched. The only negative, is the fact that downloaded titles can’t be borrowed out for the weekend or traded in for credit at your local gaming store. As this form of purchasing games becomes more popular, stores like GameStop and other game trading retailers might be taking a hit – that or a seat next to Blockbuster in “Reminiscence Park.”
The new PS4 Dual Shock 4 has seen some physical changes that cause it to stand out a bit from its earlier counterpart. Some of the more notable changes pertain to the analog sticks; which have been slightly spaced out a bit further to avoid thumb collisions. They have also been designed with recessed tops and covered with a rubber coating to make gripping enhanced. The Dual Shock 4 also comes with an external speaker and headphone jack for your headset, just be aware, it can only output in stereo from the controllers connection – nonetheless, a nice touch. I would say that one of the nicest design features of the Dual Shock 4 is the metallic touchpad on the face of the controller. It operates the same as a laptop touchpad and is extremely smooth and responsive.