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Sony PlayStation 4

Sony PlayStation 4

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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The PlayStation 4 has always focused on doing one thing incredibly well: playing video games. Two and a half years after hitting store shelves, a few unforeseeable issues have cropped up, but the PS4 is still the best console experience money can buy.

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Pros
  • Navigating the UI feels fast and intuitive
  • Tons of great exclusive games
  • Compact size makes the console surprisingly portable
Cons
  • Gamepad battery life is still short
  • WiFi speeds can be frustratingly slow
  • System storage interface can be problematic and inaccurate
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

86
 

User Reviews

20
TheHonestSeal
Owning a PS4 for two years I have no problem when I say the machine is a f*****...read more
100
stefangadget
Blows the Xbox 1 out of the water. Great console, sweet form factor; couldn't...read more
90
JCooL0
when i play a game it makes to much noise, and I know that is with all PS4 consoles....read more
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Score Breakdown

 
84
Average user Score
 
20
TheHonestSeal
04.21.17
Owning a PS4 for two years I have no problem when I say the machine is a f***** piece of trash and an awful mess. Let me share my grievances with the product. The fan and how it blasts out like a jet engine no matter where I put the PS4 really annoys the hell out of me and everyone in the household and will never shut it's self off unless I don't play for 30 minutes and when I do resume it will start back up in seconds I NEVER experienced something like this on PS3. Next I absolutely despise limitations Sony has put on popular games like Fallout 4 that could have made it a thousand times better. As soon as I got my console the power button was broken due to the garbage touchscreen design. Don't even bother trying to make it better I had completely broken my PS4 controller trying to take it apart to fix a sticky trigger and to my surprise the springs were impossible to put back once they fell and It didn't even work at all when I put everything back together. I tried the same for the console and now it is unplayable an atrocious audio shudder as well as delayed buttons plagues my experience it constantly takes me out of the action when I hear an irritating muffled sound play completely dissapear come back and go away once again. I can't even seem to hold my controller in a comfortable position because I will experience this issue even when moving 1 foot away oh and also, It slows down the buttons functions and causes me to not be able to press a button or intitate an event in my video game as soon as I wan't to and delays it by 5 seconds, this is a gamers worse nightmare. My final regret about purchasing it is the cables at the back while the PS3 actually seemed capable of securing the cord the PS4 has a loose grip and the cable will fall to the ground and shut the console off after a light pull it is also annoying to try and put back on and I often find myself holding onto the cable and moving back the machine back to it's normal position. I can't even get a decent experience out of my console which has led me to hate it and I know it isn't like that for everyone but unfortunately the amount of frustration just won't stop for me and no information I can find online has lead to any solutions. When I try solving a problem it just ends up creating an even worse one. I hate Sony and I hate the PS4 coming from a Playstation gamer.
 
100
stefangadget
01.21.16
Blows the Xbox 1 out of the water. Great console, sweet form factor; couldn't ask for more.
 
90
JCooL0
11.06.15
when i play a game it makes to much noise, and I know that is with all PS4 consoles. because I check that on my cousin´s ps4
 
100
ohyeahpaulchin
09.07.15
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
NewbieOKS
08.08.15
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
cchadwick00
05.02.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Firetail
01.12.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
8thlight
01.11.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
s3nnh3is3r
12.31.14
Competes with Xbox one rather well, but it isn't better or worse, PS4 has some amazing graphics
 
70
mitulpateal
12.10.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget

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