86
Engadget
Score
86

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

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The PlayStation 4 revisited: small improvements for a solid system

Summary

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.

from $349+
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
The PlayStation 4 revisited: small improvements for a solid system

Engadget is re-reviewing the current generation of game consoles, each of which has benefited from major firmware updates, price drops and an improved selection of games. We've already revisited the Xbox One, and now it's the PlayStation 4's turn. Though we've raised the score from 83 to 86, you can still find our original PS4 review here, if you're curious to read what we said at launch.

The PlayStation 4 has outsold its closest competition, the Xbox One, for most of the time since the two systems launched in Nov. 2013. In fact, according to recently released sales figures, Sony has moved some 40 million units over the past two years. Based on the company's earnings reports, those sales have helped keep Sony afloat -- even after the console's price dropped from $400 to $350.

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Scores

Engadget

86
 

Breakdown

Game library
6.4
Graphics
9.0
Controller(s)
9.1
Design and form factor
8.6
Other features (media, online, etc.)
7.4
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Specs

PlayStation

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI
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Specs

PlayStation

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI
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