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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).

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Engadget

86
 

User Reviews

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Levi
PS4 f****** blow there is no reason anyone should have to wait an entire day...read more
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
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
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Engadget
The PS4 Eye works efficiently and interestingly in tandem with the new controller, and the console loaded demos quickly and without pause.
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Gizmodo
Is it possible to be striking and understated at the same time? The PS4 might be just that. Though the early jokes had pointed it as just being an italicized Xbox One, the sharp angles of the rhombus add a lot more character in real life than they do in pictures.
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Stuff
It might not be the sleekest or sexiest console design ever seen, but at least the PS4 looks as though it's actually been designed – which is more than can be said for the VCR-like slab that is the Xbox One.
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Wired UK
The PS4 console itself strongly resembles the PlayStation 2, aesthetically at least. It's a bit smaller than the Xbox One, with a footprint similar to the PlayStation 3.
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T3
While it's far too early to reach any genuine conclusions on the PS4, what with all games way off completion, few actually playable, the UI and Share features yet to be shown off and the full hardware setup hidden from view, the controller and the implementation of new technology bodes well.
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TrustedReviews
A better initial software line-up, the more powerful specification and the more relaxed approach to used and borrowed games is likely to give PS4 some impetus with hardcore gamers and early adopters.
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Pocket-Lint
From our time with the console, playing games, and talking to Sony it is clear the focus here is very much about delivering a state of the art games machine and trying to deliver as many games as possible to those who aren't fussed with anything but.
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TechRadar
With its cheaper price point and less restrictive DRM policies, the PS4 already seems to have the Xbox One on the run. We still think it would be naive to consider Microsoft's system down for the count, though.
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Pocket-Lint
What we love though, is the way the ports and Blu-ray disc slot just vanish into the machine. If you look at the PS4 on its own, it really looks like it has no connections, everything is just so well designed into the case... speaking of controllers, the redesigned version that comes with the PS4 is actually a big improvement.
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Engadget
If you've been faithfully following gaming news all year, then you won't find many surprises inside the PS4 box. There's just a mono headset, AC power cord, micro-USB cable and DualShock 4 controller to accompany the system.

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