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.

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Engadget Review

The PlayStation 4 revisited: small improvements for a solid system

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.

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
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Model

Key Specs

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

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Headset / mic

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p
Audio outputs
3.5mm stereo, via HDMI

Media

Audio playback
yes (MP3)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, MPEG-4)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG, PNG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0 (2 ports)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
Fox Edition

Key Specs

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

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Headset / mic

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p
Audio outputs
3.5mm stereo, via HDMI

Media

Audio playback
yes (MP3)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, MPEG-4)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG, PNG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0 (2 ports)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
Destiny Edition

Key Specs

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

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Headset / mic

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p
Audio outputs
3.5mm stereo, via HDMI

Media

Audio playback
yes (MP3)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, MPEG-4)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG, PNG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0 (2 ports)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
20th Anniversary Edition

Key Specs

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

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Headset / mic

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p
Audio outputs
3.5mm stereo, via HDMI

Media

Audio playback
yes (MP3)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, MPEG-4)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG, PNG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0 (2 ports)

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
20th Anniversary Edition1

Key Specs

Model
1TB

Key Specs

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

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (1000 GB)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Headset / mic

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p
Audio outputs
3.5mm stereo, via HDMI

Media

Audio playback
yes (MP3)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, MPEG-4)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG, PNG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0 (2 ports)

Power

Power adapter
Internal