Sony PlayStation 4

The Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) was released in November 2014 as part of the 8th generation of games consoles, competing with the Nintendo Switch and the Microsoft Xbox One. The PS4 is the worlds 4th best selling home console.

The PS4 supports Blu-ray and DVD playback, including 3D Blu-ray. The console places an increased emphasis on social interaction and integration with other devices and services such as community creation, media sharing, live streaming and share play ability.

The Playstation’s controller, the DualShock 4, was also redesigned and improved over the PlayStation 3, with improved buttons and analog sticks, and an integrated touchpad capable of detecting up to two simultaneous touch presses among other changes.

I purchased the PS4 quite early in its lifespan when there wasn’t a great deal of games for the platform just yet. However that changed quite rapidly and the 2 games that would ultimately take over a large portion of my time with the console was Grand Theft Auto 5 and Rocket League. I would play GTA pretty much every night with 3 of my friends and really enjoyed my time with it. The various console exclusives on the PS4 kept my interest up. Uncharted 4, The Last Of Us, Until Dawn and Days Gone are just a few of my favorite games for the console.

The console itself isn’t much to look at it’s essentially an ugly slab of plastic, it’s strange slanted, angular body certainly makes a bold impact. The angles of the console make things unnecessarily difficult as it obscures visibility for cable connection in the back. As with the Xbox One, the PS4 also has a touch sensitive button on the front face which is all too easily pushed and if that occurs, it’s a few minute wait before you can finally turn the console back off without damaging anything due to the PS4’s software file system.

The controller is all but perfect, and a huge improvement on the PS3’s Dualshock 3 pad. It now feels less than a toy and has a slightly larger size and is heavier which help give the controller a more premium feel. As we near the end of the PS4’s life, I still feel like the touchpad on the pad was more of a gimmick rather than a useful touch input and was under utilized by the games and software. I think it was a misstep by Sony and I hope in the next generation if the controller features a touchpad, it is more useful. But I would rather just have a couple more buttons on the controller rather that a large touchpad taking up a lot of real-estate.

My PS4 is certainly showing it’s age, the fan is very loud while playing any game realesed in the latter part of the PS4’s life. Also the disk tray is temperemental when it comes to feeding in or releasing the game disk. I want to eventually replace this console with the PS4 Pro.

Price paid – £144

Owned Games –

  • Adventure Time
  • Alien Isolation : Ripley Edition
  • Assassins Creed : Unity
  • Batman : Arkham Knight
  • Battleborn
  • Battlefied 1
  • Battlefield 4
  • Bravo Team
  • Call Of Duty : Advanced Warfare
  • Call Of Duty : Black Ops 3
  • Call Of Duty : Infinite Warfare
  • Call Of Duty WW2
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Cartoon Network : Battle Crashers
  • Days Gone
  • Destiny
  • Destiny 2
  • Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls
  • Doom
  • Doom VFR
  • Driveclub
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Farcry: New Dawn
  • Fifa 17
  • Fifa 18
  • Fifa 19
  • Firewall: Zero Hour
  • Friday The 13th: The Game
  • Ghost Recon : Wildlands
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • God Of War
  • Gran Turismo: Sport
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Hitman 2
  • Hitman: Steelbook Edition
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Lego : Jurassic World
  • Lego : Worlds
  • Lego Avengers
  • Lego City : Undercover
  • Metal Gear Solid 5 : Ground Zeros
  • Metal Gear Solid 5 : The Phantom Pain
  • Minecraft : PlayStation 4 Edition
  • Minecraft Story Mode
  • Minecraft Story Mode : Season 2
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Mortal Kombat XL
  • Murdered : Soul Suspect
  • MXGP2
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Plants vs Zombies GW2
  • Playstation VR Demo Disc
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Resident Evil: Origins Collection
  • Rise Of The Tomb Raider
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • Sega Mega Drive Classics
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  • The Division
  • The Division 2
  • The Evil Within
  • The Evil Within 2
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last Of Us : Remastered
  • The Order : 1886
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Thief
  • Titanfall 2
  • Tomb Raider : Definitive Collection
  • Uncharted : The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Uncharted 4 : A Thief’s End
  • Until Dawn
  • Watch Dogs
  • Watch Dogs 2