The Sony PlayStation 4 is a next-gen games console that also very effectively doubles up as an internet set top box and Blu-ray player. The price tag is quite high but this is an incredible, feature-heavy piece of kit and a true all-in-one home entertainment system.
The PS4 is ‘Mohammed Ali’ to the Xbox’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier’. Both are incredible and pack serious power but Sony’s machine is sleeker, and looks just that little bit better. With its powerful AMD 64-bit 8-Core "Jaguar" processor and AMD Radeon graphics engine, the PS4 takes gaming to a whole new level. While Microsoft may have a few exclusive games PS4 users shouldn’t feel too left out, as Sony has lined up plenty of exclusive releases of its own (including Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4, and Killzone).
Built-in Ethernet and Wi-Fi enable you to not only experience the extraordinarily broad and immersive world of online gaming, but you can also watch the likes of Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO, DRTV, YouTube and many others – including 4K programmes. The 1TB hard drive gives you plenty of space for downloading games, movies, music and other content. The Blu-ray and DVD player perform admirably – with a highly satisfying picture quality. Unfortunately 4K Blu-ray isn’t supported yet, and it’s a rare area where the Xbox One has stolen a march.
To interact with your PS4 there is the marvellous DualShock 4 wireless controller, which you can recharge with the supplied USB cable. The DualShock’s two analogue sticks give you fantastic precision control, while a built-in speaker in the controller is a nice little bit of attention to detail. For the uninitiated it may take a while learning how to use the controller for accessing your set top box and Blu-ray features. Overall this is a sexy piece of kit that truly is the future of home entertainment.
Why you should buy it: There isn’t a better games console in the UK today and with the Playstation’s ability to connect online for on-demand TV and play Blu-ray discs, Sony can truly lay claim to having the superlative all-in-one home entertainment system.
|Product name||PlayStation 4 1TB - Ultimate Player Edition|
|Included Accessories||1 Gamepad|
|Multiplayer Support||Local, Online|
|Console Linking||Via Built In Wi-Fi, Via Ethernet Crossover Cable, Via Local Area Network (LAN)|
|VR/AR Compatibility||PlayStation VR|
|Support for Remote Control||Yes|
|Wireless Controller Support||4|
|Wireless Controller Interface||Bluetooth|
|Wired Controller Support||2|
|Wired Controller Port||USB|
|Available Internet Services||VEVO, Netflix, Now TV, Animax, BBC Sport, WWE, Twitch, Dailymotion, BBC iPlayer, Plex, MUBI, Spotify, Demand 5, All 4, Playstation Plus, BBC News, Youtube, Amazon Video, Web Browser, PlayMemories, TV From Sky, Qello, Crunchyroll|
|Processor||x86-64 AMD Jaguar 8 cores|
|Clock Speed||1.6 Hz|
|Media Type||DVD, Blu-Ray|
|Wi-Fi||802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g|
|USB||2 USB 3.0/3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A|
|Number of USB Connectors||2|
|Digital Optical Out||Yes|
|Digital Optical In||No|
|Number of Displays||0|
|Video Format||576p, 720p (HD Ready), 480p, 1080p (Full HD)|
|Headphone Jack||On Gamepad|
|Audio Format||Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, DTS 5.1, DTS ES, DTS:X, Bitstream, Dolby Pro Logic Iix, LPCM, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround|