FOR THOSE WHO NEVER HAD A PLAYSTATION 4
I’ve been a playstation fan since the original PS2. Playstation is simply the best console for especially RPG’s. This console is simply the best incarnation of the Playstation 4 so far. It’s a super-quiet media center (Blu-rays, Netflix, Hulu, Plex). The PS4 is a big improvements from the PS3 in that multi-tasking actually exists. I can chat with my brothers in a party while watching a blu-ray or playing a game. Seriously, it’s a wonderful system.
FOR CURRENT ORIGINAL PLAYSTATION 4 OWNERS
The rest of the review is for you, current PS4 owners. I sold my original PS4 for this. Do I regret it? Not in the slightest! My big beef with the PS4 was simply how loud it got. Playing games like the Last of Us put my old PS4 into some kind of dragon fire-breathing mode. It was so loud it permeated walls and kids running around outside questioned if a hurricane had attacked the neighborhood in a frantic rage. Haha that’s a slight exaggeration, but it really was quite loud!
Wow this thing is quiet. When I first turned it on I had to make sure it was on. I seriously can’t even tell it’s on while I’m doing media and other tasks. Gameplay depending on your game can be dead silent, or you can hear a slight whirr from the fan. I can play the Last of Us without apologizing to everyone in the house now! 🙂 The blu-ray drive is also slightly quieter than *my* old PS4. I know such things vary per PS4.
The WiFi is better (supports 5GHz wifi so transfer speeds can be faster) and I get higher throughput. I can actually use it for game streaming and remote play now!
It’s quite sleek. It’s smaller than my super-slim PS3 I keep around. The Matte finish is very nice. The previous glossy panel was always scratched up is gone, along with the massive bright console status light that always annoyed me (It’s been reduced to a tiny light on the power button). The USB ports are also spaced further apart which is a nice touch. The optical output is gone, but I use HDMI CEC anyway so wasn’t a miss for me. It’s also so much lighter!
The new DualShock 4 feels a bit more grippy than the prior one. The addition of the health/light bar window at the top is a really great addition. I could never see that thing anyway while playing.
Sorry, you won’t notice any change in gameplay if you’re coming from an older PS4. I notice some titles are a bit more fluid just because I felt sometimes the fans couldn’t keep up with the heat of the system.
SHOULD YOU WAIT FOR THE PS4 PRO?
I have a 4k TV (43″) and I chose this over the Pro. $100 more for a (likely) louder console that upscales some games to 4k without a 4k blu-ray player? Not worth it to me. All I wanted was peace and quiet and am perfectly pleased with the graphical quality of the current ps4 games. It seemed like Sony didn’t really make the case for the extra investment for me.