So this is it, then. The next generation of gaming. The platform that will no doubt ignite controversy, admiration, and, of course, the inevitable fanboy wars. So let’s have a good old gander, shall we?
When you take your first look at the PS4, it brings to mind much less a games console than a stealth bomber. With its sleek black finish and futuristic light bar slicing through it like a razor, it certainly upholds the prospect of cut-throat performance.
But never judge a book by its cover, right? Well, in this case, wrong. The PlayStation 4 packs some serious, heavyweight punch. With eight cores, and 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM (that is to say, a lot), and capable of running games at 60fps (as smooth as butter), the PlayStation betters its counterpart, the Xbox One, in every technical respect. And developers know it, too: many games, such as the ever-popular Call Of Duty, run at better graphical resolutions on the PS4 than the Xbox.
To further solidify the PS4’s claim to the gaming throne, there are numerous streaming and sharing features which the console packs under its jet-black bonnet. So, to set the scene, you’re casually playing FIFA when you pummel a 30-yard screamer into the back of the net, as the chosen Arsenal goalie only belatedly realises what he’s there for. And then, you think to yourself, I wish I could show all my friends. In previous times you could only have imagined doing this. But now, guess what? You can gain said friends’ respect. You see, your PS4 is always recording the last 15 minutes of your gameplay (and no, to those budding Assanges out there, this isn’t some government plot).
But what is a good console without any good games, I hear you shout in indignation? Well, PS4 has plenty of those, too. Those leading the pile include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassin’s Creed 4 and the evergreen FIFA. In their various ways, they show off the three main styles of modern gaming.