PlayStation 4 Review

March 7, 2018
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PlayStation 4 Review

PlayStation 4 is arguably one of the best VR systems on the market and it comes with the best VR headset and the DualShock controller, which many gamers feel is one of the greatest controllers Sony has produced to date. But what makes this platform a better option for some gamers is its sheer versatility. Loyal PS4 fans can choose from a wide selection of the best adult VR games or regular PS4 games, switching from regular gaming mode to virtual reality gameplay whenever the mood strikes. The system is also priced more affordable, compared to the Dell Aurora Alienware gaming PC, making it a better option for new gamers interested in testing the virtual reality waters.

Overview and Features

The PlayStation 4 is equipped with HDMI and optical ports that are digital only, so you won’t find any video or analog audio outputs.

The gaming console can broadcast all audio via the mic/audio jack located on the included controller. The controller is compatible with all types of headsets and headphones, with the use of a 1/8-inch audio adapter. Just keep in mind that by enabling audio output on the controller, this will disable audio for all of the optical and HDMI ports.

In terms of design, PlayStation has come a long way. The PS4 features a half-matte half-glass exterior, with a sleek, sharp design that’s very modern. Compact and eye-catching, the new and improved PlayStation looks more like a DVD player than the bulky gaming console of the past.

Online Gaming

Aside from a new design, PS4 also offers improved online gaming. Now, you can instantly join a friend’s game just as long as you’ve added them to your friend list. There’s also a fun party chat feature that you can use to speak to up to eight friends, thus totally avoiding the distracting audio that comes from talking in the public lobby. This newer platform also allows you to add up to two thousand friends to your friends list, however, the ability to organize your friends list seems to have been an oversight.

 System Performance

The system offers faster downloads compared to PlayStation 3, not to mention smoother gameplay and seamless streaming. However, if you’re new to this gaming platform, then you may find that the user interface isn’t as intuitive as you’d like, making it difficult to navigate the many menus and vague iconography.

Virtual Reality Mode

The PlayStation virtual reality headset uses just a single 1080P 5.7-inch OLED screen, which is pretty low compared to the Oculus Rift, which delivers an impressive 2160×1200 res. The lower OLED quality can cause some screen jags at times, and in low light conditions, you may even experience the dreaded screen door effect. However, in optimal lighting conditions, the PlayStation virtual reality headset offers a gaming experience that can even rival Oculus.

When you switch to VR mode on your PS4, you’ll notice impressive details and vivid colors.

In fact, PS4 does what Rift can’t, and that’s its ability to render games at 90 Hz and 120 Hz. The result is a more comfortable, smoother virtual reality gaming experience.

If you still want to use the PSVR headset for your regular games, you can. Simply switch the console to cinematic mode.

PlayStation has perfected virtual reality gaming like other VR platforms haven’t. You won’t experience motion sickness like you can with competing headsets, such as the Google Daydream View.

Pros

  • PS4 is a more affordable option for VR gameplay
  • More game titles available compared to competing consoles
  • Comfortable headset
  • Top of the line DualShock controller offers seamless gameplay
  • Faster download times
  • No worry of VR motion sickness
  • Play games in regular mode or VR mode
  • Very versatile

Cons

  • The user interface can be difficult to navigate for beginners
  • No way to organize friends in friends list
  • The dedicated power supply must be unplugged in order to fully power down.
  • The console doesn’t come equipped with enough USB ports to charge all controllers.

 

PlayStation 4 is arguably one of the best VR systems on the market and it comes with the best VR headset and the DualShock controller, which many gamers feel is one of the greatest controllers Sony has produced to date. But what makes this platform a better option for some gamers is its sheer versatility. Loyal PS4 fans can choose from a wide selection of the best adult VR games or regular PS4 games, switching from regular gaming mode to virtual reality gameplay whenever the mood strikes. The system is also priced more affordable, compared to the Dell Aurora Alienware gaming PC, making it a better option for new gamers interested in testing the virtual reality waters. Overview and Features The PlayStation 4 is equipped with HDMI and optical ports that are digital only, so you won’t find any video or analog audio outputs. The gaming console can broadcast all audio via the mic/audio jack located on the included controller. The controller is compatible with all types of headsets and headphones, with the use of a 1/8-inch audio adapter. Just keep in mind that by enabling audio output on the controller, this will disable audio for all of the optical and HDMI ports. In terms of design, PlayStation has come a long way. The PS4 features a half-matte half-glass exterior, with a sleek, sharp design that’s very modern. Compact and eye-catching, the new and improved PlayStation looks more like a DVD player than the bulky gaming console of the past. Online Gaming Aside from a new design, PS4 also offers improved online gaming. Now, you can instantly join a friend’s game just as long as you’ve added them to your friend list. There’s also a fun party chat feature that you can use to speak to up to eight friends, thus totally avoiding the distracting audio that comes from talking in the public lobby. This newer platform also allows you to add up to two thousand friends to your friends list, however, the ability to organize your friends list seems to have been an oversight.  System Performance The system offers faster downloads compared to PlayStation 3, not to mention smoother gameplay and seamless streaming. However, if you’re new to this gaming platform, then you may find that the user interface isn’t as intuitive as you’d like, making it difficult to navigate the many menus and vague iconography. Virtual Reality Mode The PlayStation virtual reality headset uses just a single 1080P 5.7-inch OLED screen, which is pretty low compared to the Oculus Rift, which delivers an impressive 2160x1200 res. The lower OLED quality can cause some screen jags at times, and in low light conditions, you may even experience the dreaded screen door effect. However, in optimal lighting conditions, the PlayStation virtual reality headset offers a gaming experience that can even rival Oculus. When you switch to VR mode on your PS4, you’ll notice impressive details and vivid colors. In fact, PS4 does what Rift can’t, and that’s its…

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Conclusion and Rating

The PlayStation 4 is a very versatile gaming console that offers the best of both worlds. Enjoy regular gaming or switch over to virtual reality mode using the DualShock controller and the compatible PSVR headset for an immersive gaming experience that you won’t find with other gaming consoles. Despite its more affordable price, the PS4 hangs in there, providing a more comfortable gaming experience and graphics that can rival even some of the top-selling gaming laptops and desktops on the market.  While the user interface could use some tweaking in order to make it more beginner-friendly, we feel that this console is the best buy for both beginners and advanced gamers, mainly due to the platform’s versatility, gameplay options and the incredibly comfortable headset, all of which work to make the PS4 one of the best VR systems on the market.  We gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.

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