The PS4 launched in the US two weeks ago and is now available in the UK. Reviews have been largely favourable with the big tech and gaming sites agreeing that it is a great console with a well designed controller that will be excellent for gaming once more games become available. The PlayStation 4 is now available in the UK for £349. Most retailers no longer have any in stock and Amazon clearly state that if pre-orders were placed after 14 November units will be shipped after Christmas.
“Right now it’s a fast, powerful console with a great controller and a mostly useful interface — and though there are plenty of bugs and quirks, the only real problem right now is that there’s not a single game that will make anyone leap off their couch to buy a console.
What Sony’s done, though, is mark its territory. Stake its claim. Sony’s not making big, grand gestures about the future of the living room the way Microsoft is, or attempting to alter the way we watch TV and talk to our families. It just wants us to play games. The PlayStation 4 is absolutely, unequivocally a gaming console for people who want to play video games, and it never pretends to be anything else. And even though the games aren’t yet there for Sony — as is really always true with launch titles for consoles — they will be. Sony’s earned the benefit of the doubt on that.
For right now, though, there’s little incentive to spend $399 on a PlayStation 4. Not only are there few games worth the price of admission, the vast library of PS3 games is more compelling than anything the PS4 currently offers. If you’re desperate for a new console, rest assured that eventually the PS4 will be one; it has plenty of power, a great controller, and a lot of good ideas about how we can play games better and how we can play them together. But for right now, they’re mostly still just ideas.”
Well, it leaves us at the beginning—a messy beginning for a system that’s liable to grow and change a lot over the next few years. The PlayStation 4 has an excellent controller, decently powerful hardware, some intriguing, well-executed new features, and an interface that shows belated acknowledgement of some of Sony’s most user-unfriendly past designs. It also has a lot of features that are half-assed, missing, or downright bewildering at this point. Still, overall, it’s a good starting point for a system that’s meant to last a long time.
We’ll say it again: the PlayStation 4 is a great piece of hardware. It’s fast, attractively built and has a streamlined philosophy that puts games front and center and has helped it achieved a relatively attractive price point.
It’s also in its infancy. It’s worth owning, but not worth rushing to the stores for. It’s only going to get better, when the truly next-gen titles start to arrive, when more streaming media apps are available, when its own media services gain stability and Sony patches in that much needed media playback support. Maybe it’ll even clean up the What’s New feed.
We really enjoyed our time testing the system, but as far as the games go, we failed to find a truly standout title. We’re still waiting for the game that makes us say “yes, this is why you buy a PlayStation 4.”