The highly anticipated next-gen console from Sony has finally arrived, and gamers everywhere are trying to get their hands on one. The PlayStation 4 has taken everything you love about the PlayStation 3, made it better, and then added even more awesome features. Let’s face it: Those games we all love to play can take forever to download, and who wants to wait? With the PS4, you can download a portion of the game and start playing while the rest of your game downloads behind the scenes. Pretty sweet, right? Just wait, it gets better. The PS4 has the ability to learn your likes and dislikes, then lets you discover content pre-loaded on your console by genre or by creators. Players can also see game-related information shared by friends, view friends’ gameplay, and get information on recommended games, TV shows, and movies. Want more ways to play? Use your PS Vita with the Remote Play on your console and take your favorite games anywhere. You can also download the PlayStation App on your smartphone or tablet, and it becomes a second screen for your PS4 system. Here, you can view in-game items, purchase and download PS4 games directly to your console, or watch other gamers’ gameplay. Retailing at $399.99, your new PS4 comes with one DualShock 4 controller, has a 500 GB hard drive (and has the ability to expand), contains eight x86-64 cores, and a 1.84TFLOPS graphics processor with 8GB of GDDR5 unified system memory.
If you’re upgrading to the PlayStation 4, you just have to upgrade to the DualShock 4 controller as well. With improved dual analog sticks and trigger buttons, a two-point capacitive touch pad, a PS button, share button, options button, directional and action buttons, R1/L1/R2/L2, right stick, left stick, and touch pad buttons, along with six axis motion sensing systems, light bar, vibration, and built-in mono speaker, Sony has again taken everything we love and made it better in the next-gen. The DualShock 4 also features a USB, extension port, stereo headset jack, and a built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Of course, your PS4 comes with one DualShock 4, but if you’re playing with friends at home, you’re going to need more, so they can join in the fun.
The PlayStation Eye camera works with your PlayStation Move controller to track your movements into your game with absolute precision by accurately reading each player’s position, using head tracking for reading upper-body movement, and utilizing a zoom lens to allow for close-up or full-body options. Players can also create a lifelike avatar of themselves in certain games, use it for in-game chat and voice commands, as well as video chat with up to 6 people. This nifty little gadget isn’t just for gameplay, though. With the EyeCreate software, you can capture video, audio, and pictures, which can then be edited into a movie. Explore its many advanced features (time lapse, stop motion, color filters, and distortions, just to name a few) and create your own masterpiece.
Become a member with a PS Plus membership, and you will get access to all kinds of cool features like free hit games (with new free games added every month), full game trial, exclusive and early access so you receive priority access to selected betas and demos, online game saves with 1GB of storage on the PlayStation Network, allowing you to load game save data from your games played on other systems, automatic updates, and exclusive discounts of up to 75% in the PlayStation store. Also, one membership works across PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems, which is good, since you have to have a PS Plus membership if you want to play online on your PS4. There are 3 options available for purchasing a membership: 1 month, 3 months, or 12 months. A 1 month membership will cost you $9.99; a 3 month member ship will cost you $17.99 (that’s about $6 a month), and the 12 month membership will cost you $49.99 (that’s a little over $4 a month).