One year ago, the PlayStation 4 launched with the promise that “Greatness Awaits.” We were told of the value that the PlayStation Plus subscription service would provide, the wonderful games that lay in store, and of the exceptional graphical capabilities of the console. With a year under its belt, there is no better time to reflect on the PlayStation 4’s performance and see how it stacks up.
For many people, a console lives and dies on the games that are available. Sony’s PlayStation 4 got off to a slow enough start, but soon made up for it with exclusives such as inFamous: Second Son, The Last of Us Remastered, and the recently released LittleBigPlanet 3. These, along with multi-platform games such as Watch Dogs, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and Grand Theft Auto V, have ensured that the PlayStation 4 has had games that appeal to a variety of players throughout the year.
Sony’s early promotional endeavours focused on titles from smaller, independent developers. These developers are now proving why Sony put so much stock in them. Over the course of the year, we have been treated to some fantastic experiences, thanks to titles such as Transistor, TowerFall Ascension, and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.
It’s been quite a busy year, but it could have been even more packed. Unfortunately, some titles were pushed back. On the bright side, it means that next year’s line-up of games is already looking quite strong. 2015 will include exclusives such as Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, Silent Hills, and Uncharted 4, alongside multi-platform goodies like Batman: Arkham Knight, The Division, and Evolve.
Exclusives are usually what tip players towards one console or another, but Sony has had the upper-hand when it comes to multi-platform titles this year. The PlayStation 4 has boasted a better resolution or frame rate than the Xbox One for a number of games. Developers are managing to squeeze some additional power from the PlayStation 4’s hardware and it shows.
So far, the PlayStation 4’s graphics are exceptional and they will only get better over time as developers become more accustomed to the hardware and develop solely with these systems in mind. Games like Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us Remastered give us an idea of what to expect. But it is the likes of Uncharted 4 and The Order: 1886 that we are really looking forward to seeing in action. The trailers have already impressed, so the actual game should be a sight to behold.
PlayStation fans are already aware of the value that PlayStation Plus provides. True, this is now required if you want to play online, but in return you are also getting a number of games completely free each month. Twenty-two games have been released so far, mostly of the indie variety. More mainstream titles, including Injustice: Gods Among Us and InFamous: First Light, will be released in the very near future.
It has been quite the year for Sony with the PlayStation 4 surpassing all expectations within months of its release. Players too have had their fair share of exclusive titles and excellent multi-platform games. And it’s only going to get better from here on out. Sony will continue to update the system to add much requested features and functions, and 2015’s line-up of games has us scrutinising our budget already. Greatness is here and there’s plenty more to come.
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In Short: Sony released the PlayStation 4 console a year ago with the promise that “Greatness Awaits.” So, how has the console fared in the past year?