Sony PlayStation 4 Review

Momentum at Launch

The PlayStation 4 came into its launch with a good deal of momentum. Though it took several years after its launch, the PlayStation 3 finally overtook its competition to seize first place in the previous generation's console wars just before the PS4's release. Meanwhile, the Xbox One was facing several critiques for design choices, and the Wii U was off to a poor start, having been released one year earlier.

That momentum paid off in a big way upon the system's release, as it sold more than a million units within 24 hours, and has since sold 5 million more, giving it a firm early lead in the current console generation.

Current and Upcoming Games

The PS4 featured a solid, if unspectacular list of launch titles. Included were the usual sports games released around that time of year (the latest FIFA, NBA, and Madden titles), Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassin's Creed 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Battlefield 4. The releases were few and far between after the launch, but are beginning to pick up heading into the second quarter of 2014. Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, and Infamous: Second Son will see release before the end of March, while the remainder of 2014 will see such major releases as Driveclub, Kingdom Under Fire 2, MLB 14 The Show, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Crew, and The Elder Scrolls Online.

Several other major releases are planned for the coming years including Final Fantasy 15, Kingdom Hearts 3, Mirror's Edge 2, a new Uncharted game, The Witcher 3, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Whore of the Orient.

Future Prospects

While it's still early, the PlayStation 4 seems well positioned to win the current console generation. They are poised to receive much greater third-party support than they did in the previous generation, have arguably the most powerful console at a cheaper price point than their major competitor the Xbox One, and have a potentially ground breaking feature in the form of Remote Play, in which virtually every PS4 game will be able to be played remotely on a PlayStation Vita. That could prove to be immensely popular with gamers, and all the difference between which multi-platform version of a game to buy. Sony is also in the process of creating their own virtual reality headset for the device, something that neither Microsoft or Nintendo have yet announced.

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