PlayStation 4: first reviews for Sony’s next gen system have arrived

Wednesday, 13th November 2013 14:01 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

PlayStation 4 lands in North America this Friday, November 15, and reviews for Sony’s latest have arrived online. We’ve scoured the Internet for you, and pulled everything into one handy spot. Hit up the break for all the scores.

As usual, we will be adding more links as they come in, so please be patient. If you know of a review we may miss during our search, feel free to post it in the comments section. You should also see our own early impressions of the PS4.

PS4 releases in Europe on November 29.

For more PS4 coverage, see our Killzone: Shadow Fall reviews round up, Knack reviews round up, Resogun reviews round up, and hands-on impressions of the hardware.



  1. Fin

    From Kotaku:

    “We’ve reacted to the news that all games must be installed and tested how long it takes to have to wait to play a 20 or 30GB game after the first time you put its disc in the machine. Good news: only about 30 seconds.”

    #1 1 year ago
  2. dontbescaredhomie92

    “But the PlayStation 4′s focus on gaming — and only gaming — is undermined by a distinct lack of compelling software. That failing is sure to improve — better games and more of them will appear on the PlayStation 4 — but right now, this is a game console without a game to recommend it.”

    And this is the exact reason why I’ll not buy one until then.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. TrickyAudio

    Yeah apparently the install process is ALOT better than everyone was fearing. I’ll need to buy a new HDD within a year or two though.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Obernox

    @2Basically every launch console issue.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. dontbescaredhomie92

    @4 the X1 seems to be doing more than fine.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    I think they really needed an Uncharted quality game. They relied too much on 3rd parties that have most their games on previous gen systems & PC not to mention the upcoming rival.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    Sony didn’t really need ANY games on launch! :)

    People are so hyped up, they have practically got by on minimal average exclusives and people are still going bonkers for the system.

    Thats quite good for them in a way as it allows pacing for 2014 (Drive Club / ISS etc…)

    Not so great for early adapoters though innit.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Francis O

    I would say the Xbox One has some of the most unique titles.

    Ryse is a pile of crap, I’ve played it.
    Dead Rising 3 is good
    Crimson Dragon is good
    Forza is good

    But the main problem with the Xbox One is the cost, and all the damn season passes. $20 a pop to get Forza or Ryse full content.

    Its a rip off.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Phoenixblight


    Dead Rising was the only game that seemed interesting to me and if people are going off launch titles alone Xbox One would be the system to get. But over this year Xbox One will just be pushing out the same 3rd party stuff that will be available on all platforms.

    #9 1 year ago

    Looking at a whole bunch of those reviews, it looks like PS4 is pretty underwhelming to many of the reviewers, right now.

    I didn’t want to speculate on the PS4 UI or PSN until I got the kind of information that they’re giving out now, but it looks like many of my suspicions have been confirmed, and Sony is once again providing a UI that’s lacking on really basic features, like the ability to sort (by anything!).

    Other reviewers’ tales of freezing, dropping out, and error messages don’t help it either.

    Now all I’m looking out for is info on actual online gameplay quality. It remains to be seen whether or not the PS4 can offer the sort of experience that the Microsoft and their ton of free (to developers) dedicated servers are looking to provide.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Clupula

    The XB1 has more launch titles that I’d like to play…meaning a grand total of one: Dead Rising 3. Nothing else on either of the systems is interesting to me until Infamous: Second Son comes out.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. salarta

    @8: And we all pretty much knew Ryse would be crap the moment we saw it. It’s the typical “try to make a Hollywood film but require some button presses so it counts as a game” angle. And yeah, even if games are intriguing, there are still issues of price and policy that easily interfere. People may want a Segway, but they’re not going to pay thousands for one, for example.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. sebastien rivas

    Those are as unique as any console do exclusives, after it is all in the eye of the beholder what s/he likes/prefer/can’t live without.

    I must say 20 bucks for a game you don’t own is outrageous. Knowing ytou don’t own it and your gameplay is timed is not welcoming at all.
    I would rather wait a year or 2 and get the game at reduced price pre-owned or new!

    #13 1 year ago
  14. DrDamn

    “Sony is once again providing a UI that’s lacking on really basic features, like the ability to sort (by anything!).”

    Errr I group and sort my game collection on PS3 nicely – what were you wanting to do?

    “Microsoft and their ton of free (to developers) dedicated servers”

    Free-ish apparently.

    #14 1 year ago

    One of the reviews mentioned that you can’t even sort your list of games on PS4.

    Maybe you can do this on PS3, but then not being able to do it on PS4 makes it even more of a silly decision.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. sebastien rivas

    @14 and @15

    This is silly, I am sure Sony is already aware of this and will update their machine to provide sorting functions. It does not make sense to block out this basic function that helps in better experience of the machine and so of the brand.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Fin

    If there’s one thing I want from my nextgen console, it’s being able to rearrange stuff….not 1080p/60 :p

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    Yeah UI’s never been Sony’s strong point – the X1′s is certainly better. Just hope they’ve architected the OS in such a way that they can upgrade it in the future, unlike PS3.

    #17 1 year ago

    Nah, that was just the first example that I thought of from the things that they mentioned in the reviews.

    I just got really frustrated with the PS3 because I couldn’t do basic things that I could do on XBL. Sony seem to have done a lot of stuff for the PS4 that XBL currently does, but they’ve still not done other, basic, things according to those reviews.

    Will what they have done be enough for me, as someone who uses the UI frequently when gaming, if XBL 2.0 has moved on again?


    But I’m not convinced, yet. And the current reviews don’t help its cause.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. OlderGamer

    Pretty much what I have been anticipating. It is going to be the same thing from the Xbox One I think. Very little here to get excited about owning this system right now.

    Biggest barrier to WiiU, PS4 or X1 is going to be the current gen(ps360). I recall having a hella collection of PSX games, but never the less jumping head first into PS2 and enjoying the experience(at launch). I am not seeing any games worthy of validating, let alone purchasing a next gen system.




    …still waiting….

    #19 1 year ago
  20. junguler

    thanks for the post, i really want to know vg247 staff opinions aswell, gonna get one regardless, it’s sad it wont be in my country untill mid-december

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Obernox

    I can totally see the sort issue being patched eventually.
    @5 not from where i’m standing, just Crimson Dragon catches my interest. PS4 is no different though, Resogun is the only appealing game on launch.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Nephilimator

    wow pwn3d xbone with no games how bad xbox is?

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Junior

    I am reading Digital Foundry review and the complaints (negatives) about the system are ridiculous.

    -it is hdmi only.
    -power and reset buttons are not physical. They are touch sensitive.
    -might overheat because it is small


    #23 1 year ago
  24. Nephilimator

    @23 mad cause sony beat ms and xbone sucks nuclear reactor juice to run shit camera to watch soap opera during nighttime parties

    #24 1 year ago
  25. digmouse

    @23 the third concern is actually pretty legit since 8GB of GDDR5 packs a punch in heating.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Phoenixblight


    Its still doesn’t make sense to take away points because it “may” have heating issues even though its still relatively cool when playing games.

    Its grasping straws on all the other points.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. absolutezero

    Cancelled Knack, buying Phoenix Wright instead.


    #27 1 year ago
  28. Cort


    Launch date – 29 November
    Amazon rank – #1

    XBox One:

    Launch date – 22 November
    Amazon rank – #10

    Looks like the perceived lack of a decent launch-game line-up for Sony’s box isn’t negatively influencing consumer choice in their favour.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. polygem

    @27: i decided to mix things up as well. killzone and link between worlds for me :)

    #29 1 year ago
  30. yeoung

    @21: Warframe and Planetside look pretty good though, haven’t played either game on pc yet. Reckon I’ll give Contrast a go as well. I think people are underestimating the amount of indie games that have yet to be announced for sometime early next year.

    2014 does look more promising though, with Infamous, Kingdom under Fire, MGS 5, FFXV, Witcher 3, that LoTR game and Yakuza Isshin among others. Then there’s still interesting stuff like Rime and The Witness. It might take half a year for the PS4 to get a decent selection, but the launch window is always like that. Not worried.

    #30 1 year ago

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