Jesse Gollubier, Cactus Writer

The next generation is here. The PS4 and Xbox One are the newest consoles released by Sony and Microsoft respectively. I will be reviewing the 500GB PS4. What you get in the box is: the console, a dualshock 4 controller, a charging cable for the controller, an HDMI cable, and an earbud microphone.
The PS4 costs about $400 at base and can cost anywhere up to $700 for bundles.
The graphics for the console are made for 1080p, which is the best quality except for the recent 4K. The games I have played have looked pristine and smooth and just overall very nice. The downside with this is that games take up massive amounts of space on the hard drive. For example; GTA 5 at a minimum takes up 55GB of space, so that is already over 1/10th of the space on the hard drive.
You may also download apps such as Youtube or Netflix, and the PS4 also has an onboard browser. You can switch games very easily, in fact it takes just under 30 seconds to go from being in the middle of a match to being at the main menu of a completely different game.

One aspect of the PS4 is that the hard drive is merely a laptop SATA drive, so you can purchase a hard drive with over 2 Terabytes of space. The swapping process is easy, but anything you have downloaded will not be transferable, so you will have to download it all again.

The PS4 has a new feature called “Rest Mode”. In this mode the PS4 goes into a low power state where it can charge your controller and download whatever you may have downloading. Another new feature is “Share Play”. With this feature the host of a party may share their gameplay footage live with the rest of the party. This is only the tip of the iceberg though as the host may also give the controller to another person and they can play the game as the host even though they may not own it. With this aspect of Share Play you can also play 2 player by giving a second controller. The only way to take advantage of these 2 features however is to be a Playstation Plus member, which is Sony’s subscription service priced at $50 a year. You can also broadcast your gameplay via TwitchTV or Ustream directly from the console at a click of a button.

All in all the PS4 is a great console and I am pleased with my purchase, even though I thought I would not buy a “next-gen console”.} else {