We haven’t played Sony’s PS4 yet, but that hasn’t stopped us reviewing it

Here at LondonlovesBusiness.com, we love business. And the gaming industry is big business, so by definition we bloody love it, even if we don’t really understand games.

As such, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to review Sony’s fourth generation Playstation console, which was officially launched in the UK last night.

Every good westerner covets sleek gadgetry, and the PS4 slips quietly into the canon. Its appearance is somewhere between a stealth-boat and a glossy magazine, though more evil.

Half of it is matt black; the other half a fingerprint-inviting polished obsidian. It comes in a cardboard box roughly the size of a domestic cat, and will surely look marvellous wrapped up and nestling beneath the branches of a Christmas tree.

The PS4 has a fairly hefty price tag though - £349 on Amazon, and it doesn’t even include a viewing screen. Apparently Sony prefers you to provide your own screen. Once out of the box, the first challenge facing would-be gamers is wiring the console to the television.

If you haven’t got a television, then you’re going to have to get one of those too, because without one, many of the PS4’s capabilities are unavailable.

PS4 Vs. Xbox One

The next thing to note is that where Microsoft has lied, Sony has been honest. Microsoft’s rival console, the Xbox One is certainly not the first Xbox. In fact, despite their notoriety for computation, Microsoft has really struggled with counting the number of variations their Xbox has been through, with the last one boastfully named the Xbox 360.

There are no such issues with the PS4 though, which being the fourth edition, has been correctly titled.

Games

A perusal of the games available for the PS4 on Sony’s dedicated website shows a clear bent towards games in which wanton murder is an end in itself. Available games have high-spirited titles such as “KillZone”, “WarFrame”, “War Thunder” and Battlefield 4”, which aim to offer players the most cerebrally engaging opportunities for pugilistic rampages.   

In addition, games such as “Drive club”, offer users the chance to practice their driving technique, without having to decide on a genuine destination or paying for insurance.

That alone is surely enough to justify the £349 price tag.

Overall: 3/10

While Sony has balanced technological clout with a degree of affordability, the PS4 is ultimately let down by the society which spawned it. You all know what I mean.

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