Up For Debate - What Score Would You Give the PlayStation 4 This Generation?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Apr 21, 2019 4:41 PM

With the announcement of the PlayStation 5, the PS4 has sidled off-stage and will return for one final encore over the next 12 months. The angular box has been with us for almost six years, blazing ahead as the de facto leader of the 8th generation of games consoles.

During that time, the PlayStation 4 has established a library of thousands of games, covering the gamut from must-play exclusives to AAA bangers and indie gems. It’s got a rich library, no doubt about it, although its value decreases significantly if you also own a gaming PC to play many of these titles at a higher fidelity.

‘Must Play’ games on the system, according to Metacritic, include Red Dead Redemption 2, Bloodborne, God of War, Persona 5, The Last of Us Remastered, The Witcher 3, Uncharted 4, Metal Gear Solid V, Shadow of the Colossus, Undertale, Resident Evil 2, Sekiro, Astro Bot, Celeste, Nier Automata, and more.

There’s also the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn, Spider-Man, Tetris Effect, Infamous: First Light, Until Dawn, a billion Yakuza games, GTA V, Ratch & Clank, Detroit: Become Human, The Last Guardian, and, er, two Knack games. Then we’ve got The Last of Us: Part 2, Death Stranding, Days Gone, Dreams, Concrete Genie, and more, right around the corner.

It’s easy to look back at past generations with rose-tinted spectacles, yet the PlayStation 4’s library is both broad and deep; arguably becoming one of the most successful consoles of all time. It’s a platform that has helped Sony become the leader in the VR space, selling millions of PSVR headsets and actually investing in virtual reality games like few others are.

But with the sun about to set on the PlayStation 4, what are your feelings on Sony’s consoles? Did it end up a must buy? Did it top even the mighty PS2? Give your rating in the poll and let us know why below!

What score would you give the PS4 and its library?

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15:52 Apr-23-2019

I bought the PS4 followed by the PS4Pro and I've never had any gripes with them. The library is extensive, the UI is nice and easy and Sony as managed to pull some absolutely stunning games out the bag.


It's a 8 from me(:

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16:57 Apr-22-2019

7 8 9

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02:12 Apr-22-2019

I chose 8 based on my experience with The last of us, Horizon zero dawn and God of war 4.

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01:47 Apr-22-2019

As it seems, Sony might do most things right with the PS5

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23:00 Apr-21-2019

Was thinking about 6 or 7. Mainly because of the lacking CPU.

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22:52 Apr-21-2019

PS4 is the console with the best games out there and I will probably buy a PS5 because of it's backward compatibility with the PS4.
Those exclusives... - just wow.
I give it a 10.

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01:47 Apr-22-2019

Same. I have a bunch of PS4 games that I'm planning to replay once PS5 hits the market. Backwards compatibility really is good news.

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21:19 Apr-21-2019

I would generally say 8, amazing exclusives do help a lot to bring that score up and some consumer friendly practices, like not restricting used disc selling. As negative I would definitely give it underpowered hardware, based on older gen AMD hardware, some games had to downscale below 1080p or...

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21:20 Apr-21-2019

... they had hard time maintaining 30FPS, plus cooling isn't exactly quiet, less important, but backwards compatibility was absent. But overall it had good run, won this generation... and as much I could also mention multiplayer subscription, that kind of is console standard.

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21:22 Apr-21-2019

As for the rest, it was done well and stuff like gamepad was pretty much just generational improvement, but then again, if it isn't broken, don't fix it. Still, if feels like PS5 is up to fixing flaws of PS4, so we might get great next generation, provided it won't be like PS3, since it will likely cost more.

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01:49 Apr-22-2019

I have the same complaint. Underpowered hardware, even in ps4 pro the graphics is bottlenecked by the weak cpu anyway. dips below 30 fps is really noticeable for my sensitive eyes

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20:44 Apr-21-2019

This poll reveals that there is currently 11 Xbox fanboys here.

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21:54 Apr-21-2019

I'm not a fanboy by either of them, i just wrote my opinion :D.

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16:09 Apr-23-2019

Lol yeah zero is an extreme score hah

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19:43 Apr-21-2019

I would give it an 8 as an owner of PS4 Pro, exclusives were very good and it seems reliable most of the time. Though the fan noise really kills it for me, it is like a jet engine.

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01:50 Apr-22-2019

how does graphics and framerates compare with pc as per ur experience?

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18:39 Apr-21-2019

Big focus on Single player games, great discounts, easy to use, very reliable, amazing other entertainment value. I rate it a 9. It could have had a bit more processing power, the Pro version, but at the price its sold for, its unbeatable.

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18:22 Apr-21-2019

It was an average console, besides most of the games were downscaled and some still are. So i'll give it a 5. We'll see what 9th Gen's gonna offer.

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17:48 Apr-21-2019

Don't own a PS4, but I despise it for all the exclusives that will never make it to the PC. I guess that is a glowing review.

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19:33 Apr-21-2019

Same here, what doesn't come to PC does not exist for me.

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01:43 Apr-22-2019

Console? More like Scamsole

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17:46 Apr-21-2019

Been awesome, great exclusive games, great support, great price, i just hate sony for making these games exclusive D": I also hate it when they dont allow cross platform with others lol

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17:45 Apr-21-2019

In terms of modern games to play, it's a no brainer that it beat the xbone out.
In terms of features you'd think the majority of people care about, I'd argue the xbone wins out.


PS4 lacked some things and sony pulled some dumb moves, but Microsoft out-stupided them overall this gen and let Sony pull through.

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17:38 Apr-21-2019

I don't own one so I can't really judge. It does though have some bangers which I'd like to play if given the chance.

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17:35 Apr-21-2019

As a casual PC Gamer who doesn't own consoles I would give it around 7-8.
Paid online is quite a huge turn off for me. There were some times though when I was thinking to pick it up (Just before Uncharted 4 and No Man's Sky launched).
It's quite good, but not as huge as Wii/Ps2 were back when I was a kid.

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17:18 Apr-21-2019

yeah, a 5/10 seems fitting... this whole console generation feels weirdly "meh".

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20:55 Apr-21-2019

What is "meh" about PS4?

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17:01 Apr-21-2019

Bought it for the exclusives so they're doing something right...

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16:55 Apr-21-2019

PS2 will stay the best imo but PS4 deserved a 9 for me and the main reason is excellent exclusive single player games.

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17:25 Apr-21-2019

The price and the exclusives/games make or break a console imo. :)

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16:45 Apr-21-2019

9/10 due to paid PSN subscription.

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17:33 Apr-21-2019

Yep, that was the only downside I've had during my times with my PS4 Pro.

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01:45 Apr-22-2019

How's the graphics n resolution compared to PC?

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07:24 Apr-23-2019

better than any 350-400$ new PC out there.

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| 60FPS, Low, 720p
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100% Yes [1 votes]
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Ryzen 5 3400G 4-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX Vega 11 6GB
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Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
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Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
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Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
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0% No [1 votes]
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100% Yes [2 votes]
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Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
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Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
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Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900X 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gigabyte Gaming OC 3X 8GB 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
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Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX 540X 2GB Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
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Core i5-4670 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EVGA Gaming 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
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Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Ultra Gaming 8GB 32GB
100% Yes [5 votes]
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Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB 8GB
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100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1440p
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50% Yes [6 votes]