One thing that was missing from our Christmas games console buyer's guides was an in-depth look at PlayStation TV, the little microconsole from Sony that'll allow to play Vita titles on the big screen and dish out some PS4 remote play goodness as well. I'll be the first to admit that generally, when it comes to microconsoles, I've never been the most evangelical supporter of playing mobile games on a big screen. I can, however, see the appeal of multimedia plug-in boxes for consumers without smart TVs, or if you have multiple sets and just want a little media box for secondary televisions.
I was rather eager to investigate PS TV, however, what with already owning a PS4 and having a large Vita library. I have large hands, and I must admit to not finding the Vita's tiny thumbsticks to be all that comfortable. It's a problem that I've mitigated somewhat with third-party attachments that give the Vita gamepad-like handles, but even so, it's not an ideal solution. With that in mind, and considering that I no longer have my PS3 plugged in any more, I quite liked the thought of PS TV as a remote play unit for my PS4, and a little home console equivalent for playing classic PlayStation titles and broader Vita titles more suited to longer periods of play.
The trouble is, given early impressions, I can't work out who PlayStation TV is actually for.
It certainly doesn't seem to be for people like me, eager to use the little box, which is barely larger than a deck of cards, for PS4 Remote Play purposes. After much swearing and getting tangled up in cables, it's become readily apparent that the only way to eliminate the all-too visible lag is to have a house set up with full LAN coverage. This is just fundamentally impractical at best, and downright impossible at worst. Having the PS4 plugged in helped a bit, but even so, the latency was still immersion-breaking. I really hadn't expected that to be an issue -- standard remote play on my Vita, for example, works like a dream.Click here to read more...
More PS4 bundles are slipping below the £300 mark every day as we approach Black Friday, and that's excellent news for prospective new-gen buyers. You can still nab a Glacier White PS4 for £299.97 from Gamestop, and we're hoping that 24/7 Electronics gets some units back in stock as they were selling the console for £269.99 at one point. We rather expect the base console to go much lower than £299 by the end of the week, but if you really can't wait, ShopTo have dropped their prices for the Black and White PS4 SKUs on Rakuten to £299.99.
As stated above, we're fully expecting better bundles to come along later this week, but these deals have gone hot over on our sister site HUKD, and it's good to have some choice in terms of retailers. It's also worth noting that Rakuten are running a promotion that'll give buyer 25% back in Rakuten SuperPoints along with coupons and discounts up to the tune of £250. Click here for more info on that. Props to g3legacy, oUkTuRkEyIII and preparationiskey!
Fancy saving some extra cash on a new console? How about a PS4 for £250? As hot as our recent bundle deals have been recently, we like to offer our readers all the cheapest options, including this hot price for a preowned PS4 console at £249.99. Usually, we're a bit dubious about pre-owned machines, but the established retailer is offering a 12 month guarantee on all preowned PS4's sold. If there are any problems, you can always take it back to a high street store rather than faff about with the post.
With the PS4 and Xbox One both one year old, we take a look at this first full year of the new generation, and also ask which console gamers be picking up this Christmas.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language
One week to go until Black Friday, but even us Brits are getting into the action early. GAME have another PS4 bundle deal for your attention, this time including Grand Theft Auto, Destiny's Vanguard Edition, The Last Of Us and a year of PlayStation Plus so you can get online straight away. £399.99 may be a lot, but it's also a cumulative saving.
Though we're not convinced that Destiny lived up to the hype, it's still a pretty addictive game, while Grand Theft Auto 5 will tide you over for ages. Not to mention The Last Of Us Remastered, which is a great way for those who didn't own a PS3 to experience one of the most critically-acclaimed games of recent years. Thanks to Dhiraj1 @ HUKD!
Why wait for Black Friday when you can get a cheap console bundle today with a PS4 and the remastered GTA V for only £299? Like the XO deal we posted earlier, this price is for shoppers that opt to pay with a card, with it costing an extra fiver to use PayPal. With so many retailers opting for large multi-game bundles, this modest package is an ace deal if you're not wanting to spend a lot. This would be a fantastic price for the console on its own, so picking it up with GTA V is even better. You'll be able to flog the game for at least £30 on eBay if you don't want it.
GTA V's re-release has been a big hit so far, with the new first-person view certainly making us consider picking it up too. Frankly though, there are tonnes of new-gen games you should be putting into a new PS4 first. Like Far Cry 4, Infamous: Second Son, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Wolfenstein. Not Assassin's Creed Unity though. Leave that one alone for a while.
Thanks to tony863.
With Christmas and Black Friday fast approaching, it's time for our annual console buyer's guides packed with useful advice, cheap console bundle deals and the best games bargains for the hottest software. Now we're ready to give the PS4 its dues.
Sony's console has been flying off the shelves this past year on the strength of its beefy specifications, best-in-class controller, affordable pricing, nifty features and the promise of more quality first-party exclusives. Unfortunately we'll have to wait until next year for big hitters like Bloodborne and Uncharted 4, but the PS4 makes up for it with canny third-party deals, superb indie games and an impressively varied lineup of software big and small.
In this guide we'll discuss the hardware, software and then the cheapest way to get up and running.
For those who want a taste of both new and old, GAME are currently running a PS4 bundle with The Last Of Us Remastered and either Far Cry 4 OR Grand Theft Auto 5 for £349.99. Bargain. Thanks to preparationiskey @ HUKD!
Argos are also running some straightfoward PS4 bundle deals at the moment, the best of which includes the console with Grand Theft Auto V and Far Cry 4 for £359.99. Scroll down to see the special offers. Thanks to Jabbypans @ HUKD!
If you want to make sure you don't run out of games to play, you can net a PS4 with five decent games for under £400 at ShopTo, including Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Wolfenstein and Minecraft. Thanks to preparationiskey @ HUKD!
Dragon Age fans can also get Dragon Age: Inquisition with a new PS4 console for £329.85 at ShopTo.
Finally, if you're in the market for a standalone glacier white console, you can grab a bargain at Gamestop for £299.97. Note that their customer service leaves much to be desired, though. Thanks to ahmadfirdausazmi @ HUKD!
Naturally we expect Black Friday to be bountiful for cheap PS4 bundle deals, but this is the level you want to match or beat! Also be sure to keep an eye on Amazon, who recently offered several bundles at £329.99 and may do so again come the end of November.Click here to read more...
I've never seen a price war like this before.
Sure, console manufacturers and retailers tend to sling together a few bundles ahead of Christmas and Black Friday, but usually it's a token effort intended to make the most money from put-upon parents, Christmas presents and stocking fillers before the big January sales. Often we even see prices go up to grab as much Christmas cash as possible, and false savings instead of real discounts.
Now, however, Microsoft has broken the rules and started a console bundle price war of monstrous proportions, where there's only likely to be one winner.
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I've never seen a console price war like this before, not least before Black Friday, and the console bundle deals continue with this offer from ShopTo. £400 will net you a PS4 with COD: Advanced Warfare, Minecraft, Battlefield 4, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes & Wolfenstein The New Order, which allows you to hit the ground running.
This PS4 console bundle may be heavy on quantity, but quality is excellent too. Advanced Warfare is a blast, Wolfenstein is superb, Battlefield 4 is chaotically good fun, Ground Zeroes is short and sweet and Minecraft is... Minecraft. No explanaton necessary. A mighty haul, though more discerning gamers will probably be better off cherry-picking. Thanks to preparationiskey @ HUKD!
Update: We've updated the title for the sake of clarity.
The PlayStation 4 recently turned one year old, and we put our heads together to have a look back over the inaugural year of Sony's latest console, and see how the PS4 has fared.
Sony are clearly winning, at least in terms of numbers.
However, to my mind, the PS4 faces the same questions this Christmas as it did last year, perhaps most chiefly where are the headline games? But really, that's a question born out of the previous generation. Back when the PS3 was lining up against the Xbox One, Microsoft had the headstart, the ease of access, and a flourishing indie initiative. The PS3 did a barnstorming job of playing catch-up largely thanks to Sony unleashing their stable of first-party studios and exclusive partners.
But the PS4 isn't in that position, and Sony haven't had to do that. It's even more clear now, writing at the crest of 2014 before we plunge into the craziness of Black Friday and the Christmas retail period, that Sony are playing a long game. Moreover, when Sony said #ThisIsForThePlayers and began heralding the accessibility of their platform, what they really said was "it's not about us", and that's rung true throughout this first year. Third-parties have been given the red carpet treatment, exclusive content deals have been the story of this first year, gaming services have come to the fore more than ever before, and Sony's pricing has been spot on.Click here to read more...
If you're in the market for a cheap PS4 bundle, Amazon are currently offering Sony's console for £20 less than the recommended retail price along with one of the hottest games of the Winter!
Far Cry 4 is currently reviewing very well indeed -- Ubisoft gamely sent us a copy the other day, so ours will materialise in due course -- and Grand Theft Auto 5's big graphical overhaul and first person mode seem to be drawing the punters. In fairness, buying a PS4 now is effectively an investment in next Spring, but we reckon that either of these games will keep you going for a while. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Shopping around for a cheap console bundle deal this Christmas, or maybe looking to lock down a PS4 or Xbox One bundle ahead of Black Friday? Well, Asda Direct currently have a code running that'll knock £20 off of your console purchase. It's been kicking around for a few days now, but it's still good to go.
A tip of the cap to garyboy88 at HUKD!
Looking for a cheap PS4 camera? Gameseek's Rakuten marketplace has you covered, you livestream superstar in the making.
Remember to use voucher code MSERAK10 for the extra discount! You'll need a full account, since guests can't apply vouchers. We're not entirely sold on whether this peripheral earns its keep for most gamers, but if you're big into streaming or voice commands, £33.52 is a fairly major saving. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII & Chanchi32 @ HUKD!
Extra controllers make great Christmas presents and stocking fillers, and if you're looking for a Dual Shock 4 deal, you might want to check out Rakuten, especially if you want a bit of colour in your gaming life. The Dual Shock 4 Magma Red and Wave Blue controllers have been holding their high price points fairly consistently since launch, but you can use the code MSERAK10 to knock a tenner off of your £40 spend.
Remember to use the code MSERAK10 to get the controllers at this price. Great spot Assassin82!
Looking for a cheap Glacier White PS4? Gamestop's £299.99 offer might be the deal you're looking for now we're headed into the holidays, saving you fifty quid on the retail price.
The Glacier White PS4 is certainly rather snazzy, but you'll need AV equipment and decor to match to avoid the garish machine sticking out like a sore thumb. We also have to point out that, exclusive games-wise, Sony are only shifting into gear next February, so this is more a case of getting a foot in the door early. Make a beeline for the likes of inFamous: Second Son and some of the corking multiplatform titles. You can click here to read and watch our PS4 review. Thanks to ahmadfirdausazmi @ HUKD!
The PS4's 'Masamune' firmware update brought a slew of great new features to the console experience, such as Share Play, but it wasn't quite perfect. Many gamers reported that their consoles refused to boot up after being put into Rest Mode, which isn't what any of us signed up for!
Thankfully Sony have sorted things out by way of a new patch, update 2.0.1, which is rolling out today according to the latest tweet from PlayStation Europe. Sorted. Hopefully.
If you haven't tried out Share Play yet, we'd highly suggest you give it a whirl after checking out Matt and Carl's PS4 Share Play Video. If you suffered from the PS4 Rest Mode issue, let us know in the comments!
The new Destiny expansion pack Dark Below' is due to arrive on the 9th December. The good news is if you don't want to buy the expansion then there will still be new armour and weapons for everyone.
Also Bungie are promising that they will add five additional bounty slots and daily bounties for everyone.
Season pass holders and those purchasing the expansion pack can look forward to new weapons, armour and gear, maximum light level raised to 32, new cooperative strike, 3 new multiplayer arenas, new story missions and new six-player Raid.
We've found Bungie's shooter to be something of a mixed bag since release -- addictive and infuriating at the same time -- and you can click here to check out our Destiny review.
This week, we talk about Denis Dyack's comeback and who he should form the worst superteam ever with Uwe Boll, we take a look at the new PS4 update the significance of Share Play, we lambast Driveclub some more, and rejoice in a great week for Star Wars fans.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language
Sony are reacting to Microsoft's killer Xbox One bundles with some hot deals of their own, and this one is an absolute belter. GAME will sell you a PS4 with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny Vanguard Edition, The Last Of Us Remastered and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99, which is a seriously impressive haul considering that the solus console still costs £349.99 at suggested retail price. Many thanks to Kidmonkey @ HUKD!
The PS4's update 2.0 was so powerful that it knocked out the PSN yesterday. Considering how long Sony have been doing this, you'd have thought that maybe, just maybe, they'd have learned to sort out their network stability a little better over the past handful of years... but no.
Anyway, Update 2.0 is out, things appear to be working properly, and one of the most lauded features of the new firmware package has arrived in the form of Share Play. In a nutshell, Share Play allows for a remote version of local game sharing -- be that passing a master controller to a friend, or allowing them to play a game that they don't currently own themselves. Sessions are limited to an hour at a time, PlayStation Plus is a requirement for controller sharing, and you can only use the multiplayer aspects of the service for games with local multiplayer components.
It all seems to work very nicely indeed, though. To test out the service in the name of science, Carl and I fired up our machines and jumped into a game of FIFA 15, whereupon Carl and I were able to enjoy a match together despite Carl not owning the game in question. Side-by-side, the videos reveal that there's an ever-so-slight delay, but playing the game felt pretty seamless. There's a resolution drop, of course -- you can only play Share Play games in 720p -- but the game still looked pretty good at both end, and it should be noted that visual fidelity is an option that can be changed (we'd set ours to "high").Click here to read more...