The holiday season is on us and we are taking a look at the one of the most popular gaming systems on the planet – the Playstation 4.
Originally launched in 2013 as part of the eighth generation console series, it became one of Sony’s best ever selling products with state of the art graphics, processing speed, online play with friends and integration with other devices and services such as the off-console Playstation Vita network and other supported devices. Sony doubled-down on the power in 2016 when the Playstation Pro was launched with an upgraded GPU and higher GPU clock rate that supports enhanced graphical and gaming performance and was the first console to allow true 4K resolution on supported titles. It has also been updated to allow HDR support to games and DVDs too.
If you are about to join the Playstation family, there are many bundles and opportunities to do so depending on your budget and taste in games.
One of the most popular games launching this year is Red Dead Redemption 2, the sequel to Rockstar Games 2010 smash that saw reformed outlaw John Marston look to secure his wife and son’s safety by hunting down members of his old gang.
The highly anticipated follow-up is actually a prequel that will take the players further back in time to the days of the old West as they run and gun with the notorious Van Der Linde gang. It’s 1899 and the end of the Wild West era as lawmen hunt down the last of the outlaw gangs. After a botched robbery, Arthur Morgan and the rest of the gang have to flee and rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of pioneer America. The player is Arthur and must choose which way to follow – his own ideals and loyalty, or loyalty to the gang who raised him.
Rockstar Games, producers of the original game and the seminal Grand Theft Auto series present an epic tale of life in America at the dawn of the modern age.
The PS4 bundle comes with the game itself on Blu-ray Disc, a jet black PS4 Pro console and a Dualshock 4 wireless controller to play the game with. The most advanced Playstation controller available features improved dual analog sticks and trigger buttons, a sensitive SIXAXIS motion sensor and touchpad located on the top for even more control and new ways to play and interact with RDR2 and other games. The PS4 Pro has a massive 1 Terrabyte of storage on the hard drive to save games, apps, videos, screenshots and more as well as being able to stream 4K videos, movies and TV shows too.
Online play requires PS4 Pro membership which has to be purchased separately and allows users to game online, chat and stream together.
Other bundles are available without games and just include either the Playstation 4 or PS 4 Pro. The Playstation 4 1TB console also comes with a wireless headset that brings amazing audio depth and clarity, elevating the gaming experience with customizable game modes created exclusively for the Playstation. If you play first person shooters or battle royal games such as Fortnite or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, you can hear your enemies’ footsteps in the direction they are approaching!
The best bundle available without games is the custom ‘Days of Play’ edition available from multiple suppliers. This bundle comes with a royal blue color scheme and matching controller with golden controller symbols on the case to give it a striking unique look. If you look online you can also find Playstation 4’s in other unique color schemes apart from the standard black. Gold and Glacier White are two of the most popular.
PS4 Pro – for the players
The best selling PS4 Pro bundle this year has been the limited edition Spider-Man bundle which can still be found. This version includes the Playstation 4 exclusive Spider-Man game as well as a red PS4 Pro console and matching Dualshock 4 controller with the iconic white Spider-Man logo.
The game is just fantastic as you take on the role of Peter Parker and his arachnid alter-ego as you swing across a digitally created New York to stop some of the most famous iconic villains such as The Vulture, Rhino, Kingpin and Doctor Octopus.
Other popular games from 2018 can also be purchased as PS 4 Pro or PS4 bundles including God of War, Unchartered 4, Call of Duty: WWII with special camo coloring and a special edition Star Wars Battlefront II with a PS 4 pro and Dualshock container fit for Emperor Palpatine himself.
If you have a bigger budget and want to explore the fringes of the digital technology then you can look at a PS VR Bundle which gives players a console, a Playstation VR headset and camera, two PlayStationMove controllers and the Creed: Rise to Glory game and Superhot VR – the award-winning 3D shooter.
No matter which bundle you prefer this holiday season, you can find one just to your tastes at Best Buy, Target, GameStop, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Newegg and any other reputable supplier.