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Published December 8, 2017

Sony has created some very powerful not to mention enjoyable gaming consoles starting with the original Playstation that came out in September 1995. The PS2 made its debut March 2000 then the Playstation 3 came out November 2006 which now brings us to the present day Playstation model, the Playstation 4 or PS4.


I want to go on record as saying that I didn’t think so much of the PS4 at first when it came out because it didn’t have any games that were really worth buying and I saw a lot of the PS3 games being transferred over to the PS4 to “fill in the gap” as it were; I somewhat still do.

However, I personally feel a ps4 product review is definitely in order because there is so much to love about it that I didn’t see before. The Playstation Network Friend Request for one, a unique feature to be sure. Low heat, simple setup; it is pretty much like its predecessors which I will be covering in this review; sort of on the fence about the game disk collection elimination though. Here’s my ps4 product review.

PS4 Heat

Playing the PS4 over the time that I’ve had it, I have often asked after touching it, “what heat?” Playing the PS4 for long periods of time does not seem to affect it, it does get a little heated but doesn’t to a degree that it affects the system itself. I was playing Odin Sphere Leifthrasir 3 nights ago, I was playing from 8:30p to 2:21a. I felt the console get hot but not a lot; it seemed very lukewarm.


Heatsinks means no heat!

There is no danger in playing the PS4 for a long period and it succumb to heat damage to the console because that was a chief concern when it came to the PS3, I love that the PS4 did not inherit that problem because I’m a gamer that loves to play for hours on end without worrying about any console consequences.

Also, the concept of any PS4 heat that might surface seems a million miles away; it encouraged me to write this ps4 product review. I was impressed with the lack of heat that the PS4 had while I was playing it for the 5 hours and 51 minutes that I was. Superb!

Simple Setup

This is one of the other aspects about the PS4, the simple setup; it didn’t take a lot of time for me to get everything set up including the arrangements of the cords along with the cord plugins on my power strip. I was easily able to get myself established within the Playstation Network and the PS4 community; my data was already on there from the PS3 which I liked and my trophies transferred as well which was also a plus.

I was given a choice of avatars to use that would recognize me as the owner of the controller so to speak; I felt like the entire process took no longer than about 20 minutes max, I wanted to point this out in my ps4 product review because it’s important that you know what you’re in for if you’re getting a PS4 for the first time, you’ll feel like the setup is so simplistic which it is.


Also, I like that there were tutorials on how to maneuver the controller in some situations such as inputting letters to “inscribe” your name. The entire PS4 system setup practically speaks to you which can give you a sense of belonging and security; you’ll feel like the people at the Playstation Network got your back which is not entirely false.

Playstation Network Friend Request

I would chalk this up to be my secondary reason for writing this ps4 product review; the Playstation Network Friend Request feature is one of my favorites. The PS3 had something like this, but I didn’t feel as if it was as “evolved” as the PS4 inclusion of this feature. I added a friend of mine recently and she was able to chime in on a game that I was playing, it’s a stroke of luck that me and her have Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.


Another aspect of this that I like is that you can link up and friend request people you know and random people, I always believed that video games allow people to develop bonds with other people. I love that Sony brought this over from the PS3 because it gives you “reach” when you want to get in contact with distant friends and family.

All in all, this feature is one of the handiest on the PS4 not to mention being able to communicate with people that you are friends with while you play; you don’t have to feel as if you’re having to decide to do one or the other.

Eliminates Game Disk Collection

It is pretty obvious that one terabyte of memory is more than enough to download any and every game you want without fear of losing your game download or data not to mention eliminating game disk collection as a whole; I have 3 games downloaded to my PS4 right now.


One of the biggest motivators behind my ps4 product review, the PS4 practically eliminates game disk collection so you don’t have to worry about your games getting lost, destroyed or scratched.

Unfortunately, the downside to this is that if the Playstation Network goes down or succumbs to a virus then it’ll wipe out all Playstation data and game saves which is the only thing that I don’t like about the PS4 especially since I made the decision to not buy any PS4 game disks. Although it is not a primary concern, it is still wise to keep the possibility in the back of your mind.



There are not enough good things to say about the PS4 and put it all into my ps4 product review because the list can go on and on, the heat concept of the PS4 is nothing to worry about. The setup is a simple one and the Playstation Network Friend Request is a great feature to take advantage of not to mention the possibility of not having to wonder why your PS4 disk is not playing; there’re no scratches on a digital download.

Drop me a comment or message me if and when you have any thoughts about my post, I’d love to hear it and will respond to you before the day is out.



  1. Dominick Kimbley Dominick Kimbley

    This is definitely a good review from the technical side of things. However, as a gamer who just wants to play games, I’m more interested in the games that the PS4 has than the functionality or technical side of the console. That said, I do appreciate this kind of article.

    Of course, if you could do some reviews of some games on the console, that would be much appreciated, as I am looking for some games to fill it up a bit more, after Croixleur Sigma, Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae, and Hyper Light Drifter, I’m looking for something new.

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Hey Dom, thanks for the compliment and I have a few games that I think you might like. I’m going to be doing another review on a few games for the PS4 so stay tuned.

  2. Jeremy Jeremy

    Hi there,
    What a great review! I’ve been an Xbox player for over 10 years now and I’m starting to find that Microsoft isn’t coming out with anything new and exciting.

    What do you think about the new virtual reality for the ps4? I’ve been dying to try it out.

    Thanks for the informative review!


    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Hey Jeremy, thanks for the compliment. The virtual reality is a game changer in the PlayStation universe because it gives gamers the ability to experience virtual reality to become part of the action which every gamer has always wanted to do. Try it, I did and it’s awesome. 

  3. Colton Colton

    Last night I was watching a buddy of mine play the new God of War on his PS4. It is a limited Gold edition, it’s such an awesome console!

    I play on PC for the most part but having exclusives titles such as God of War makes me want to get a PS4… it seems like the best console for a complete AAA environment.

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Hey Colton, you definitely should get a PS4 if for nothing else to take advantage of all of the great games yet to come out; God of War was only the first of many. Here’s a hint, if you ever had God of War III for the PS3 but could not get it to work right or the system would have trouble playing the game, the PS4 will allow you to download the game to the system if you didn’t want to be bothered with the physical copy which I don’t. All of my PS4 games are downloaded to PS4. Think about it.

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