Should You Buy a PS4 in 2019?


– Hey guys, this is Austin. With the PS5 on the horizon, is now the time to buy a PS4? This is a serious question. I mean, the PlayStation 4
came out almost six years ago, and Sony’s already started detailing a lot of info on what the next generation is going to look like. On the other hand, the end of a life cycle is almost always a great
time to buy a console. Not only has the hardware
become cheaper since launch, but it’s almost always gotten better, which begs the question,
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for sponsoring this video. If you’ve never owned a PS4 or maybe you have the original model, then there actually have been some pretty substantial upgrades
over the last few years. First of all is the PS4 Slim. Now this is very much
the standard slim model that most consoles get. It’s a little bit smaller, quieter, and cooler than the OG PS4, but besides faster Wi-Fi, it’s basically the same experience. Next up, we have the big
guy, the PlayStation 4 Pro. Now this is an actual
upgrade over the PS4, as not only does it
have much better specs, but that enables it to run
games at 1440p or even 4K in much higher resolution than the 1080p of the standard PS4. Pricing is interesting. So the base PS4 today is $300, which is only $100 less than
the launch model sic years ago, and generally speaking, it
is pretty rare for the PS4 to go on sale, which is a
huge contrast to the Xbox One, which basically lives, like, $75 less than its MSRP at all times. The PS4 Pro has an MSRP of $400, and while it does sometimes
go a little bit below that, generally speaking, that
is the price you’ll pay. However, I actually think this
is a very reasonable upgrade. For only 75 to $100
more than the base PS4, you’re getting a lot more power, which, in my opinion, is
well worth the upgrade. Now that’s all on the new side, but typically speaking,
when you buy a console this late into the generation, the used market is a great option to save yourself a bunch of cash. However, that’s really
not the case with the PS4. Using GameStop as the benchmark, you’re only saving about $50 by buying an original used PS4 as opposed to a brand-new Slim. Now you can go to eBay and
save a little bit more money, but still, you’re generally
paying around $200, which to me just isn’t
that great of a deal when you can buy an Xbox One S brand-new with a bundled game all day
long for about the same money. Now this isn’t totally crazy. The PS4 has pretty much become the standard de facto
console this generation. With almost 100 million sold, it’s an easy argument to make that the PS4 is the best
place to play right now. If we go back to the PS3, last generation, Sony really struggled. Now, the PS3 was a
technically-superior console, but it was expensive and complicated, which meant that a lot
of people and developers focused their attention on the Xbox 360, and while they were able
to recover toward the end, Sony most certainly learned their lessons when they came to building the PS4. Sony made sure that the PS4 was as focused as possible on gaming. So while both the PS4 and Xbox One share a very similar AMD-based
PC hardware inside, the PS4 not only has a bigger
GPU but also faster memory, which means that it is straight-up faster than the base Xbox One. Many games run at 1080p on the PS4, whereas on the Xbox One, they have cuts to either
resolution or quality. Now usually these cuts are somewhat minor. Who wants to have the
inferior experience, right? PS4 for a very long time
has been the obvious choice. Now today, things have
changed a little bit with the introduction of the Xbox One X, which is more powerful
than not only the PS4, but importantly, it’s more
powerful than the PS4 Pro. That being said, though, a ton of people still
have the base consoles, and here it’s just not a fair fight. The PS4 is a superior device. The PS4 does have another key
advantage, upgradeability. With the Xbox One, it’s kind of a box. I mean, there’s really
no reason to open it up unless you’re looking for Easter Eggs, but the PS4 has full access to change out the internal hard drive. I’ve done a video on this before, but it is not a complicated process. On all of the PS4 models, there is a single screw as well as a door that will allow you to get access to the 2.5-inch hard drive, and from there, it is
very simple to swap it out and reinstall the operating system. The main advantage here is
that you get the ability to upgrade not only the
storage but also the speed. So for only about $90 or so, you can upgrade to a two-terabyte SSHD which would give you
more speed and capacity, or if you want to go all out, you can pick up a two-terabyte
SSD for 210 bucks. It is a huge, huge upgrade, and it’s super-simple to do on the PS4. Now this is not completely necessary, as both the PS4 and Xbox support USB 3.0 hard drives or SSDs, which is a much simpler way of doing it, but I really do appreciate the fact that the PS4 allows me
to upgrade my own console and swap in whatever drive I want. While the PS4 is no
longer the obvious choice when it comes to multi-platform games since the One X exists, however, when it comes to exclusives, Sony absolutely has Microsoft beat. Games like Uncharted 4 or God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Gran
Turismo and Spider-Man are all completely exclusive
to the PlayStation, and these are some of the
best games of the generation. It’s easy to say that, oh, look, PlayStation’s the obvious place to play, but I mean, these games really
do give you a great reason on why you should pick
up one of the consoles. This is where the used
market can come in clutch. A lot of these games can
be found for $20 or less. Now this is the generation
where a lot of people, myself included, had
switched over to all-digital. However, if you’re buying
a PlayStation 4 in 2019, you should absolutely go spend a few bucks to get a lot of these excellent games for super-cheap on the used market. I haven’t even talked about
the non-exclusives, either. So you’ve got games like Call of Duty, Destiny, and of course GTA 5, which while it got its
start on last generation, really came into its own with the PS4 as well as the Xbox One. Another terrific game this generation is Red Dead Redemption 2, which while it looks pretty
decent on the PS4 and PS4 Pro, it’s still better on the One X. But there is not getting around that any of these options are a lot better than the base Xbox One. It’s, uh, challenged. Blurry, (chuckling) some might say. Blurry’s probably the word. All that is to say that there are some legitimately good reasons to pick up an Xbox. In fact, if you actually
don’t have an Xbox One or PS4, I think it’s a pretty easy bet to say that the Xbox is the better
choice to buy right now. First of all, the value
is absolutely here. So at just over $200, the Xbox One S does lag behind
the standard PS4 in visuals, but it’s not a massive difference, and it does have some
key upgrades of its own, including an Ultra HD Blu-Ray player that you can’t find on
any version of the PS4. The One X is also a
surprisingly good value. So while the MSRP is $500, you can find this guy on Amazon for less than the PS4 Pro right now. Considering that it’s a better console in almost every single way, it is hard to argue with that. I also prefer the Xbox
controller to the PS4. Not by a lot, mind you. Both Sony and Microsoft did
a good job this generation, and stuff like the touchpad
are nice on the PlayStation. However, I really feel like Microsoft completely
nailed the ergonomics. I love the way this controller feels. Probably the biggest
upside to the Xbox though is backwards compatibility. Even the original Xbox One can play a lot of 360 titles and
even some OG Xbox ones. Step up to the One X, and not only can you
play all the same games, but a lot of them can be upscaled to 4K, and it is an incredibly cool feature to see these old-school games being run at a proper high resolution and a lot of times with much
better texture filtering than they ever did on original consoles. Now Sony does have some
backwards compatibility, but, well, it just really can’t compete. So there are some PS2 games
which have been upgraded to work on the PlayStation 4, and using PlayStation Now, you can stream a fair
few PlayStation 3 games, but the issue here is that, first of all, the library isn’t as good, and second of all, you have
to pay for all of these. Now while Microsoft does sell a lot of the original Xbox
and 360 titles in the store, you actually don’t have to buy them. If you have the original discs, all you do is put it in your Xbox, allow it to download an update, and you’re up and running
for absolutely zero dollars and zero cents. Free 99, as the kids say. All this brings me to one
of the most important points on whether or not you should buy a PS4. You might not actually have to. Sony’s already confirmed
that the PlayStation 5 will support not only PS4 games, but importantly, a lot of the
accessories such as PS VR. If you could pick up a PS4
for a bargain-basement price, I think it would be a no-brainer. But if you haven’t
actually bought a PS4 yet, I think, really, for most people, you’re better served just
waiting for that PS5. Speaking of the PS5, I’ve done an entire video all about it to give you a good sense
of what the performance will look like when it
comes out in, like, a year, and, like, three months or something?

100 comments on “Should You Buy a PS4 in 2019?

  1. I bought a launch ps4 back in early 2014, a pro in 2016… and a new pro just yesterday.. My reason was the launch model of Pro gets very loud @ 4k gaming..
    the new model CUH 7200 series is actually very quiet. the difference for me is night and day.

  2. I am not into details but what is ssd or drive he is talking about.
    My ps4 is 3 or 4 years old. Most of the stuff are alright except. It doesn't read discs sometimes.

  3. yeah man bought a ps4 pro a week ago at walmart for 400 an saw the one xs for 350 didnt think much of it then, then yesterday i decided to upgrade my original xbox one to the new xbox one x and i first went to best buy wanted 500 and only had star wars bundle which i own on ps4 pro, next place gamestop in the mall also wants 500 no bundle just the console, told them that it was 350 elsewhere and they kinda sarcastically told me i should go get the other deal, wont get into how all that went down.. lol anyways went to another gamestop… 500… went to a walmart(not where i saw one for 350 a differnt one) which is where id seen it at 350…. they were sold out but also wanted 500… so i went to another walmart(still notnthe one i saw them for 350 at) and bam, there they were in all their glory had 4 xbox one x all black tho id have preffered white… but all good, 2 are jedi fallen under bundle, 2 are gears 5 bundle along with gears 1-4 remastered and a month of xbox gold… and the price tag…. 350 bishhhh ahhhhhh i told them got my 30$ warranty and allat and they all told me i missed the holiday sales, laughed as i left in searchbof the price i knew existed…. well we will be playing the same consoles tonight, but im 200$ less in the hole than you prolly hehe… maybe not but allat really dont matter haha.. i knew i seen tht shit fa 350 3-4 days earlier so i went an found tht ish lol

  4. OVER 104 MILLION SOLD. BEST LOOKING GAME OF 2019. BEST LIBRARY ON THE MARKET.

    SOME OF THE BIGGEST UPCOMING GAMES OF 2020 EXCLUSIVES AS WELL AS MULTIPLATFORM GAMES.

    UH… WHY THE FUCK DON'T YOU OWN ONE ALREADY? 🤭🤭🤭

  5. I bought the PS4 Pro around May of 2019
    because I bought a 4K monitor so yeah. And my OG PS4 had no Gb left. I downloaded way to many games LMAO

  6. The Xbox is cheaper because they make they're money on the online pass and for those confused yes Psychiatry Plus can be brought but you can play most games online without it but on Xbox you literally frikin need the online pass I mean it's like they're forcing you

  7. Bought PS4 Slim 2 days back for $250 and I totally not regret it. Because I know it really well that PS5 will be priced from $799-$999. Take my words.

  8. 2020 my ps4 keeps crashing mid game during a match if the ps5 is the gonna crash while im playing i think im just gonna go back to xbox

  9. 1:55 No. You have no idea what you are talking about. You are NOT getting a whole lotta power by upgrading to a ps4 and you are NOT getting actual 4k. Stop fanboying and misleading people with your uneducated ass videos. Ya cool spend another 80 bucks for a few more fps and a checkerboard upscaling. Do not listen to this idiot. Get a ps4 base or just wait for PS5

  10. Im getting tax money in febuary
    Im so excited to get a ps4 with shenmue 3 and kingdom hearts 3
    I'm on my gpd xd plus (I didnt file my taxes for 6 years) Playing shenmue I and II and birth by sleep via emulation 😀

  11. I dont normally like videos but when you made that free ninety nine dad joke I liked and subscribed immediately
    …I love dad jokes

  12. No ps4 is not worth it

    i have a ps4 slim is look better than ps4 pro

    remember ps3 fat

    Sony not making ps5 more better than ps3 because they used ps4 modified with linux

    PSL5 for Playstation Linux 5 not ps5 because its linux is not theirs os

    Ps4 pro with linux installed
    until Ps3 than
    Ps2
    Ps1 was made by sony no help from linux

  13. I paid $220 for a PS4 Slim w/ Uncharted 4 on Black Friday in 2016. It’s shocking that people pay $300 for a slim in 2020. Wait for a sale.

  14. The PS4 & PS4 Pro do not output to 1440p. Instead you'll get either upscaled 1080p (PS4) or downscaled 4k (PS4 Pro) on 1440p display & it will not look as clear as a 1080p or 4k display. Not to say it will look terrible, but just letting people know beforehand that if you want to get the most out of the image quality, use a 1080p or 4k display.

  15. I’ll finally buy a PS4 & ONE when they offer 2TB consoles. Both companies did it with the PS3 & 360 in that they released the highest GB on the system; 500GB, so I am looking for them to do that again with the current generation of systems.

  16. Just get a ps4 lol. The ps5 is gonna be 100 bucks more, and we dont even know how reliable the backwards compatibility is yet. Sony has a wonderful track record but they can still fuck up. And I wouldnt wanna wait until 2022 for Sony to release a revision of the console to fix the issue. And by that time they will soon after be ready to release their pro and slim model.

  17. I do retro gaming. Games on cartridges. They last a lot longer than games on optical disc or direct download. What happens when Sony decides not to support the PS3 Because of network integration, your very expensive console and games will be absolutely useless. Excessive use of video and storyline means half the time you are just sitting there twiddling your thumbs and the Games for Everyone mentality has made games that aren't much of a challenge (I guess that's why Fortnite is so popular, you actually get a challenge). And the best thing about gaming on a SNES? How about the fact that you know nobody is going to try to hit you up for more money after you already shelled out a fortune on the game to begin with.
    And I absolutely loathe online gaming. You try and try and then some asshole comes along with a cheat and blows you away. Plus, you have to pay a fortune for a fast enough connection and then 100GB a month won't get you far these days.
    Anyway, I hope Sony has taken into account that 30% of the population are introverts in the design of the PS5. If they have, they can sell consoles to people like me and get another 12 million sales in the US. The only thing I want to hook my console up to is my TV!

  18. I bought a PS3 Super Slim in 2017 for 80 euro…I'm gonna wait until PS4 drops to 100 euro and then buy it lol, PS4 games already cost around 10 euro used so it's not gonna be too long!

  19. I had a ps3 in 2015. You will be fine if u buy a ps4 now. It’s just a marketing technique to make u want new stuff 🙃🤷🏼‍♀️

  20. Hey I haven't owned a gaming console before, please tell me someone which one should i buy PS4 slim or Xbox One s ? ( I don't care about 4k as I don't have a 4k tv)

  21. I know I'm late here but I just got my PS4 slim after having used the Xbox One S for about half a year. Let me just say… The One S is garbage all around other than the controller.

  22. Short answer – no

    Long answer – nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    When the next generation of gaming consoles hits, everyone will be selling their old ps4 for minimal price.

  23. What I'm basically hearing you say is: "Should you buy a PS4 in 2019? No. Buy an Xbox instead, you silly goose!"
    😒😒😒

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