So You Want To Buy A PS4? (Holiday Purchase Guide)

So you want to buy a PS4? I bet you have a lot of questions. Like how much is it, or what games should I purchase, and are there any necessary accessories? Well luckily for you, Geeks Under Grace has you covered. This guide will cover everything you need to know and will provide a link to every single item as well for easy purchase. Essentially, this can be your one stop shopping place. Pretty easy, right?

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The PS4 is Sony’s latest and greatest video game console.  It is the most powerful of the new generation of consoles.  The PS4 boasts a redesigned and improved Dual Shock 4 controller and the ability to stream gameplay to twitch.  There is also the newly added game share functionality that allows you to virtually pass the controller a friend online (even if they don’t own the game).
The PS4 is not backwards compatible with previous generations of Playstations.  However, with the Playstation Now app, you can freely rent games from the previous generations to play on the PS4 via streaming.  The PS4 is home to franchises such as Uncharted, Little Big Planet, Gran Turismo, The Last of Us and Infamous.
The PS4 will run you about $399 ($449 if you live in Canada).  It comes with one Dual Shock 4 controller, an HDMI cable, power cable, micro USB charge cable (to Charge Dual Shock 4) and a 500GB hard drive to store games and media on.  There are some PS4s that come with a game included.  A downfall is that it will cost you $49.99 to play games online via Playstation Plus.  The upside to this service is that it includes full free games every month.

7 Must Have Games for PS4

NOTE:
– All game descriptions and quotes are taken from the PSN website.
– Videos shown for games may include graphical content and language.
– All games in this list are the personal favorites of the writer.

The Last of Us[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00JK00S0S]

See our review here.
“Winner of over 200 game of the year awards, The Last of Us has been remastered for the PlayStation®4. Now featuring higher resolution character models, improved shadows and lighting, in addition to several other gameplay improvements.
Abandoned cities reclaimed by nature. A population decimated by a modern plague. Survivors are killing each other for food, weapons whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a brutal survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together if they hope to survive their journey across the US.
The Last of Us: Remastered includes the Abandoned Territories Map Pack, Reclaimed Territories Map Pack, and the critically acclaimed The Last of Us: Left Behind Single Player campaign which combines themes of survival, loyalty, and love with tense, survival-action gameplay.
Video output in Full HD 1080p requires 1080p native display.
1 player
Network Players 2-8
45MB minimum save size
1080p HD Video Output”

Infamous: Second Son[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00HGLLRV2]

“inFAMOUS Second Son, a PlayStation 4 exclusive , brings you an action adventure game where surrounded by a society that fears them, superhumans are ruthlessly hunted down and caged by the Department of Unified Protection. Step into a locked-down Seattle as Delsin Rowe, who has recently discovered his superhuman power and is now capable of fighting back against the oppressive DUP. Enjoy your power as you choose how you will push your awesome abilities to the limit and witness the consequences of your actions as they affect the city and people around you.
Video output in Full HD 1080p requires 1080p native display.
1080p HD Video Output”

Resogun

“From Housemarque OY, the creators of the Super Stardust™ series & Dead Nation™ comes RESOGUN™, the next generation of shoot ‘em up, developed exclusively for the PlayStation®4 system.
Unleash a diverse array of devastating weapons including lasers, missiles, overdrive, and nova-bombs to blast hordes of enemies and rescue the last survivors from distant galactic colonies that are under ruthless attack from an evil alien invasion force.
• Massive destruction! Destroy hordes of enemies in worlds created from millions of individual building blocks (voxels) that break up in real time as you battle to survive as the world is destroyed around you.
• Push yourself to the limits in Arcade and level based Score Attack modes and prove your skills in global leaderboards for each game mode and difficulty setting.
• Join forces with your friends online and show off your skills and take down huge bosses in action packed co-op multiplayer.
• Welcome to RESOGUN™… an intensive, ultra-responsive, fully HD, 60FPS shoot ‘em up, only on PlayStation®4 system!”

Destiny[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00BGA9Y3W]

See our review here.
“Destiny is a next generation first person shooter featuring an unprecedented combination of cinematic storytelling, cooperative, competitive, and public gameplay, and personal activities that are woven into an expansive, persistent online world. Venture out alone or join up with friends. The choice is yours.
Personalize and upgrade every aspect of how you look and fight with a nearly limitless combination of armor, weapons, and visual customizations. Take your upgraded character into every mode, including campaign, cooperative, social, public, and competitive multiplayer.
Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Earn and wield incredible weapons and powers to defeat your enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost.
Become Legend.
Video output in Full HD 1080p requires 1080p native display.
Use of PSN and SEN account are subject to the Terms of Service and User Agreement and applicable privacy policy (see terms at sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/terms-of-service & sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/privacy-policy). *Online multiplayer also requires a PlayStation®Plus subscription.
1 player
Network Players 2-16
40GB minimum save size
DUALSHOCK®4
1080p HD Video Output
Online Play (Required)”

Watch Dogs[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00BI83EVU]

See our review here.
“Become Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past lead to a violent family tragedy. While on the hunt for those responsible, you will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information, control systems such as traffic lights and the electrical grid to stop a chase, and more.
Video output in Full HD 1080p requires 1080p native display.
Use of PSN and SEN account are subject to the Terms of Service and User Agreement and applicable privacy policy (see terms at sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/terms-of-service & sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/privacy-policy). *Online multiplayer also requires a PlayStation®Plus subscription.
1080p HD Video Output
Online Play (Optional)”

Driveclub[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00BGA9ZZ4]

See our review here.
“ONLINE PLAY FEATURES OF THIS GAME ARE AFFECTED BY SERVER ISSUES SOME FEATURES MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE OR UNAVAILABLE AT CERTAIN TIMES. We are working to solve these issues. Check out the DRIVECLUB Facebook page for the latest information on progress.
DRIVE TOGETHER, WIN TOGETHER
DRIVECLUB™ is all about you and your friends. It’s about teamwork it’s about everyone fighting for one another and earning rewards together in a Club – and more importantly, it’s about sharing in the sheer thrill of every race.
It permanently connects you, your friends and your Club, always allowing you to share your experiences, send and receive challenges, and keep up to speed with your Clubs performance.
1080p HD Video Output
Online Play (Optional)”

Assassin’s Creed Unity[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00J48MUS4]

See our review here.
“Paris, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once-magnificent city into a place of terror and chaos. Its cobblestone streets run red with the blood of commoners who dared to rise up against the oppressive aristocracy. As the nation tears itself apart, a young man named Arno will embark on an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin.
Introducing Assassin’s Creed® Unity, the next-gen evolution of the blockbuster franchise powered by an all-new game engine. From the storming of the Bastille to the execution of King Louis XVI, experience the French Revolution as never before, and help the people of France carve an entirely new destiny.
Video output in Full HD 1080p requires 1080p native display.
Additional hardware required for Remote Play.
Use of PSN and SEN account are subject to the Terms of Service and User Agreement and applicable privacy policy (see terms at sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/terms-of-service & sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/privacy-policy). *Online multiplayer also requires a PlayStation®Plus subscription.
1 player
Network Players 2-4
22MB minimum save size
DUALSHOCK®4
Remote Play
1080p HD Video Output
Online Play (Optional)”

Here is a bonus game that your kids will love (and you might as well).

LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00ECOAX9I]

See our review here.
“Join Emmet and an unlikely group of resistance fighters in their heroic quest to thwart Lord Business’ evil plans—a mission that Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously unprepared for. It’s a wild ride with a surprising mix of over 90 playable characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Green Ninja, Gandalf, Shakespeare, Cleopatra and more.
Video output in Full HD 1080p requires 1080p native display.
2-2 players
DUALSHOCK®4
1080p HD Video Output”

Here is a bonus game that adults will love but the kids should probably avoid.

Alien: Isolation[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00I19TYW2]

See our review here.
“Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien™, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.
As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien.
Underpowered and under-prepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
Additional hardware required for Remote Play.
1 player
24GB minimum save size
DUALSHOCK®4
Remote Play
1080i HD Video Output”

Here are 2 games that are coming out in the future that you may want to pre-order.

The Order 1886[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00DBLBMBQ]

“Pre-Order The Order: 1886™ now and receive The Knight’s Arsenal DLC as a bonus when the game releases! Upon completion of the game, equip Galahad with alternate Knight uniforms and powerful variant weapons including the explosive Arsonist Rifle and Arc Rifle Prototype which fires devastating bolts of red electricity. Each pack includes an interchangeable uniform and variant weapon. Play the game on 2/20/15 starting midnight PST.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE EXCEPT WHERE REQUIRED BY LAW.

The Order: 1886™ introduces players to a unique vision of Victorian-Era London where Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient foe. As Galahad, a member of an elite order of Knights, join a centuries-old war against a powerful threat that will determine the course of history forever in this intense third-person action-adventure shooter, available exclusively on the PlayStation®4 system.
• Where history and myth collide – Assume the role of Galahad, one of the most experienced Knights of The Order, and enter a unique vision of Victorian-Era London that fuses real historical figures and events with new twists on familiar myths and legends
• Danger on all fronts – Conflict rages in this 19th century London between enemies new and old. Rebels declare all-out war on The Order and the police state they represent, while mankind’s true enemy, a powerful and ancient foe known as Half-breeds grows in strength and numbers in and around the city.
• Advanced technology – Wield cutting-edge weapons and gadgets like the Arc Gun, Thermite Rifle, and Monocular, as you struggle to maintain peace and order amidst the growing civil unrest and Half-breed threat against humankind
• Filmic vision – The Order: 1886™ transports players into the stunningly realistic and re-imagined Neo-Victorian London, replicating the nuances of actual motion picture cameras and lenses for a more immersive and believable presentation
• Seamless narrative experience – Full performance capture for characters and scenes, combined with seamless transitions between action and story sequences, work together to bring the rich narrative, rife with conspiracy and intrigue, to life.”

Uncharted: A Thief’s End[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00GODZYNA]

“Pre-Order UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End now!

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE EXCEPT WHERE REQUIRED BY LAW.

Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.”

Here are some accessories that you might want to pick up for your brand new PS4.

NOTE: All descriptions and quote taken from the Playstation.com website.

PS4 Dual Shock 4 Controller[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00BGA9X9W]

“The DualShock®4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 defines the next generation of play, combining revolutionary new features with intuitive, precision controls. Improved analog sticks and trigger buttons allow for unparalleled accuracy with every move while innovative new technologies such as the multi-touch, clickable touch pad, integrated light bar, and internal speaker offer exciting new ways to experience and interact with your games. And with the addition of the Share button, celebrate and upload your greatest gaming moments on PlayStation®4 with the touch of a button.
  • Precision Control:
The feel, shape, and sensitivity of the DualShock®4’s analog sticks and trigger buttons have been enhanced to offer players absolute control for all games on PlayStation®4.
  • Sharing at your Fingertips:
The addition of the Share button makes sharing your greatest gaming moments as easy as a push of a button. Upload gameplay videos and screenshots directly from your system or live-stream your gameplay, all without disturbing the game in progress.
  • New ways to Play:
Revolutionary features like the touch pad, integrated light bar, and built-in speaker offer exciting new ways to experience and interact with your games and its 3.5mm audio jack offers a practical personal audio solution for gamers who want to listen to their games in private.
  • Charge Efficiently:
The DualShock®4 Wireless Controller can be easily be recharged by plugging it into your PlayStation®4 system, even when on standby, or with any standard charger with a micro-USB port.”

Playstation Vita[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B003O6EATE]

“Now enhanced for greater comfort when playing, the redesigned PlayStation®Vita system is the ideal companion device for your gaming lifestyle. The sleeker, slimmer, and lighter PS Vita features high-precision dual analog controls, built-in memory, longer battery life, and access to a universe of immersive PlayStation games, all of which makes it easier than ever to enjoy and extend your high-quality gaming experiences whenever you’re away from your console, TV, or PC. The PS Vita system — keep on gaming!
The PS Vita system features PS4™ Remote Play and more than 1,000 immersive PlayStation titles (including PS one® and PSP® system classics, immersive narrative adventures, and the most fun and highly-rated indie games), plus the promise of PS Now, and more.
Keep playing your latest PS4 games on the PS Vita system over a local wi-fi network when you’re lying in bed, hanging out on the couch, or otherwise away from your console.
*Requires sufficiently robust Wi-Fi connection.
More interactive. More intuitive. Highly precise. And deeply immersive. There’s nothing like the feel of the PS Vita system’s Dual Analog Controls for a superior gameplay experience.
Available later this year, PlayStation Now will give gamers access to an expanding library of PS3® games to stream directly to the PS Vita system, bringing console gaming experiences to the PS Vita system. Service may not be available in all areas.
Search funny videos, check your friend’s status, watch your favorite TV show and movies, stream music, and much much more on the PS Vita system.
As a member of PlayStation®Plus discover a world of extraordinary gaming experiences through the ever-expanding collection of great games available for the PS Vita system. Already a PS Plus member? Yes, then, add a PS Vita system to take full advantage your PS Plus membership.”

Playstation TV[amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00KVMHSUM]

“A sleek and compact console with a universe of PlayStation games available to stream and download.
PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together.
PlayStation TV is so sleek and compact that it can fit in the palm of your hand.
Stream a wide range of PS4 games from the PS4 system to your PlayStation TV via Remote Play over a local Wi-Fi or wired connection.”
Thank you for checking out Geeks Under Grace and our purchasing guide for the PS4.  We have other purchasing guides as well and you can check them all out HERE.  The PS4 is the go to system for third person adventure game.  Whether that would be a third person shooter like The Last of Us or a third person action game like Infamous: Second Son.  The PS4 has the most systems sold of all new generation systems.  So if you are looking to play online multiplayer shooters like Destiny, the PS4 should be your go to choice as the most players should be playing on PS4.

Jonathan Klassen

Just a small city, Christian boy from the province of Saskatchewan in Canada. Go Riders Go! I have a wife (Andrea), a son (Ethan) and another one on the way.

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