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The PS4 started out the current console generation in a indisputable position of power. Since its early successes, the system seems to have been riding the line between momentum and complacency induced by the same quality. Now we find the console in 2016, generally on the same track with more than its fair share of impressive exclusives and evolutions, but also missing that certain “je ne sais quoi.” While it may be hard to objectively state what the system is or is not missing, it had a solid year defined by these signature moments, both good and not so much.
The PS4 Pro
The PS4 Pro was an interesting experiment, but it didn’t seem to quite hit the mass appeal that Sony was looking for. Not to say it was a bad system, but looking forward to the power of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, the PS4 Pro lands in an awkward middle ground of next-gen console power. Perhaps it just needs a handful of more games to show off its worth—like the upcoming God of War—but we’ll have to wait and see.
Uncharted 4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The PlayStation 4 cannot be celebrated as a gaming console with a mention of the venerable series. This year’s installment, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, wrapped the series up impeccably with the over-the-top action and gripping drama fans have come to expect. As a hallmark of the PlayStation brand, Uncharted 4 delivered on everything it meant to, truly giving PlayStation gamers an epic title to brag about.
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian would have had to turn everyone’s consoles into solid gold and dispensed cake in order to live up to its own hype. While it didn’t quite do that, it was certainly an enjoyable experience that the PlayStation 4 can be proud of. This exclusive came to PlayStation gamers by way of Team Ico, famous for a selection of unique, PlayStation experiences, and The Last Guardian‘s clever puzzles and beautiful design has done it well once again.

PlayStation VR man
PlayStation VR
Virtual reality finally made a name for itself in 2016, and the PlayStation VR was a major player in this movement. VR as a gaming trend is still very much in its adolescence, failing to hit the true mainstream audiences due to its current gimmicky reputation. Yes, PSVR is one of these, but while this may sound like a negative for the hardware, the simple fact it was able launch with a handful of engaging experiences and keep pace with the competition is enough reason to celebrate.
PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus, while originally disappointing due to its necessity to play multiplayer games, managed to stay in the public’s good graces thanks to steady pace of free, high-calibre games. The service got pumped up in price this year from its already steep asking point. This wouldn’t be unreasonable if the game supply had improved or at least stayed constant, but it took a noticeable dip in 2016 making the service one of the biggest drawbacks for the system.

Wrap-Up
Was this the best year that PS4 had? Certainly not, but that is not to say the hardware is lacking in reasons to own it. The PlayStation 4 has one of the most impressive first-party line-ups of any of its competitors, plus the successful launch of its own VR hardware. It could have been better, but not by too much, which leaves us with its 2016 grade.
FinalGradeB+

Grading the PlayStation 4 in 2016

Sony's console went into 2016 with a massive lead, but did it hold onto its top spot?

By EGM Staff | 12/28/2016 11:00 AM PT

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reportcard-top
The PS4 started out the current console generation in a indisputable position of power. Since its early successes, the system seems to have been riding the line between momentum and complacency induced by the same quality. Now we find the console in 2016, generally on the same track with more than its fair share of impressive exclusives and evolutions, but also missing that certain “je ne sais quoi.” While it may be hard to objectively state what the system is or is not missing, it had a solid year defined by these signature moments, both good and not so much.
The PS4 Pro
The PS4 Pro was an interesting experiment, but it didn’t seem to quite hit the mass appeal that Sony was looking for. Not to say it was a bad system, but looking forward to the power of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, the PS4 Pro lands in an awkward middle ground of next-gen console power. Perhaps it just needs a handful of more games to show off its worth—like the upcoming God of War—but we’ll have to wait and see.
Uncharted 4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The PlayStation 4 cannot be celebrated as a gaming console with a mention of the venerable series. This year’s installment, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, wrapped the series up impeccably with the over-the-top action and gripping drama fans have come to expect. As a hallmark of the PlayStation brand, Uncharted 4 delivered on everything it meant to, truly giving PlayStation gamers an epic title to brag about.
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian would have had to turn everyone’s consoles into solid gold and dispensed cake in order to live up to its own hype. While it didn’t quite do that, it was certainly an enjoyable experience that the PlayStation 4 can be proud of. This exclusive came to PlayStation gamers by way of Team Ico, famous for a selection of unique, PlayStation experiences, and The Last Guardian‘s clever puzzles and beautiful design has done it well once again.

PlayStation VR man
PlayStation VR
Virtual reality finally made a name for itself in 2016, and the PlayStation VR was a major player in this movement. VR as a gaming trend is still very much in its adolescence, failing to hit the true mainstream audiences due to its current gimmicky reputation. Yes, PSVR is one of these, but while this may sound like a negative for the hardware, the simple fact it was able launch with a handful of engaging experiences and keep pace with the competition is enough reason to celebrate.
PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus, while originally disappointing due to its necessity to play multiplayer games, managed to stay in the public’s good graces thanks to steady pace of free, high-calibre games. The service got pumped up in price this year from its already steep asking point. This wouldn’t be unreasonable if the game supply had improved or at least stayed constant, but it took a noticeable dip in 2016 making the service one of the biggest drawbacks for the system.

Wrap-Up
Was this the best year that PS4 had? Certainly not, but that is not to say the hardware is lacking in reasons to own it. The PlayStation 4 has one of the most impressive first-party line-ups of any of its competitors, plus the successful launch of its own VR hardware. It could have been better, but not by too much, which leaves us with its 2016 grade.
FinalGradeB+
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