As excited as I was in the lead-up to the launch of the PlayStation 4 my expectations were exceeded when I finally got Sony's shiny (half not) console home. The PlayStation 3 had an often unfairly rough time over its (so far) six year life but all of the justified criticisms have been addressed in the fourth iteration. The UI is slick and fast, downloads happen seamlessly in the background thanks to a dedicated processor, the architecture is powerful yet easy to develop for and every ounce of its massive raw power looks set to be unlocked far sooner this time. Everything about the PlayStation 4 is refined to a wonderful sheen. The controller is comfortable and rich in features from the light bar to the touchpad to the in built speaker which gives games like Killzone Shadow Fall and the amazing Resogun an added layer of immersion. The machine drops to an almost silent hum in standby mode as it performs downloads and charges controllers even though it is off (sort of). The launch games provide a mere glimpse of what is to come with superb versions of Assassin's Creed IV, Need For Speed, Battlefield 4 and Call Of Duty Ghosts. With games in the wings from Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica, Sucker Punch and Evolution not to mention a host of third parties the future looks far brighter than even the great start it has already had would suggest. Simply the finest console that money can buy.