14 reasons why now is the perfect time to buy a PlayStation 4


PlayStation 4

  • Sony’s PlayStation 4 is one of the most popular game consoles ever made, with nearly 100 million units sold since launch in 2013.
  • In the last six years, dozens of excellent games have arrived on the console — and many have dropped in price since launching. 
  • Better still: You can find a used PlayStation 4 at this point for under $200.
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With about 7 billion people on the planet, there’s still a decent chance you’re part of the 6.9 billion who don’t own a PlayStation 4 yet.

Perhaps you were thinking about getting one?

Admittedly, it’s very tempting: At this point in the PlayStation 4’s life, there are dozens of excellent games. And the console is less expensive than ever before — a used PS4 can go for $200 or less.

That’s just the beginning! Here’s why it’s the perfect time to jump in:

SEE ALSO: The 10 best PlayStation 4 games for your new console

1. It’s less expensive than ever.

This is the No. 1 reason to buy a PlayStation 4: it’s a shockingly affordable console at this point.

Since launching at $400 in 2013, the console has dropped in price steadily over the years — you’re now looking at $250 for a refurbished PlayStation 4, and there are plenty of deals where you can get a brand-new one with a game for the same price or better.

As the holiday season ramps up this fall, expect a mess of these types of bundles. But also let’s not kid ourselves: at $250 for the PS4, you don’t have to wait for a deal.

2. PlayStation Plus continues to be one of the best deals in gaming.

PlayStation Plus is a paid loyalty program, and it’s a crucial addition to your PlayStation 4. Why?

  • It enables you to play games online with other people!
  • It gives you monthly discounts on games and movies!
  • And, most importantly, it gives you free games every month. Free! For the duration of your subscription!

What types of games? Really great games!

Games like “Bloodborne,” which appears later on this very list! And “Journey,” which is such a good game that it’s literally in the Museum of Modern Art.

As of this publishing, I have over 80 PlayStation Plus games in my PlayStation 4 library. I’ve missed a few over time, and there are some whiffs, but in general it’s a massive benefit that pays for itself almost instantly.

I can’t say this strongly enough: If you just bought a PlayStation 4, getting a PlayStation Plus subscription is a no-brainer. This should be your first purchase after buying the PlayStation 4 itself, no caveat necessary.

3. “Bloodborne”

Listen, “Bloodborne” is not for the faint of heart.

You see that monster up top? That’s not concept art. You’re the comparatively diminutive hunter in the foreground in this equation, and that giant monster is surprisingly fast. Do the math.

“Bloodborne” is gorgeous, gruesome, tremendously challenging, and easily one of the best games on PlayStation 4. Oh, and to be clear: You can only play “Bloodborne” on the PlayStation 4. Here’s a review my colleague Dave Smith wrote about the game — it goes into far more depth on why “Bloodborne” is so fantastic.

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