Next-gen has arrived with the Sony PlayStation 4. And with that, the next generation of Call of Duty has also arrived. Call of Duty: Ghosts is out now for the PS4, which is out in North America (Coming to Europe/Latin America on Nov. 29th). We’ve been playing Ghosts on PS4 since launch, and thus far the next-gen experience has been great.

Graphics

The biggest difference from current-gen to next-gen is of course the graphics. Everything just looks better on the PS4 version. The lighting, textures, guns, buildings, etc. It all looks better. The PS4 version of Ghosts runs natively at 1080p, and the graphics are some of the best we’ve ever seen for a Call of Duty game.

The game runs at 60FPS, as it does on all platforms, but as other reviewers reported, yes the game does have some frame rate issues. Nothing game changing or significant that it would interfere with your experience, but it does happen a couple of times in the campaign and multiplayer. The drops normally occur if it’s an extremely hectic moment. We haven’t experienced any drops in Extinction.

Maps and Modes

Ghosts has the same maps as current-gen, but since Ground War is on the PS4 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the maps make sense. The map size are perfect for Ground War. Especially Stonehaven. With Ground War, the game fees like Call of Duty. The action keeps happening.

Another issue we thought that might happen would be limited players in playlists, but that’s not the case. The player count has peaked to over 36,000 players total, which is actually more than the PC players of Ghosts. There’s someone in every playlist.

Controls wise, Infinity Ward didn’t make much use of the DualShock 4 touchpad. As you can see in the image above, it’s only there to act like the select button from previous games. (And for some reason, they’ve done the same on Xbox One: they didn’t make use of the haptic feedback on the triggers.)

Call of Duty: Ghosts definitely looks amazing on the PlayStation 4. The graphics are much improved over any other Call of Duty game before it. If you plan on buying a PS4, Ghosts is must have game for the next-generation console. If you’re on PS3, there are plenty of options to upgrade the game for just $10 to the PS4 version.

Good

  • Graphics looks amazing
  • DualShock 4 is made for First Person Shooters
  • Ground War is back on next-gen, and maps work perfectly with it

Bad

  • Frame Rate issues
  • IW could’ve done more with the DualShock 4 touchpad

4/5

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  • Cell

    Can’t wait for Xbox One!

    • Josh

      Why? Microsoft only really cares about money now. The XB1 specs are no way as good as the PS4 and it’s more expensive – how does that make sense? Oh yeah….you have to get kinect with it and yet you would only use it once or twice. They even wanted to make you connect to the internet to play campaign intill they found out how stupid that was – even Sony found that funny LOL

      • Cell

        I didn’t ask u anything. I just said I can’t wait for X1.

        • Josh

          Did I say you did no, I am asking you a question.

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        Playstation only cares about money. Sure, they realize customer satisfaction means money, which is the point you are trying to make, but don’t forget that Microsoft and Sony are both companies. Their goal is to make money. If they didn’t care about money, they’d hand out consoles.

        • Josh

          Of corse they care about money at the end of the day – there a business. BUT remember they are selling the PS4 at a loss and are going to gain profit from games and accessories.

        • ZzZ85

          Yes, but where sony realized that CUSTOMER SATISFACTION means money, microsoft just realized money.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            Isn’t that what I just said?

      • alex

        Im pretty sure sony was gonna have DRM as well till they seen the backlash and just kept it a secret and bashed Microsoft

      • PS4isSOOOObetter

        These amazing specs have already proven to be there downfall.There are countless numbers of consoles overheating within the first 24 hours,many consoles not even booting up….

        Also that 1080p CoD so many PS4 gamers have been bragging about has caused massive framrate drops.

        Resolution < Framerate

        A little known fact about playstion:All thoughs DRM's that the xbox one had,the playstation also had.There's a reason they waited for xbox to reveil first.

        Kinect is a good tool,my mother for one doesn't know how to navigate an xbox 360 to find netflix,but with xbox one she could just say "netflix" and it's loaded up.

        • HoneyBadger

          “Countless numbers of consoles overheating within the first 24 hours” I have not heard of even one instance of overheating with the PS4. Most problems are occurring with the HDMI port being slightly warped which is an easy fix. By “many consoles not booting up” I’m assuming you’re referring to the blue light? If that is the case, all it means is that the HDMI signal is not being sent, and can be easily fixed by holding the PS button on the controller a couple of times or by launching the system in safe mode.

          Also, if I’m not mistaken, a patch to fix the frame rate issues on the PS4 is already in the works.

          Another apparently little known fact: There is no proof that Sony intended to implement DRM policies. These claims are purely speculative rumors and the fact that you try to pass them off as factual statements should say something about your credibility.

          I got a PS4 at launch, with Ghosts and AC4 and have experienced 0 problems. I have yet to even see a frame rate drop on Ghosts.

          • PS4isSOOOObetter

            I was like you once,I believed that Sony was amazing and could never do anything wrong,I’ve been gaming on playstation since crash bandicoot,all the way up to the last of us.That is until my PS4 showed up….and didn’t turn on,no there wasn’t any blue light….there wasn’t any light at all,I’m kinda going anti playstation ATM.

            As for overheating consoles,google “red light of death”.Just because it hasn’t happened to you,doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

            I didn’t know of the upcoming patch,maybe because I’ve lost interest in ghosts,the only reason I check this site is to make sure the next CoD isn’t MW4….

            Wether you wan’t to believe me or not it’s your decision,but the DRM policies are still built into the PS4,ready to be activated whenever sony so chooses.

            I’m happy that you actually got the time to enjoy your console 🙂 I was actaully super excited for the PS4,almost at TmarTn levels,but I’m mad at sony for sending me a faulty console,I’ll probably forgive them when they release uncharted 4,I’ll really forgive them if they make a new Jak game.

          • exeterman2

            Is an extremely small proportion of ps4 consoles with these problems, not many. It’s like 3 in 1000

        • Josh

          When you talk about the frame rate issues you are making it sound worse than it actually is. It is hardly noticeable and is down to IW not PS4. IW are trying to resolve the problem.

      • Matthew Del Corso

        Why don’t we all just settle down:

        • George

          This is fantastic.

    • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

      Same here but this comment was just looking for attention lol.

      • Cell

        Huehuehue

  • I can smell them,xbone fanboys incomming

    • PuddingAuxRais1ns

      Oh shit…….

    • HenryDF

      The moment they say Titanfall, I’m just gonna say Uncharted 😛

      • Im just gonna say PC

      • Shooter

        Titanfall and Uncharted and completely different games though, so why would you say Uncharted if someone said Titanfall, wouldn’t you say Killzone?

        • HenryDF

          Nah, because Killzone isn’t an exclusive worth bragging about.

          The Xbox fanboys think Titanfall is worth using as a reason for buying the Xbox One because it’s apparently a good game and it’s going to smash CoD and Sony etc.

          Uncharted is, and always will be, the best console-exclusive game ever. I don’t believe it’s going to smash Xbox, nor do I think it’s going to ruin any of their exclusive titles.

          However, the three Uncharted titles have been regarded as some of the best games ever. And a new Uncharted’s just been teased for PS4 🙂

      • Misogynist

        I’d rather just say
        PC

        • Tony Rambo

          Unfortunately Ghosts is shit optimised for PC 🙁

          • Thats another reason why i didnt get it yet 😀

          • Tony Rambo

            Hopefully they’ll fix it ;(

          • Jon Cameron

            There are problems but I’m having good enough fun with it 🙂

          • Tony Rambo

            Me too 🙂

    • Jugg

      I already see PS Fanboys are here.

      • HenryDF

        Well…it is an article about the PS4. What else were you expecting? Nintendo fanboys?

      • If you mean me,im not a fanboy,of nothing.

        • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

          Except dog bones and fire hydrants.

  • Emre

    not worth buying ps4 nor new xbox i am waiting few years.

    • TheShadowReaper

      get a PC then. why fall behind in the current gen. you may lose some exclusives but hey, PC has great exclusives too so its ok.

    • HenryDF

      Why is it not worth it? Make the most of its 7-year lifetime and just enjoy it.

    • coilover2005

      Reasons??

  • Jonathan Gray

    Playing as “Obama”

    Huehuehue

    • Jacky Liang

      Out of curiosity – is this because you can get some really short names in the PS4 since no one has gotten them yet?

      • Aphex

        If you get a PS4 it will use the same account as your PS3 unless you created a new one. Obama is the name of his squad member he is playing as where as many people can have the same name as they want.

      • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

        The character names can be anything. You are the only one that can see them. They are different from your Gamertag or PS username.

  • Batman

    I hate ground war, It makes the game feel dumb instead of call of duty.

    Will the xbox one version run ENTIRELY on dedicated servers?

    • HenryDF

      How does it make it feel “dumb”? It suits Ghosts perfectly.

      And to be honest, no one knows anything about dedis. We heard we’d be getting them, and we heard at launch that they were “rolling out”. It’s unlikely that either console will run entirely on dedis.

      I’ve noticed no problems on PS3, so maybe they are up, but I think the reason I don’t get issues is because I’m always the host – I downloaded of PSN and the load times are faster, I connect when the pre-match timer is at 55 seconds and then I wait for everyone else to connect.

    • coilover2005

      Wow. Surprised you feel that way. The Map sizes alone is reason enough to want 9v9. Especially for modes like cranked. Who wants to be running around a huge map like chasm trying to find one guy before the time expires. We all know with these spawn points that enemy’s only spawn behind you!

      • George

        “a huge map like chasm”

        lol Chasm is one of the smaller maps

  • HenryDF

    What’s going on these frame rate issues? I only hear about them and never see them. Can someone show me a video? 🙂

    • Sentrymann

      I haven’t noticed any issues ether, I think certain people are able to notice it more than others.

  • Ryumoau

    i got the ps4 version through the $10 upgrade. haven’t tried online since i wanted to complete campaign mode again first.

    • HenryDF

      I’m in Europe and waiting for the PS4 to come out, but I downloaded it and I should be able to download it for £10. I haven’t played the campaign on current-gen at all, I’m waiting for the PS4 since my progress won’t carry over and I want to play it in all it’s beautiful next-gen glory 😛

  • aaa

    can you switch to use L1/R2 for ADS and shooting?

    • HenryDF

      It’s now automatically set as “Xbox” controls – ie. L2 and R2 being ADS and fire respectively. I expect you can change it. I certainly will, and I hope I can play old PS3 controls and Tactical.

    • coilover2005

      Yes you can change it in the options menu in game and out of game. Same as it’s been in past CODS.

  • Fargo

    Sounds good. I’ll be picking this up when I go down and get my X1 for sure.

    • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

      Not sure if I want to trade in my 360 copy or be safe and have it for both systems. The struggle.

  • Siftblade of Rivia

    “The player count has peaked to over 36,000 players total, which is actually more than the PC players of Ghosts.” Lol.

    • DanDustEmOff

      Although I have and enjoy Ghosts on the PC, most of the community shun Call of Duty games because they have have chosen not to support the PC very well since WaW.

      • George

        CoDs just don’t really feel right on PC, they’re meant to be played more with analog sticks then a mouse.

        • DanDustEmOff

          Gotta disagree mouse and keyboard are ideal for any FPS game.

          • George

            I’m not saying that analog sticks are better controls for shooters, I’m just saying that since CoD is primarily made and optimized for consoles, they focus on how that kind of control feels as opposed to the mouse and keyboard.

  • TheoHamilton

    If you have Ghosts on PS4 add me (PSN: GreenGoblinTheo ) and we can play together.

  • Sentrymann

    Very fair review.

  • Super_Deluxe

    So is TDM 6v6 on the PS4 or 9v9? If it’s 9v9 then shouldn’t ground war have more players like 12v12 so there is a point to playing it instead of regular modes?

  • Does BravoIntel work for anyone else? When I try to go on in it doesn’t work

  • thebulky1cometh

    Kicking myself for not preordering ps4. Everywhere in Pittsburgh seems to be sold out.

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  • alex

    I know this is off topic but is your guys website site bravointel not running anymore? Every time I try to check it. It wont load? By the way a very good review. Im getting a Xbox one but will be getting a ps4 whenever a good exclusive is released and no not uncharted it is a good game and I enjoyed it but not worth me buying a ps4 just for it. Hopefully a new exclusive catches my eye or ill be waiting until The Last of Us 2 is released. I know it wont be soon but hopefully rather sooner than later

  • Bob

    Anyone know when they are restocking the ps4?