PS4…after about a week
So, I’ve had a PS4 in my home for a little over a week now. Time enough for the excitement of a new console to subside and determine if the enchantment is still there or not.
Short answer…it definitely is.
I had a couple reservations about switching over to PlayStation after being all about XBOX the last two generations. It was a better online experience, I liked the controllers better, Microsoft was the first to include a hard drive as opposed to memory cards, price, games, etc. However, all of those worries have been put to bed.
Sony has definitely improved their online interface. Everything works smoothly. The layout is great. I don’t have trouble finding anything (except where to put coupon codes which is hidden in the PlayStation store).
The new Dual Shock 4 controller is easily the best controller Sony has produced to date, but it would be nice if it was just a tiny bit bigger. The parallel thumbsticks took less time to get used to than I had feared. And the speaker in the controller is a nice touch. Oh, and built in rechargeable battery! That is incredibly helpful! I love it!
Hard drive and price…now, the addition of an internal hard drive came with the PS3, so I had that worry taken years ago. But price…last time, Sony came out of the gate at around $700 if memory serves. Could have been $600, but even that is a bitter pill to swallow. Not sure I could have made the leap at that price point. But when the console came in $100 cheaper than the XBOX One, it pushed me right over the edge. I was buying a PlayStation for sure.
Games…well, so far, this has not been huge for me. Now, it’s early days and we get a fairly limited selection on the launch titles every generation, it seems. However, I think Sony has yet to convince me with their first party games and exclusives.
Third party games are great and seem to perform better on PlayStation than they do on XBOX One. But, were talking about fairly imperceptible picture quality that would likely not change the enjoyment of the games on the console. So, I would say that any cross platform titles don’t tip the scales in either direction.
First party and exclusives however…well, I’m definitely excited for some of the games that are coming. ’The Order’ and ‘Rime’. ’InFamous’ and ‘Deep Down’. These all look fantastic. Plus, I know there is stuff coming that is sure to blow our collective socks off. But, not yet.
It does suck that some of the PS3 games I’ve wanted to play but missed out on aren’t available on the PS4. I wanted to give ‘Journey’ and ‘The Last Of Us’ a try. Also, I’m disappointed that ‘Titanfall’ won’t be coming to the PlayStation at all. It’s the one XBOX exclusive I’ve heard of so far that gives me any regret.
For now, ‘Resogun’ has been great. It looks gorgeous. ’Killzone’ also looks fantastic, but I’m just not loving the experience. ’Warframe’ is…not my favorite. I was looking forward to this, but the controls are just not doing it for me. But the cross platform games have been great so far. They play like a dream.
My PS4, all in all, has been a great investment. I’m very happy playing ‘Call Of Duty’ and stuff. Might try ‘Battlefield’ next. Streaming video services have been nice. There seems like very little wait in downloads and not experiencing lag like on my 360. I’m very happy with my purchase and expect to enjoy it more as all the new titles come out.
So, as I said, I am still rather enamored with my PS4. I love it. I hope you do also.