[First Impressions] Sony PlayStation 4

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After a very anticipated wait, the PS4 is finally among us. Much to my delight I was able to reserve one at Gamestop before they sold out (and they sold out fast I’m told). To make this easy for everyone, and instead of giving you a long and drawn out essay, I will simply list the simple pros and cons of this beast and let the readers decide for themselves what purchase they will be making this holiday season (or later).

Pros

  • Right out of the box this behemoth comes with a 500 GB hard drive. I realize this isn’t a big deal to everyone, but understand that I had the 160 GB version of the PS3 and never thought I would fill it. 4 months later I’m scrambling to delete games and large save files so I can download a new game (it should be noted at this point that I was unaware that you could swap out the PS3 hard drive for a laptop hard drive until a couple months ago). The other reason I’m happy with the bigger hard drive is that you get several free games each month when you sign up for Playstation Plus and that adds up fast.
  • The processor is ridiculously faster than its predecessor. The load times, while nowhere near instant are much noticeably faster. I’m looking forward to putting this through its paces when large RPGs start emerging for the PS4.
  • As far as the list of launch titles go I’m listing this one last because it’s almost a con. I picked up Call of Duty: Ghosts and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, mostly so that I would have some games to play with my signifcant other and therefore justify my video game addiction. They’re both fun, but it’s really nothing we haven’t already seen from previous games in those series. Ghosts got a modern update…great. I will however praise LEGO Marvel for giving the player so many Marvel references it will make your head spin…and I’m about 14% of the way through.
  • I really like the controller. They didn’t change so much that I’m freaking out that it’s no longer a Sony controller. I’ve yet to fully utilize the touch pad, but I’m hoping that gets used more (right now the only time I’ve used it is to bring up the map in LEGO Marvel). I did download a game called Resogun that uses the speakers on your controller to scare the crap out of you the first time you play the game and don’t expect your controller to talk to you.

Cons

  • No YouTube app. Seriously?? While I’m sure this will be rectified before Christmas time (fingers crossed) it’s just annoying that they don’t have an app for one of the most popular websites in existence.
  • Lack of titles. I realize I already mentioned this, but I would have blown so much more money had there been a decent RPG (or three) at launch.
  • The majority of my friends not owning one yet. This obviously isn’t Sony’s fault, but it’s a con of mine nonetheless.

There you have it. I hope this helps in deciding what (if any) console you plan to purchase. I’m excited for the future line up (Kingdom Hearts 3, Diablo 3, FFXV, Infamous: Second Son) and I’m sure there will be plenty more to keep me happy until we get the PS5… Haha

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