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The PS4: One Month In

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Posted on December 23, 2013 AT 12:07am

Over one month has passed since the PlayStation 4 has been released in North America and I’ve gotten a chance to spend a good deal of time with it. There have been promised features that have panned out quite well and others that haven’t lived up to expectations. With much of the hype having dissipated, let’s take a sober look at how the brand new next-generation system has fared thus far.

Graphical Improvements:

Graphically, games have been benefitting already from the hardware upgrades in the PS4. I hate to say that I’m already becoming a little spoiled when it comes to going back to some games on the PS3. Textures are much more detailed and draw distance, specifically in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, are much improved over the last-generation versions. It’s exciting to wonder about the games that’ll receive a bit more development time in the years to come that will come out for the new systems. If these early attempts are anything to indicate, we’re in for a good generation of home consoles yet again.

Steady Stream of Indie Titles:

Have there been a decent of amount of indie titles released thus far for PS4? Sure, there are some out there. At the same time, a fair amount of the expected titles have been pushed into the next year, leaving a slight drought of games for the system. Honestly, I’m not at all surprised by this one, because it is fairly typical of a new system release. It’s hard to get those games out on time when you’re developing for brand new hardware.

Streaming:

I have mixed feelings on this one. On one side, it’s a pretty outstanding thing to be able to easily share the games I’m playing with my friends and family. It’s also thrilling to see that people are watching you play and it adds an extra level of excitement to playing. On the other hand, you have to be pretty thick-skinned when the viewers who are strangers begin to pile up. Having a certain amount of anonymity, my experience is that they don’t hold back on offering their criticisms of both you and your play style.

Controller:

Sony heard the criticisms that had been expressed about the controller for the PS3 and improved it quite a bit. The layer of the buttons are generally the same, but the feel has been altered in many ways for the best. The material it’s made out of fells less cheap than before, which makes it feel more substantial and less fragile in your hands. The triggers have been upgraded as well, adding ridges on the back to keep your fingers more firmly on there. One of my favorite features though, is the ability to pump all game audio through any headphones attached to controller. It makes it easy to game silently, when someone else in the room doesn’t want to be distracted.

Overall, I’ve been very satisfied with my PS4 purchase thus far. The system has a significant amount of pep afforded by the extra power that has made it not only my preferred gaming platform over the last month, but my favorite video streaming device as well. The new system still has a lot of promises to live up to, but it’s off to a good start.



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