As far as the PlayStation 4 goes, I am in love. I like the newly designed XMB, as well as the way the system feels. I was impressed by how small the hardware really is. The box was a lot smaller than I was expecting. This model PS4 has 500gb. The console came complete with a DualShock 4 controller, power cord, HDMI, earpiece headset and charging cord for the controller.
I’ll start with the DualShock 4. I feel like Sony did a good job with the redesign. The controller has a really nice feel to it. The R2 and L2 buttons have been changed into triggers. Instead of "start" and "select", we now have “share” and “options” buttons, and you probably already know about the controller’s new touchpad. I like it. The PlayStation 4 has seemed to right the wrongs from the PS3. We can finally cross game chat now, which PlayStation users have been asking for for a while now.
Another thing that I really like is how my PSN ID transferred over to the PS4. All of my info, PlayStation Plus, and trophy information carried over. I have noticed though, that in my short time of playing that there have been a few network connection problems, but that can be expected, especially with the servers being overloaded on Day 1.
I wanted to show you the system’s XMB, but the PS4 only supports HDMI. I have a Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition, which uses the component cables, so unless your capture device supports HDMI cables, then you won’t be able to record. Looks like I’ll be investing in a new HD PVR. As I mentioned earlier, THERE IS a share button, giving you the ability to livestream directly from your console, which sounds pretty cool. I’ve never been much of a “live streamer” but I might have to try it out sometime down the road.
One more addition I feel worth mentioning is the new PlayStation App available for your phone or tablet. You sign in with your PSN account, and gain access to your profile, PSN store, trophies, invites, settings… You name it! You can even use the app to power your system on and off. I also noticed this second screen function but I’m not sure what that does just yet. It looks promising, though.
As we reach the dawn of a new gaming era, I look to the horizon with hope and optimism. This is just the beginning. I can’t wait to see what more the PlayStation 4 has in store for us, a the soon-to-be-released Xbox One. Greatness awaits!