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The Drunken Crow avatar 6:00 PM on 11.21.2013  (server time)
PS4 Impressions from Scuba Steve

Hey hey hey, how's your PS4 today? Don't have one yet? That's fine, don't be in a huge rush. 

I'm one of the lucky ones who has been able to collect my PS4 early, and I will say I'm quite pleased with the investment. From the earliest moments of installation, it becomes obvious the PS4 works fast. You'll quickly breeze through your setup, and be able to navigate the menus and PS Store. Of course there will be updates ready and waiting for you, however it won't take long for them to load either. I was pleased with how quickly I was able to download Netflix (it literally took seconds). My next big move was to download Warframe (I'd highly recommend other users take this action, it's free to play and quite frankly, the early launch library can use all the help it can get). 

The user interface is pretty easy and straight forward. You can join party conversations with friends, or you may simply resort to messaging friends via chat or text (nothing too new). The Dualshock 4 however makes this even easier with it's very clear built in microphone. I must say, the Dualshock 4 has modified the Dualshock 3, almost improving it in every way. I will say that the controller is spaced out a bit farther than the Dualshock 3, which took me some getting use to. The analog sticks are comfortable though, and the left and right trigger buttons (L2 and R2) are every bit as comfortable as an Xbox controller. If you are use to playing fps games with the Dualshock 3, you'll have to re-train yourself to use the controller more like a 360/One controller. Other then that, I'm quite pleased with the Dualshock 4's sleek design and all around handling. 

The share and option buttons still function quite similarly to the select and start buttons of old. Actually, the share button is very unique, and very convenient. The PS4 is constantly recording your gameplay, and the share button allows you to share videos and screen shots at any given time. You may even sync up to your facebook account and post these videos and images directly to facebook. It sounds kinda silly now, but I can see it becoming very big in the future. It brings the concept of gaming and social media one step closer. 

The PS4 itself is a pretty unique little design, very different from it's older sibling PS3. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the design honestly - it is attractive and still very compact, yet the rhombus shaping still catches me a little off guard. It is a sturdy brick though, easy to set up and easy to place (either flat or vertically). The system itself is a little noisy, but not too bad. The fans are pretty audible, but honestly they've got their work cut out for them cooling such a powerful computer. The glowing controller/system lights are also a neat little feature, they tell you how well your controller or system is functioning (watching The Hunger Games right now on Netflix, it's got a nice white strip across the front). 

For gaming comparison, I will be using the example of CoD Ghosts for the PS3/PS4. I recently beat Ghosts on the PS3, and rather enjoyed myself. I decided to kick the difficulty up a notch (for funsies) and just observe the unique differences between the visuals of the two consoles. Drum roll There isn't much difference to be seen between the two. The PS4 definitely has crisper textures, and the lighting seems a bit more efficient, but you're not going to be dropping your jaw. Honestly, a casual gamer will hardly be able to tell the difference at all. The truth is, your experience will be just as good on the current gen as this 'next' gen, so don't sweat the details. 

That being said, the PS4 has soooo much potential. Much like many of the reviews you may (or may not) have read, this system is all about potential. Killzone Shadow Fall might be your thing if you've played through the series, however other launch titles will likely leave you wondering why you upgraded so soon in the first place. However, if you are still into CoD, Assassin's Creed, or maybe even want to dive into Knack for a platformer, there is enough content here to keep you satisfied (as the gaming is every bit as tight as it is on the PS3/360). 

Ultimately, I'm very excited and feeling quite optimistic about the PS4. It will be fun to see how it and the Xbox One grow and develop over the next generation!

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