Not too long ago I was pretty convinced that I was going to cancel my PS4 pre-order. I even wrote an article about it called Canceling my PS4 pre-order. Then I did a breakdown on the PS4 FAQ and discovered some interesting things. There were some negatives and some positives, but in the end it made me reverse my opinion on the system. I’ve gone back full circle and now I’m going to keep my PS4 pre-order.
The main feature that I’m interested in for the PS4 is the Remote Play support. I have a PS Vita that I never use, but that’s all about to change. I can use my PS Vita as a second screen and controller to play games remotely on PS4 from anywhere that I have an internet connection. At least that’s the theory. Sony has already said that it will be dependent on internet speeds. Anyone that has currently demonstrated Remote Play has done so within the same network. From what we’ve seen so far it works great, but if it doesn’t work outside of the house I might be a bit disappointed. For those also interested in the feature it will probably be one of the first things I test when I get a chance.
Another improvement that I’m happy about is the PS4 controller. I was never a big fan of the Dual Shock 3. It always felt too small and cramped. I felt like I was constantly throwing up gang signs just to hold it properly. That’s all changed with the DS4. The controller has a much wider grip on it to make it feel more comfortable. It also has a headphone jack on it so you can hear the game audio through the controller itself. To top it off, if you don’t have a PS Eye, you can still issue the PS voice commands through the headset. Unfortunately based on what I’ve seen so far, it looks like the Playstation 4 has a long way to go with voice recognition.
While the launch lineup still leaves a bit to be desired, I knew I was still going to need games so I ordered Assassin’s Creed IV, NBA 2k14, and Call of Duty: Ghosts from Amazon during their buy two get one sale yesterday. All 3 of those games I could have purchased on the Xbox One as well, but I figured I would want something to try on the PS4. Unfortunately the first party games aren’t fairing so well from other video game review sites. Knack in particular has some pretty poor reviews. Usually you would hope that first party games would be the games to showcase, but that just isn’t the case right now.
That being said I’m pretty excited to get my PS4 soon. Sony is having a launch event in NYC that is happening right now and running through the 15th (Thursday going into Friday) at midnight. You can go in and play on 30 different consoles they have setup. Some of the games won’t be out until much later in 2014 including Infamous: Second Son, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, Thief, and Dying Light. They will be selling 444 consoles to individuals willing to brave the cold. I might even try attending just to be a part of it all. How are you guys getting you’re PS4’s?