By Austin Norville ’15
8 out of 10
The PlayStation 4 was released Nov. 15 to great reviews and promises of incredible innovation.
The PlayStation 4 is similar to the PlayStation 3 in many ways except for the power of the system.
Game graphics are the best of any generation; they are cleaner and the movements of character models are smoother. One can see the difference from the last generation.
The launch titles were promising but underperformed, although this did not harm PlayStation 4’s sales, selling 4.2 million units in 2013 outselling Xbox one by 1 million.
Internet speed is greatly increased as loading time into PlayStation Network and the PlayStation store is almost instantaneous instead of the long loading time of the PlayStation 3.
I did come across a few problems as PSN was down.
The PlayStation 4 also has the option to use the PlayStation Eye, a motion capturing device similar to the Kinect of the Xbox. The eye is not included with the console.
Right now the PlayStation feels much like a PlayStation 3 with a lot less games.
The upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive games show incredible promise that should make the PlayStation 4 feel like an original console.
The problem with the PlayStation 4 is that it is full of potential, but, has not yet amazed me at this point.
Having TV and movies on your game console is a neat and great step, but it only worked half the time as the network was down.
The new controllers were awkward at first, but overtime feel very comfortable.
The track pad on the controller is a great concept but no games have used this feature yet so I have yet to witness how well it works.
Sony has taken large steps towards a future for gaming, but the console is all potential at this point. When the future comes I feel the PlayStation 4 will be the next gen console we expected.