After playing ps4 for a straight week now, I wanted to touch upon it and compare it with its predecessors ps1, ps2&ps3. Ps1 has had mascots such as the famed crash bandicoot whom became an xbox sellout, however it still claimed major sony only labels such as tekken etc, no action adventure exclusive only games to compete with mario, or sonic came around until ps3 it seems. Ps2 was a sports only console, its graphics were a major jump (the biggest generational jump), however imho the worst of the lot in terms of fps games (sony in general never deviated from adventure game genres or its third party supporters were always on top of the bar, ie spyro, crash bandicoot etc). Ps3 came around and had hit franchises such as Infamous, which would be the game to revolutionize game mechanics in 3d platforms (the bionic commando of the next gen series and just as difficult as any 8bit platformer to boot). Its theme took concepts from twisted metal 2, and comic book stylization to create some type of immersion. Ps4 however, after playing bf4 etc was not to much of a leap imho. It felt as if consoles are hitting the end of the line in terms of graphics. It just seemed like a smoothed out version of battlefield with 60 fps. However, the multi-tasking ability and web-browsing does put it to good prospects, the controller seemed less comfortable than the previous consoles. It tried to put in some type of flight sim feel, it actually works too, its better for fps shooters yet not platformers.
Controller and Case designs Vs competition..
Its basically the xbox 360 controller or the industry going a little backwards in terms of feel. They tried to make it feel like a simulator or a fairly akward game keyboard. Which works, because I hated the ps1/2/3 controllers for those games, yet if you are playing a platform be prepared to not press those buttons in a sweat driven panic like you did in your nes days. The controller is good and refined, however its battery pack seems limited with 3 hours of gameplay and its power button non-existent or hard to find. These are knitpicks, they arent really what make the console bad or good, just something to notice. The console however is what is to be expected with next gen gaming, specifically 3d gaming. Just don't expect to be pressing those air combos as easily..we'll wait for an adapter for older controllers. The full integration of keyboard and mouse wants you to maybe have more, like a ps1 controller. The kb/mouse should be used for games, as well as more crossplatform online gaming to centralize the industry, however this too must wait. Noone wants empty servers, and esp games closing there servers 2 or 3 years later (ala mk2, etc). The ps4 however is infact a real product, and after realizing it was upside down, when set on a desktop I managed to then notice its futuristic design, which imho is an A+ for innovation. The graphics are also a leap, but tbh a leap of ps2-ps3 not ps1 to ps2. The games themselves like world of war planes etc are interesting, but not enough to confirm an upgrade from your xbox 360 or ps3. The controller on ps4 and xbox one went backwards imho. The original xbox controller 'S' was correct, the thumbs were both positioned near center of the controller...best 3d controller since playstation even, if not for those tricky useless bottom buttons being akwardly placed away from the main 4 buttons. The controllers have sticks which are spread out and buttons which are too far apart (a few mms can be too far). As for a controller's function, i noticed the right when slower or more sim like (for racing games, tank games) will feel harder to maneuver with longer joysticks or a smaller controller, other games like fps games etc are fine. The vibration isn't a factor, the vibration is like maybe dreamcast quality for xbox360/ps3 so really good in terms of small vibrations to accomodate gameplay (n64&3rd parties was really bad at vibrations basically). The upright position reminiscent of dreamcast, actually made the console's controller suck in that way, also giving it a 'sim-like' feel, yet it worked for arcade games because the buttons were small and close together with a generic d-pad &its surface was flat, hurting the wrist just a little bit for that sacrifice. On ps4 this is not the case if it weren't for the slanted design. Larger controllers however are usually better for sim games then smaller ones eg xbox 360, n64 and dreamcast naturally. The design makes it feel like the buttons are too far apart because the thumb is registered straight (perfect for sims imho). The ps2's first rectangular design was by far the worst, whilst the ps4 design was the most superior, however ps1 will always be the most traditional in terms of conservative appeal leering aware from the tinted black color. To tell you the truth, if the xbox 360 third party makers just shortened their small version of a xbox 360 controller's joystick just a little, it would have been perfect..not only for fighting games but for sims. TBH, this is the best design, a small xbox 360 third party controller with short sticks. You will notice that technology moved ahead in the past few years, one very useful thing on this console is sleep mode, or standby mode saving all of your data at a current time to resume it later. The interface itself, a dashboard or wat not seems to be simple for ps4 (heard xbox 1 was tech savy or more complex this round idk americans seem to like advertisements moreso ie windows xp has commercials on your web browser via international ip addies, app integration or wat not..something idc for or i call spyware actually). Xb-1 has some type of rectangular shape reminiscent of ps2, and i thought it was too large. Unless being a dominate piece of a stereo system setup, one would never place the console alongside a vcr, small monitor or watnot. One would never turn xbone vertically either it seems. If one were to define it as a vertical console, it would be need made silver or white actually. However, microsoft always has a handle on the competition in terms of apps and interface, the franchises are usually on par with sony.
One thing I did notice about microsoft is they are more tech savy, the xbox 360 (haven't review xbone yet) is probably the best access to downloading games I have ever seen, given the ability to dl and install, instead of acting like a computer. The integrated ram also gave it that smooth gameplay feeling, games never slowed down or chopped up persay which was a huge disappointment in ps3. We think xbox one will follow this direction and possibly beat the ps4 in its game like the 360 did, however noone knows as of yet where both are currently tied in sales figures. Ps4 is too alien, like ps3, although simple to use, its webbrowsers and apps freeze, whilst xbox 360 never freezes or experiences technical difficulties. Sony in terms of app and console integration to pc is just behind bill gate's large dump he left 30 years ago. Digital unsigned signatures and open explorer put PC machines at the bottom of the barrel on this one, whilst proving microsoft won't last a few dozen years let alone 1000, being souly built with spyware integration for hackers and third party federal agents. Ever upload a youtube video to have a different video uploaded? The gov can do anything with computers...anything. Imho if not for printer support, quick key functions, and photoshop i would only use xbox 360. I am using it right now actually because my computer broke again. As for Ps4, a clean integrated interface is just not enough, yet a minor update can easily fix it. Ps4 seems to be for underground or pro gamers, like ps3, xbone is probably for a type of wider audience but that review will have to wait. The ps4 has a large future, but the future might be in a year or 2 in terms of games. Although sorcery is real, it must be temporary, or at least elemental and it cannot happen all the time, or when one wants. Imho if you are a pro gamer who wants to conform or become more conservative go for the ps4, if you are a gamer who wants to play games...don't upgrade or trade. However with games like Infamous second son appearing, its def worth considering. Until we review an xb-one, I'm out. For now, Ps4 is an elitist console...made only for elitists.