After spending the last two days with the new PS4 I have to admit it truly is a fantastic and powerful piece of hardware. Original set-up took me around 10 minutes in total and outside of the few tries getting the PSN to update 1.5 firmware, everything went properly.
One aspect of the PlayStation 4 console that really impressed me is the extremely fast and quick response from the new dualshock 4 controller and XMB which I will get into later. Obviously, the new system is expected to be fast but after using the PS3 XMB for the last seven years the difference is truly amazing. The new PS4 XMB feels familiar but also fresh, modern and new.
I was also presently happy to see PlayStation Network to finally be very responsive and quick. It's a breeze to navigate menus, download, stream and watch videos compare to the current PS3. Outside of the PS4 incredible overall speed due to new hardware, the redesign Dualshock 4 is a thing of beauty. New R2 and L2 triggers are finally improved, I found myself using them pretty much all the time in every game. The new controller also feels little heavier in your hands, which I don't mind at all. It adds a nice feel to the overall design.
The new clickable touch pad in the middle of the controller feels very responsive, during my play time with Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assassins Creed: Black Flag the touch pad was used in a light sense. Time will show how the developers will utilize the new gadget. I can see a potential with certain PC games, such as Real Time Strategies (RTS) make an appearance.
Overall, I'm very impressed with the PS4 hardware, it looks and feels next-generation, its has a lot of power behind it. The new re-designed DS4 feels very, very good and I believe it might even sway many gamer's towards the PlayStation 4 console, especially those who prefer First Person Shooters.
The console comes with the 500GB hard-drive, which realistically will give you 408GB of a free space. The rest is taken by the HDD itself and good portion also appears to be reserved by the PS4 for future updates.
If you are looking into upgrading, make sure you are purchasing laptop 2.5 SATA drive with no bigger then 9.5mm in size. It's a quick and easy process and it doesn't mess-up your PS4 warranty. Here is a simple, easy, step by step video on how to do so:
The only negative impact is the current mixed state of the PlayStation Network which is ON and OFF depending of the time of the day. Server maintenance is working things out and its expected for a launch of a new hardware. Server simply can't handle the large amount of people trying to use it all at once. I don't believe Sony themselves anticipated large amount of consumers. Either way, give them few days and the servers will be back to normal.
Some of my friends are still experiencing issues with online play with both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4. At some times they are able to login and play and other times they are greeted with server down maintenance error.
The two games I had been playing so far, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Killzone: Shadow Fall single play experiences are stunning. Reviews on those two games will follow up later on.
In the end, I'm very satisfied wit the PlayStation 4 and very much looking forward to the future games on the system. Kudos to the Sony team for a slick and future build platform, now work on getting the PSN back to normal. :)