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My first 72 hours with Next Gen hardware

As everyone and their mother's know by now, Next Gen is upon us and finally here. I started it off on Friday, November 15th, alongside of thousands of other Americans, and can tell you Next Gen is definitely welcomed.

I pre-ordered both the Xbox One and PS4 and I can honestly tell you that I was not all that excited about the PS4 (even though I was going to buy it regardless). However, after spending some hands on time with it, I am very pleased to say that I am impressed. Not only is the system sleek, and pretty to look at, but the real catch for me was the Dualshock 4. My favorite controller is the 360's, and I never liked the Dualshock 3. It felt to slick, and cheap; personally. But the Dualshock 4 changes this. The controller is thicker, and more comfortable with a firm grip and analog sticks that don't slip or butt into each other. The touch pad is interesting, and it's too early to say if it's going to be here to stay. Killzone utilizes this touch pad well by allowing you to issue commands to your drone (Owl) with a swipe of the finger.

While I enjoy the system, and the user-face, I am extremely underwhelmed with the launch titles of the PS4. This is partially my fault, as I always buy cross-platform games for the 360, and am carrying this tradition over to the next gen with the Xbox One. So I will buying AC4 and Battlefield on the X1. Regardless, it doesn't excuse the fact there is not enough 1st party titles for the PS4 at launch. I bought my PS4 with only Killzone, and downloaded both Contrast and Resogun for free thanks to PSN (both are awesome games by the way). Knack never peaked my interest, and after the reviews came out, that just sealed the deal. So even without the multiplatform games, the PS4's lineup still falls short compared to the X1's when it comes to exclusives like Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Forza 5, and Killer Instinct.

With that said, Killzone is great. It's not "mind blowing" in terms of gameplay as it's pretty standard fair FPS (it is solid though), but the graphics truly grasp the look of a next gen title. I caught myself stopping mid game, to just look at it and even took some pictures of it to show it off at work. Truly remarkable how far games have come, and this game showcases it graphically.

Anyways, I just wanted to put in my two cents about the next gen so far. If anyone reading this picked up a PS4 or is planning to get the Xbox One this Friday, feel free to post your thoughts etc.Regardless of your preference, we can all agree that it is a great year to be a gamer.

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PS4 is amazing...ds4 is awesome....

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@whatsazerg said:

I"m glad you're liking the PS4... but why in the world would you buy your multiplats for the X1? You'd rather your games run in 720p vs 1080p? I was the same as you last gen, buying my games for 360 and my PS3 was a device that played exclusives.... but not this new gen.... PS4 is the obvious choice when it comes to multiplats.

Because gaming on XB1 will be better than gaming on PS4. My XB1 will be my main console because I intend on taking full advantage of everything XB1 has to offer - it will be my main media hub. My PS4 (when I eventually get one), will just be a direct connect to my TV and used for exclusives.

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@Pray_to_me said:

Pretty dumb to get inferior multiplats on xbone just cuz ur a fanboy.

Cows gonna cow...

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Well when I was walking out of Best Buy at the midnight launch my PS4 started smoking? Not sure what happened but apparently it was a lemon so I will just have to exchange it.

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@whatsazerg said:

I"m glad you're liking the PS4... but why in the world would you buy your multiplats for the X1? You'd rather your games run in 720p vs 1080p? I was the same as you last gen, buying my games for 360 and my PS3 was a device that played exclusives.... but not this new gen.... PS4 is the obvious choice when it comes to multiplats.

Not every single multiplatform game I'm buying will be only on the X1. When games like FFXIII released, I bought that game on the PS3 because none of it was compressed on to disc. And it was significantly superior to the 360 version. When games are drastically inferior on the X1, I'm getting it for the PS4. The up-scaled 720p on Ghosts isn't bad enough to make me switch, and the core reason being is the controller. I said I love the Dualshock 4, and I do. But I have always loved the Xbox's controller for shooters.

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@Pray_to_me said:

Pretty dumb to get inferior multiplats on xbone just cuz ur a fanboy.

A fanboy? LMAO how so? I've owned both the Xbox 360 and PS3 at launch, and a fanboy wouldn't get both systems; and praise the opposing system, genius. If anyone here is the fanboy, it's obviously you. Secondly, when games like FFXIII released, I bought that game on the PS3 because none of it was compressed on to disc. When games were TRULY inferior on the 360, I would buy it for the PS3 (FFXIII, Arkham Asylum, Darksiders etc). I would do the multiplatform games on the 360 for two reasons: achievements (I prefer over trophy's, mind you) and the controller.

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@whatsazerg said:

buying my games for 360 and my PS3 was a device that played exclusives.... but not this new gen.... PS4 is the obvious choice when it comes to multiplats.

i was wondering about this too. last gen it didn't really matter. or actually the X360 was often slightly better for multiplats. now they seem to be more than slightly (noticeable resolution differences) better on PS4.

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I've enjoyed my PS4 thus far, It's exceeded all expectations. I'm buying all mulit plats on it this gen. Xbone, when I get it, will be used for exclusives.

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I"m glad you're liking the PS4... but why in the world would you buy your multiplats for the X1? You'd rather your games run in 720p vs 1080p? I was the same as you last gen, buying my games for 360 and my PS3 was a device that played exclusives.... but not this new gen.... PS4 is the obvious choice when it comes to multiplats.

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@AmazonTreeBoa said:

@2mrw said:

@Animal-Mother said:

Next gen was upon us last year.

I have no idea what you are talking about?

Wii U fans desperate to fit in.

get it while its still hot

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@2mrw said:

@Animal-Mother said:

Next gen was upon us last year.

I have no idea what you are talking about?

Wii U fans desperate to fit in.

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Pretty dumb to get inferior multiplats on xbone just cuz ur a fanboy.

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@Animal-Mother said:

Next gen was upon us last year.

I have no idea what you are talking about?

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Next gen was upon us last year.

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Look forward to trying the DS4 out! I'm expecting something pretty frigging sweet after all these glowing reports :P

Wish I could afford a PS4 in time for the UK launch! Though sadly, as a lowly unemployed graduate and just another statistic, I won't be picking one up til after the new year (as it would appear I'm inline for a job, though wouldn't be starting til December ¬¬) .

They had me since the February reveal; and after Microsoft's shamble of a reveal I swore off it until it knew exactly what it was (and also when Microsoft hire some decent PR folk who don't ooze arrogance and spout ridiculous shit that only the misinformed would believe. The consoles above that, and they should get it's actual, down to Earth creators to show off what it can do, not some jockey who doesn't know his arse from his elbow and can't give a straight answer to the simplest questions).

PS4 just has that PSX vibe I've been jiving for this past decade. The current consoles just don't have the same identity - hard to explain!

On the same note, XBO is slowly reminding me of the original Xbox, though it's nostalgia is admittedly not as strong.

Overall, I'm sure both will be excellent in their own right, though I'll be sticking with PS4 til a non-kinect bundle hits the market and a better selection of exclusives land. I know Sony's first party are a safe bet, and by the second or third year I expect they will have given us a taste of what next gen is all about. Pretty excited!

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