Just before I start this post I would just like to say that this is my 99th post on this blog. Within the next week you can expect my 100th post. The 100th post is going to be huge, it will change the whole format of my blog and I am really excited to bring it to you all. I have been working behind the scenes on this project for a few months now so it will be very nice to finally see it released. If you follow me on Twitter then you will have seen some tweets in-directly about it. That is the only hint you will get! Right after that intro I have an equally awesome post for you, my full review of the Playstation 4. Now this will be the first console I have reviewed so I hope I cover all of the relevant points.
DESIGN: Let's start with the design of the console, this console is a really stunner, if there was a bar where all of the games consoles hung out, when the PS4 enters the room she(I have given my PS4 a girls name, as should you!) would turn many heads. Moving on from that slightly weird analogy, seriously though she does look gorgeous, if you are a hermit and haven't seen what the PS4 looks like here she is:
CONTROLLER: That is the other major change with the PS4 the Dualshock 4, I can't stress enough how bigger difference you can feel just by holding the controller. When I first picked up the controller back in September at Eurogamer, I wasn't particularly infatuated with it and that gave me cause for concern. However as soon as I picked it up with my own PS4 I just fell in love with it, I think the first thing that will hit you is the size of it. This is considerably bigger than the Dualshock 3, and I personally think it is better because of it! It will take you a while to get used to it, but when you do it is simply a joy to use.
As you may know the start and select buttons from the Dualshock 3 have been replaced with the options and share buttons, and touch pad. As it sounds the share does nothing but takes screen shots/videos. The options and touch pad are the new start and select, with the touch pad usually taking the place of select and the options button taking the place of start. In the future I would like to see more games take more advantage of the touch pad. I can see it being a feature that will mainly be used in first party games. I know for a fact that there are sections of inFamous Second Sons that will feature the touch pad, I can't wait to see what Naughty Dog can do with it! All in all I think it is one of if not the biggest improvement between Dualshock 3 and 4!
GRAPHICAL CAPABILITY: The difference between the PS3 and 4 graphically is staggering, if you look at a game like Battlefield 4(single player) and then you look at something like Uncharted 3, the difference is huge. Now I know you want a difference that big, but this is just the beginning of the consoles life span, the graphics/size of games is only grow the longer the console is out there! Lip syncing has also been greatly improved between the generations, I know it is some what down to the game engine/developer but the console itself gives them the opportunity to do so much more than they could before.Most of the games you will play with be 1080p and 60fps, if you don't know what that means, it is going to look gorgeous and run very very smoothly!
THE BAD THINGS WITH THE CONSOLE: Yes it is a shame that a few things are done wrong with this console, but non of them are huge and shouldn't get in the way of your day-to-day gaming experience. The first thing is actually the share button, when you take a screen shot(by pressing the share button once depending on what you have set it to in the settings) it will take a screen shot. When ever you want to upload that screen shot, you press and hold the share button and it gives you the option to either tweet the shot, or post it on Facebook. I would have really liked to see an option where by you can email it to yourself or others. This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that you can only access your photos through the PS4, not through the Playstation website or something like that, I feel it was a big missed opportunity with the PS4.
My second problem with the PS4 is the downloads system, when ever something is automatically downloaded or you start something downloading, you have no ability what so ever to pause that download. This may not be a huge problem for many people but for me with a 1.8mb/s Internet speed any kind of download in the background means that I then can't play any multiplayer games. This is a huge pain especially as games for the PS4(Warframe for example is 50GB) are so big.
This brings me onto my third problem with the PS4, the memory. Now I know that in time there will be much bigger options available for the PS4, but to only have one 500GB(the size that was available on the PS3 at the end of it's life cycle) option at launch I feel was a wasted opportunity. I have already filled half of my hard drive with 4 disk games and 3 digital games. I have no films and no media other than the screen shots that I have taken.
My fourth and final problem is the on/off button. For some reason I can't make my PS4 turn of just my pressing the off button(or pressing and holding), which puts it into standby mode, but I want to turn my PS4 totally off. So instead of actually using the power button I have to go through the menus of the PS4(which sounds worse than it is)to turn my PS4 off. This isn't a huge thing but it is a bit annoying.
Anyway that brings me to the end of my review for the PS4 as a whole, if there are any points you think I have missed you can either leave your ideas in the comments or Tweet me or hit me up on Facebook.
All in all I absolutely love the PS4, and the bad things I have mentioned have little to no impact on your day-to-day gaming, they just would have been nice to see.
I feel as though it wouldn't be right to give a whole console a score, so I will leave you with this. No matter what your console preferences you should definitely pick up a next(now current?) gen console. They are a master piece in gaming design and I am very very excited to see what this next year will bring us. If you are a gamer, you had better strap yourself in because what is to come, will be know for years to come, as the best time to be a gamer.
As always thank you for reading,
This time we will be talking about the companion apps that have invaded the gaming scene over the last 6 months to a year.
At E3 2013 we saw the beginning of a new trend that would eventually consume a lot of the games we are now playing. If we take a look at some of the games that are selling really well at the moment, CoD Ghosts, Battlefield 4(still selling well regardless) and Assassins Creed IV, they all have companion apps. These are just the apps that work with the games that I will be playing, there are more out there but too many to cover here! So let's talk about each of those games:
Call of Duty Ghosts: Get it free here for Android. Or get it through the App Store. For the Ghosts companion app you will be able to customise all of you squad, as well as changing your classes, you can also access a map of the Clan Wars. Over all I would say this is a very useful app to track stats and do customisation.
Battlefield 4: Get the two available app free here for Android (Battlelog) and Android (BF4 Commander). Or you can gets both of these apps through the IOS app store. The first of these apps(Battlelog) is your standard stat tracker, though this time with the ability to customise your load out and if you are on PS4, PC or XB1 you can use the app to select you server and use the screen as your mini map. If you are using the BF4 Commander app, you will be the commander of that game, you can call in UAVs, EMPs missile strikes and more. Through this you will earn XP to contribute to your character, the only problem is you need to be level 10 before you can be the commander, so don't expect to go from level 1 to level 110 just by being a commander.
Assassins Creed IV Black Flag: You can get it for free here on Android. Or through the IOS app store, also for free. This app we let you use an interactive map of your game, so you can see what is around you and set destination, you can also view all your treasure maps, and deploy your ships to do battle on your behalf!
I would say that all four apps are well worth downloading, I would say that they all add a decent amount of depth to the game, not saying that you have to get them to enjoy your experience with the game, they are just nice additions. Looking ahead to the future and we already know that both Watch Dogs and The Division will have companion apps, we are sure to be in for a treat in the next year.
Thanks for reading,
Now that the Playstation 4 has been released world wide(sorry Japan) I thought I would give you a run down of the top 5 things I am looking forward to with the PS4.
1) Share Features: If you aren't aware, replacing the start and select buttons of the Dualshock 3, the Dualshock 4 has a Share Button and an Options Button. The Share lets you take a screen shot of what ever is on your screen at the time. This feature will for me personally be really amazing, you can expect many more gaming diary's with screen shots in them to come in the future! While the Options button takes the place of the Start button, opening the menu etc.
2)Naughty Dog: Naughty Dog are the development team and creators of(among others) the Uncharted series and The Last of Us. Both of which set a new bench mark for what a gorgeous games looks like and also how large scale stories can be told. With the teaser of Unhcarted 4 at the launch of the PS4 in NA, and then this teaser from Todd Stashwick who narrated the teaser, we are coming in to an exciting time for what is next from this First Party giant!
..We are sure to be in for a treat when we get more details of Uncharted which will likely be at E3 2014!!
3)Dualshock 4: The Dualshock 4 is the single biggest aesthetic change to the PS4. The size has changed dramatically, with the Dualshock 4 being considerably larger than its predecessor, also with the addition of the touch pad and light bar, we are sure to get some unique gameplay features such a menu navigation!
4)Better graphics: Obviously this goes without saying but the PS4 will be able to put out far, far better graphics compared to the PS3. The PS4 has a whopping 8GBs of RAM, where as the PS3 had a meagre 512 MB of RAM, that means the PS4 has 16 times the amount of RAM the PS3 had!! I don't know a thing about the in depth workings of the PS4 but rest assured, you eyes are in for a feast with the PS4.
5) PC Master race: You will only have to spend a few minutes looking though the comments of a gaming video on YouTube to see that everybody is arguing that the PC has better graphics and general higher quality. The key word wrong in that statement is has, no no no it HAD better graphics and a HAD a higher quality, but as we console gamers walk into the next generation of gaming, no more can they hold anything over our heads, we are for the first time in history; truly equal... for now!
That brings me to the end of all the things I am looking forward to with the PS4, and no matter your console preference the coming years are going to be the most exciting time there has ever been for a gamer!
Thank you for reading,
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My name is Ed, I write everything here, covering all kinds of games, but I only play them on the PS4!