PlayStation 4: First Impressions Out of the Box

Picked up my pre-ordered PlayStation 4 from GameStop Friday morning and I have to say that it has made a good first impression on me. And this comes from someone who has been a happy and satisfied Xbox gamer for the past few years.
Not going to bore you with a long, detailed review of the console because there are plenty of them out there, but I will say that the Sony has made some much needed improvements to the successor of the PS3 that make this the console to pick up for those who are more into gaming than the entertainment features that seems to be the focus of the Xbox One, which I consider more of an ‘entertainment’ console than a gaming console.
PS4 new user interface
The PlayStation 4 itself is an attractive device. It has a sleek, futuristic design unlike consoles of the past. Connections on the console are simple. You have two USB on the front and on the back you have ports for power, optical audio, Ethernet, HDMI and an dedicated port that’s used for the PlayStation Camera.
Available ports
The DualShock 4 is one of the most comfortable controllers I’ve ever used. Along with the typical gaming-related buttons, the controller has a 3.5mm headset jack, a clickable touch pad, a light bar that changes color, and a speaker. After using it for awhile, it makes the old PS3 controller feel weird to hold.

Outside of just generally gaming (currently playing Call of Duty: Ghosts and Killzone; Shadow Fall), I am looking forward to seeing how Live Streaming and Remote Play with the PS Vita works. Sony also released a PlayStation app for iOS and Android devices to expand the gaming social experience. For those who also want to watch a movie or TV show from their console, the PS4 has several apps that allow access to popular media services such as Hulu, Netflix, Vudu, Redbox, and Amazon, with more to come (hopefully Neon Alley and CinemaNow which are available on the PS3).

So far I have been very happy with my decision to purchase the PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One. While the available games at launch is not the best, there are plenty of games coming out over the next few months and in 2014 that I am looking forward to playing.

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