The Next Generation Has Arrived (Sorry for the Delay)

It’s been a while since I updated the gaming blog, but today is a special day – It’s November 15th, and it’s the date we usher in the next generation of interactive entertainment. The Playstation 4 has finally been released, and the Xbox One is due in another week. I attended a midnight launch and got my new system out of the box at 12:15am, and it wasn’t long before I was navigating the new UI and installing the day 1 update. I dabbled a bit in Killzone Shadow Fall, but didn’t really get into the thick of things until this morning. I’m too busy playing to give you a blow by blow, but I wanted to leave you with a link to my live stream:

TWITCH STREAM

This is where I’ll be broadcasting, so feel free to check it out. I won’t be playing day and night, so don’t be discouraged if I’m not playing. Just keep trying.

My initial impressions of the PS4? The user interface is really simple – It’s easy to navigate and the transitions are all smooth, even when you’re switching back and forth between games and apps. A huge improvement over the old operating system, to say the least.

My machine is quiet as a mouse. Anyone who was worried there would be any sort of ‘leafblower’ effect – especially due to the size of the console – shouldn’t be.

And yes, the size is small. The PS4 is about the same size as the PS3 slim, but its slanted, as opposed to rounded design, makes it appear even smaller. I know many are tempted to stand their console up vertically, but I went for laying it down flat. Why not?

I didn’t think I’d get such a kick out of the ‘Share’ button, but I did. It’s very satisfying to be able to upload a screenshot, video or even broadcast a gameplay stream WITH the mic on, at the touch of a button.

I know a lot of people gave the removal of ‘start’ and ‘select’ buttons some grief, but I honestly don’t think I’m going to miss them. The ‘Options’ button pretty much acts as a start button in-game, and also allows you access to a host of features/settings depending on the game or app you’re using. And besides, you can just press the ‘PS’ button and go back to the menu, and then go back into your game when you’re ready. Also, the speaker built into the controller is pretty slick.

Anyway, I’m off to play some more… but I’ll be providing some updates as time goes on. The games I pick up were Killzone, Knack, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Battlefield 4. Expect impressions on all of them as time goes on! HAVE FUN! And for the love of God, don’t HURT anybody if you’re out the wild trying to find one!

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