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PS4 Owner Impressions

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So I'm going to share my early thoughts on the console covering the hardware and software.

If others want to share their experiences in this thread that's fine, we can make it a sort of community thread.

So this is based on my first 4 hours or so of usage:

Hardware Wise:

Seeing the console in person is just great. The profile of the machine and the black color make it disappear into my home theater. I still don't like the glossy bit, but its a small annoyance. I have already wiped it down a couple times after handling it :laugh:. I will be laying mine down flat, but it looks fine standing up.

To get this out of the way, yes mine does wobble. It only does that if I happen to push down on that side of the console. I have tried a couple bluray movies and I have not seen any movement from the vibration of the drive, but I don

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Thanks for the information. Solid reliable info, that isn't tainted by blindness. The DS4 is a joy to hold finally, without feeling cramped.

I couldn't buy it day one this time (not a single must have games for me, nor enough tech goodies on it to fiddle with. I've always gotten every PLAYSTATION day 1 except for the PS4. But part of me doesn't regret it... Infamous will be my target date for the ps4...

How long does Resogun take to download?

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For me, the Resogun download was maybe 10 minutes.

I guess I was lucky to get it at all since PSN has been down pretty much ever since I got the game downloaded.

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How well does the voice control work? Or did you not get the accessory?

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Nice review man. To the point, with no fluff or ######.

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Awesome post

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All of that is pretty much exactly what I would've expected at this point given the info we've gotten. Sounds solid with a bunch of potential.

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SHOWOFFS!!!

I have to wait til the 29th :angry:

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How well does the voice control work? Or did you not get the accessory?

I didn't get a ps eye.

I was tempted, since I am a fan of things like voice commands, but all of the reviews I have seen say its just a poor experience.

There are too few voice commands and its not integrated nearly deep enough with the OS to make it worth it just for navigation purposes. Maybe if they improve that over time I would pick one up. Right now it just seems like Sony isn't putting much effort into that stuff.

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I didn't get a ps eye.I was tempted, since I am a fan of things like voice commands, but all of the reviews I have seen say its just a poor experience.There are too few voice commands and its not integrated nearly deep enough with the OS to make it worth it just for navigation purposes. Maybe if they improve that over time I would pick one up. Right now it just seems like Sony isn't putting much effort into that stuff.

So Sony basically went back to being more of a dedicated games machine that can do some media stuff outside of gaming?....

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So Sony basically went back to being more of a dedicated games machine that can do some media stuff outside of gaming?....

Sort of.

Their lack of focus on the ps eye is really not that different from how they treated the whole Move release on the ps3, so I can't say its different now.

To me, I get the impression that the software was rushed. Just from using the system, checking out all the menus and the apps. There are media apps, but they all have issues at the moment. It just seems like they ran out of time and decided to get certain things done first and then add more later. The shell or base is there for a system that does more than just game, but they haven't filled in those holes yet. If this was truly a dedicated gaming machine, the software/OS would not be as complex as it is.

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cool  i great little review

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for me i cant get one cause  i am broke  i  am  low income so yea not able to but  i hope to next year somtime  . unless someone get me one for christmas this year  so  i am glad tho you  gave your impressions of the system thanks

 

 

I wouldn't feel bad about not having one yet honestly. Wait until the games you want are out and then get it, maybe after a price drop even. The thing is, these consoles are going to be around for a long time, so you have lots of time to save up and get a console with a much larger library of games.

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yah!
 
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yah!

 

DELIVERY ESTIMATE: Monday Nov. 18 2013 by 8:00pm

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Excellent, congrats! You will be very satisfied :)

Now you just have to suffer through the weekend :laugh:

I expect a report on Monday.

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The DS4 is a joy to hold finally, without feeling cramped.

 

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I am very impressed with the new Playstation. I especially like the seamless flow of the social features, and being able to view other people's gameplay and chat at the same time. Everything is nice and responsive, and it runs BF4 just like a charm. Very impressed! I have my Apple wireless keyboard, and HTC one connected to it. The Playstation network APP lets you  use your smartphone touchscreen as an interface for controlling your Playstation, if they (your mobile phone and PS4) are connected to the same wireless network. 

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Thank you for the nightmares that I will have from now on... :-)

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Nice balanced review. I am honestly surprised that they have made the console wobble and that they haven't made the ui more cohesive, but in the grand scheme of things they are quite minor and not cancelling my pre order over them.

My main concern was that these things would be dropping like flies due to heat with the integrated psu but so far sounds like they've done a good job.

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Nice review trooper11. (Y)

 

Can anyone with one tell me how well it stands up vertically (without a stand) and if it has rubberized feet on the "side" like the PS3?

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Excellent, congrats! You will be very satisfied :)

Now you just have to suffer through the weekend :laugh:

I expect a report on Monday.

 

luckily it is a fairly busy weekend.  But as soon as I get a couple hours with it (either monday or tuesday night) I will definitely get a review up.

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Great little review with no fanboyism. This is the sort of thing i'm wanting to see before i choose which console to pick up.

 

Cheers Trooper

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Well after seeing AB's post about using the mono headset with voice commands, I decided to give it a try.

I've already mentioned that I don't like the earbud style of the headset. I certainly would not want to use voice commands like this, its just too uncomfortable and unreliable. But, putting aside that, what about the controls themselves?

Well reading through the commands that are available, I quickly confirmed that its fairly limited in scope. You can shut down the system, but not turn it on for instance. The limited controls also mean that your basically still using the controller for most navigation. Plus, the controls don't seem to work at all in any of the apps I tried, even Sony's own apps. I don't think there is any kind of voice processing going on, because it does not seem capable of identifying between multiple people and no software mechanisms for switching users just based on that voice.

How about responsiveness? Well part of the problem maybe the low quality mic in the headset, but I had to repeat commands for nearly all attempts. When a command did register, the system was fairly quick to execute it.

Overall, a lackluster experience at best. The PS eye mic must be higher quality than the headset so that could fix the registering issues. The main problem is that the system for voice control just seems sort of 'dumb', for lack of a better term. Its barely integrated into the system and features what seems like an incomplete command list. Now its completely possible they could overhaul the software end and really take advantage of voice controls, but right now, there just isn't much there.

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I would like to add that the voice control issues are not surprising to me. By that I mean I did not buy a ps4 thinking that I would be using voice control. Sony barely touched on the subject, so its not like they pushed it as a big deal or promised functionality that isn't there.

So finding out that the controls weren't that great isn't really a knock against the ps4, more just pointing the reality out to anyone that may come into the ps4 expecting it to be different.

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The only thing I could ever really see it being useful for is to quickly say PlayStation take screenshot.

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