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:
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
. 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’t have a game disc, so I don’t know if vibrations might be triggered when accessing a game at the full 6x speed.
Regarding sound levels, I wasn’t able to do exact measurements or anything, but to my ear, the ps4 is louder than my ps3 slim or 360 S. Its not 'loud' as in annoying like that video that was posted. I would still call it quiet, but you can hear it if you try to listen for it. I would have tested the bluray drive sound, but again, I don't have a game disc. Movie playback was fairly quiet, but that is only at 1x speed.
The console definitely is pushing hot air out the vents, which is a good thing. I haven't felt any extreme heat from the console itself, just the warm air from the vents. So far so good on that point. I'll keep an eye on that when I'm really taxing the system.
So unfortunately I ran into a bit of an issue right off the bat. I had already downloaded the patch to a flash drive, but when I went to use it, the drive wouldn't fit. My flash drive isn't the smallest in the world, so I was worried about that after hearing some comments about the usb port placement. Sure enough, mine wont fit. Still, not the end of the world, I just pulled out a usb extension cable and pushed forward.
Then there is the controller. Wow, just wow. I can't get over how much better it is over the DS3. I've always had an issue with that style of controller, but Sony has been able to tweak the design just enough to really improve it for me. I don't feel cramped at all (thanks to the greater space between the sticks and the overall size increase vs the DS3), its just very comfortable to hold in my hands. I'm still not sure about the touchpad usage wise, but as far as all the traditional controls are concerned, I have no complaints at all. I can't wait to actually jump into more games with it (Infamous!)
The packed in mono headset is honestly rubbish, but that really shouldn't be a surprise. I have a nice set of Sennheisers and plugged it into the controller, which worked fine. I'm going to compare the audio quality of this vs plugging my head phones into my receiver like I usually do because I have a feeling that your going to lose a lot transmitting it all over Bluetooth.
The setup process and patch install went on without a hitch, nothing exciting to note, just your standard setup of personal settings, psn id, etc etc. I was done with all of that and place on the dashboard in about 10 minutes (I didn't have to dl the patch, so that saved some time of course)
My experience jumping through the UI is one of love/hate kind of thing. On the one hand, jumping around was fast and reliable, just like what I saw in demos, on the other hand the navigation is still a pain in some places thanks to a mix of deeply nested text menus and strange 'styles' for lack of a better term, as if parts of the OS were built by different groups. You can use the old style xmb menus for various settings just by flicking up, so if you prefer that style, at least the options if there to use it. The activity feed is especially annoying. There was little populating it when I started up of course, but it hasn't taken long to grow. I can only imagine how much worse it will be after weeks and months of use. If only there were filter options or an option to disable it completely.
The PSN Store is probably the biggest improvement for me personally. They really have made it better vs the ps3. It can get better though since it lacks much in the way of options to organize what your looking through. Still, I'm happy to see it getting better.
I'll be testing out stuff like adding friends and messaging later. I did try out apps that are out so far. For some reason, while the rest of the OS is fast and reliable, apps are noticeably slow to load and I have even had apps freeze or just close, especially the Music Unlimited app. As I played with the apps, I also tested out the switching ability by using the button on the controller and at least that function worked quickly, allowing me to jump between two apps.
Overall, I would say I'm happy to see mostly smooth performance, but not so happy about some of the ui design itself. Thankfully, this is part of a console that can improve over time, so hopefully Sony stays on top of that.
Well unfortunately I'm not going to be very helpful regarding the games. I just don't have interest in Knack or KZ, even though KZ certainly has its merits. So my gaming has consisted of the indie games, specifically Resogun
Boy what a treat, its just a visual overload. If you are a fan of these 'bullet hell' type games, this is a great example of one.
I really wish I could play my own audio tracks during the game though. The soundtrack is fine, don't get me wrong, but I know that after a while I'm going to want to load up my own playlists. I hope that next firmware update comes soon. I would use that feature a lot.
So what's the conclusion? Great system really. It has its issues, but most of the issues I have are in software, things that can improve over time. I'm happy with the hardware so far. It seems to be built well and the DS4 is a standout. We all know its has the grunt to support some great games.
Once I actually get more of the games I want, I'll be much happier. What I do know is that the games will come, its just a matter of when.
Did I need to buy this day one? No, not really. Since the game selection is low for me, I'm not going to get a lot of use out of my ps4 until games like Infamous come out. So if your not thrilled about the lineup, just wait. The ps4 will still be there when the games you want get released. If your a tech enthusiast like myself however, its sometimes irresistible to have the latest thing day one