From The Forums: Neowin readers offer their hands-on PS4 impressions

Neowin community member "RageofFury" posted his PS4 retail box on the forums.

The launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 in the U.S. on Friday has not been without its problems, but that has not stopped a number of Neowin community members from getting the next-generation game console during launch week. Many of them posted up their quick hands-on impressions of the PS4 in our forums.

In a thread named, "Did anyone on Neowin actually get a PS4 today?" community member "RageofFury" posted up an image of his new PS4 retail box, along with some quick impressions:

So far, so good! I'm very happy with my purchase. The PS4 is well built, quiet and small. The interface is an improvement over the PS3, but could use additional tweaking. It is very fast and snappy which I like. I also like the redesigned PlayStation Store. Well done Sony! Killzone is a great game. Reminds me of Halo...somewhat. Beautiful graphics. The only issue I've encountered thus far is a message keeps appearing saying PSN is down for maintenance. I guess it was to be expected that PSN would crash with the sudden rush of PS4s connecting to it and accessing it.

Another community member, "AJerman" didn't seem as impressed. Here are some of his thoughts on the console's new DualShock 4 controller:

The PS4 controller is much better, but the stick layout is stil (sic) massively inferior to the Xbox controler (sic) (as expected for someone who prefers/is used to Xbox). As much as people raved about the DS4, I expected it to be something amazing. Compared to previous DS controllers, it's an evolution and definitely more ergonomic, but it's still the same DS controller you've grown to either love or hate, depending on your preference.

AJerman and other Neowin readers on the thread also complained about not being able to sign into the PlayStation Network or Store for hours after the launch.

"trooper11" started his own thread on the forums with some of his lengthy PS4 impressions. It's definitely worth reading the whole thing if you are interested in getting the console, but here's his very quick 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.

From what we can tell, the PS4 seems to be a solid game system, but many Neowin readers feel the software, at least for the launch, is somewhat lacking. it will be interesting to see if that's also the case for Microsoft's Xbox One when it launches on Friday.

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As an owner of Sony cameras (and a minidisk player, back in the day), I really don't hold much hope that the software will improve. Sony software, in my experience, is always and without exception, fairly terrible.

Optimistically, the fact that most reviewers have sounded their disappointment at the UI might finally cause some changes at Sony, not just for the PS4, but everything else.

Been having a good time with my system. NFS, killzone, warframe, resogun, bf4 are pretty good experiences so far. What I'm most impressed with at the moment is how good the Vita connectivity is, remote play is a huge step up from the PSP and works as well as the Wii U, except has a longer range as I can use it fine from anywhere in my house as opposed to just 30ft away. There is no lag whatsoever, it's an excellent feature.

The controller, UI, companion apps, work extremely well. It's clear that the dedicated chip for background processes is doing its work, everything is snappy and updates automatically download and install in the background without any hiccups. Games are ready to play almost instantly after popping in the disc.

I've gotta say I'm really impressed with how quiet the system is as well. Killzone is also turning out to be quite good, better than my expectations. I wasn't a big fan of the PS3 games, but Shadow Fall is a huge improvement.

See that's why I don't have to worry about Controllers and there lack of, Sub Par Home Screens, 720p vs 1080p. Why? Because I have The Best Controller-Mouse and Keyboard, The Best Home Screen-Windows 8.1, One OF The Best Graphics Card, ASUS ROG MATRIX-1080p Gaming-No Problem.

PC gaming has its place. Console gaming has its place. Neither are going anywhere. I do both and I like both. I'll say this though, FPS on consoles are much more difficult. I love aiming with a mouse, lol.

UltraKill said,
See that's why I don't have to worry about Controllers and there lack of, Sub Par Home Screens, 720p vs 1080p. Why? Because I have The Best Controller-Mouse and Keyboard, The Best Home Screen-Windows 8.1, One OF The Best Graphics Card, ASUS ROG MATRIX-1080p Gaming-No Problem.

...and a poor choice of games as most of the mainstream stuff never appears on PC.

I got it on Thursday night and so far its ok. The best feature that I will use DAILY regardless if I am playing a game or not is the ability to plug in your headphones to the controller and have ALL the audio go through the headset. Having a newborn and a 2 year old, I can finally watch movies on my tv silently with headphones on. This feature should be more advertised.

I guess it was to be expected that PSN would crash with the sudden rush of PS4s connecting to it and accessing it.

Indeed. How could Sony possibly know how many consoles they made, and how many of them would be online on Friday. /s

Exactly, they should be able to handle it as elegantly as an MMO launch.

For the record though I didn't have any problems downloading all the free games and game/system updates. I was able to play online with need for speed with no problems as well. All this on launch day and the following day.

With all the controversy over the 720p vs 1080p in the past few weeks, I am surprised that outside of a couple of gaming sites hands on reviews, nobody is talking about the FPS issues on the PS4 with games like CoD in multiplayer that are having FPS issues at 1080p.

Maybe the rest of the gaming industry is waiting for the actual XB1 release to be able to offer a direct comparison.

I got my PS3 yesterday and I am not impressed with the games at all. None of the games (Killzone, Warframe, RESOGUN and DCUO) I am playing look totally nextgen. The best part of the PS3 is the controller. Furthermore, Sony will need to redesign their Home screen or whatever it's called' because it very FLAT and boring. I understand that the PS3 is supposed to be what is called a true gaming console. However, they could have done better. The whole console seems RUSHED. Nevertheless, the Xbox One best come correct or I will be just as critical.

Alexander Nevrmind said,
I got my PS3 yesterday and I am not impressed with the games at all. None of the games (Killzone, Warframe, RESOGUN and DCUO) I am playing look totally nextgen. The best part of the PS3 is the controller. Furthermore, Sony will need to redesign their Home screen or whatever it's called' because it very FLAT and boring. I understand that the PS3 is supposed to be what is called a true gaming console. However, they could have done better. The whole console seems RUSHED. Nevertheless, the Xbox One best come correct or I will be just as critical.

I have to agree on the Home Screen; however, I don't think I would say it is the result of the PS4 trying to be a 'true gaming console', as my Sony Media Player and Sony BluRay has a variation of the same old interface, and they are not gaming consoles.

It looks like Sony didn't put a dedicated team on the Home Screen/Dash UI, and as the OS development took longer than expected, the UI, Apps, and core software features didn't get the attention they deserve. Sony needs to have a team really rethink the UI and fix the Apps and missing features in an upcoming update.

The DUALSHOCK 4 is the only part of the PS4 I'm interested in at the moment, and of any of the next-gen consoles, to be honest. I was interested in the Xbox One's controller too, but I got to try that at one of GAME's lock-in events last week, and I found it disappointing; didn't feel too comfortable to hold, the sticks were too small for me, the shoulder buttons were large and tricky to press, and the impulse triggers didn't have much of a range either (the vibration was also overwhelming from playing Forza 5, but I'm assuming you can easily turn that down). The only improvement I noticed (besides the directional vibration) was the d-pad, which has essentially gone the PS Vita route and become four clicking buttons.

Yeah I wasn't too impressed by the Xbox One controller. The D-Pad is better than the 36 controller but for everything else I preferred the 360 controller. The impulse triggers I found annoying. The PS4 controller feels really great to hold. It is a long needed update from the original DualShock designs. The handles are bigger so it fits in my hand really well. I still prefer the Xbox analog stick layout but the PS4 controller feels more more comfortable in my hands than the PS3 controller did.