When a new console is released, the most common question I receive is: “Do I need to upgrade?”
Each individual has very different uses for their consoles, so what I’ll go over the feature set, ease of use, and the games so that you can make a decision on your own.
The system will look very nice in your entertainment system, with its sleek design and compact size. Though large in comparison to its current generation counterparts, the 500GB hard drive will fill up, as digital games, video recordings and game updates begin to balloon in size. It is a completely acceptable size, but don’t expect to fit all of your games on the system for the life of the system. The user interface is much cleaner, and the ease of use should allow for any gamer to get going quickly. Games download in the background and automatically update, and multitasking is possible, though your can’t run more than one game at a time. The apps make the gaming console work well as an entertainment hub as well, with blu-ray capability, and with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and of course Sony’s own music and video offerings.
Party Chat has been added to the PS4 but is also connected to the PS Vita Party Chat system. Now you can talk to your friends while playing any game, on either system. 360 owners should be familiar with this feature, but it is new to gamers that only played on the PS3.
Remote Play is the real star, allowing you to play your PS4 games on your PS Vita. It has added considerable value to the under-performing portable system, and the PS4 experience. Finally, making the ability to share a button press away has made it possible to show those memorable moments of each and every game easily with your friends.
With platformers, shooters, sports games, indie games and some action/adventure mixed in as well, the PS4 launch is a quality launch line-up. I have been an early adopter to a number of modern consoles (360, Wii, WiiU, Vita, 3DS) and am impressed with the diverse launch line-up.
Thinking back to the launch titles for the 360, which also included some unique options like Kameo and Viva Pinata, as well as a sports option in Madden 06. But, none of these titles were system sellers.
I have had a number of experiences already on the PS4 with their launch line-up that really sold me on the system. Here is an example:
Though I do not follow the sport, or root for a specific team, I have enjoyed quality basketball video games such as NBA Jam, NBA Street and NBA2K11. This installment is beautiful. It does in fact sell you on the quality of the graphics on the console. Not only that, but the feature set in the game was not stripped for the next gen version. You are getting a fully featured title here. I’m currently playing through the career mode, which has some laughable voice acting choices, but is one of the most entertaining career modes I’ve experience since WWE Smackdown: Know Your Role. I appreciate a sports game that allows for some path choices in its career mode.
It is up to every household, and every gamer to know what they are looking for in a console and ultimately if they need to upgrade. I would say that what the PS4 is offering, in my opinion, is worth buying right now. Playing games on the PS4 with the Dual Shock 4 is the best PlayStation experience available right now. I would not recommend giving up your PS3 though. There are still quality games coming that you may not want to miss, plus the library of PS3 games can keep you bus when there is a lull in the next generation releases.
Vita owners have the bonus of being able to play their PS4 games via Remote Play on the Vita and that feature alone makes the Vita a worthwhile purchase when partnered with a PS4.
Understand that at this time the best games of 2013 are not exclusively on the PS4, but some of the best 2013 console experiences are. I hope I have helped you make your decision on going next gen or not. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to post them in the comments.