PlayStation 4 Game Of The Year: The Waiting Game

By Ryan Winslett 2 years ago discussion comments
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The library is small and only features a few exclusives that you canít play on a last-gen console, and none of those are system sellers. The vast majority of the super-amazing features weíve all been anticipating since the PS4 announcement event early last year are nowhere to be seen and, honestly, Iíd be surprised if most of that functionality gets up and running before next holiday season. There are fewer media apps than available on last-gen consoles at this time, and Iím even reading reports that the PS4 is actually worse for playing Blu-ray movies than the PS3.

Iíve had a decent amount of fun with Killzone: Shadow Fall, Resogun and Blacklight at this point, but the vast majority of my gaming time these days is spent elsewhere, as new releases havenít started moving full steam ahead just yet. And yes, the Share feature is pretty dang rad and Iím embarrassed to admit how much time Iíve watched total strangers goofing off on their cameras using The Playroom as a sort of vidcasting workaround.

But itís not uncommon for me to go multiple days in a row without ever booting the thing up. I still use my PS3 for movies and streaming because everythingís already set up on my last-gen console and thereís no real benefit to doing those things on the PS4. And then thereís that whole loud fan business. My replacement PS4 isnít as bad as my first unit, but even the new consoleís fan kicks it up higher than Iíd like if my house gets above 74 degrees. I thought this was just for disc-based games at first, but now Iím noticing it even when playing a game thatís installed on the console or, heaven forbid, Iím downloading something in the background. Also, while itís a nice start, the OS needs a bit of work. The library lacks any sort of order and seems to include random apps and DLC as separate files, and the ridiculously long side-scrolling navigation for the main menu is only going to get worse as I collect more games.

This might all sound like common sense to a lot of core gamers but, given how many people Iíve fielded the ďshould I get a PS4Ē question from this past month, I figured Iíd throw my two cents out there and get it on record.

The good news is that itís only going to get better from here. More apps and games will arrive, starting at a trickle and then hopefully hitting full stride by next fall. Iíd also like to see what happens with future versions of the console that arenít rushed out of the factory for launch and maybe feature some better components. A quieter fan is an absolute must. A much bigger hard drive would be nice, too, as 400GB (what youíre actually left with when you boot up the 500GB model) isnít going to last very long at all when even disc-based games can take up 50GB a pop. Also, Iím really looking forward to hearing more about future free-to-play offerings and game streaming for previous-gen titles.

In short, if you donít have a PS4 in your hot little hands right now and you have survived this past month, you can definitely wait another year. In that time, more games and features will get up and running and we might even have a newer, higher quality version of the system on store shelves. For the time being, though, thereís really not that much to get excited about.
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