With the embargo clearly up and reviews pouring in ahead of the PlayStation 4's launch this week, gaming sites (and some early PS4 owners) have been dumping all sorts of assets and media online for everyone to consume before the big retail throw down this weekend when the PlayStation 4 officially launches.
IGN posted up a video of the PlayStation 4 getting into Killzone: Shadow Fall after inserting the disc and moving toward the game's launch menu before proceeding to head back to the PS4's OS menu.
The processing is pretty fast and gives gamers easy access to their material in a matter of seconds. In fact, as the video showcases – the users are able to get into the game and back to the OS at the press of a button and then resume the game just as quickly. It's an impressive display managing the media streaming provided by the OS, giving gamers quick access to media and games on the fly.
Funnily enough, this is the sort of feature that Microsoft had been touting as such a high-selling point for the Xbox One when they originally unveiled it under staged conditions at the original May 21st reveal. One of the strong points of the Xbox One was being able to easily and efficiently switch between games, OS options and other media on the fly. However, some reports have indicated that Kinect still has lag issues, as reported by Kotaku, which can somewhat hamper the fluidity of the interface. Following Microsoft's unveiling of the UI in a 12 minute demo, I imagine Microsoft will work day and night get the latency reduced at every cycle and millisecond they can before the Xbox One's launch at the end of the month.
Nevertheless, UI navigation and speed is just a small part of the overall console experience. Most core gamers are only going to be concerned with whether or not the games load fast, play fast and run fast. According to Kotaku (again) the PlayStation 4 manages to get the games booted and running in a matter of seconds. They rolled out the install and boot-up times for the games, which you can check out below:
Knack: 32 seconds
Killzone: Shadow Fall: 0:38
Battlefield 4: 0:42
Injustice: Gods Among Us: 0:28
Just Dance 2014: 0:24
Madden 25: 0:23
Assassin's Creed 4: 0:13
In total, Kotaku notes that they managed to get all the day one updates, all the games installed, and each game booted in a total time of 14 minutes and 30 seconds. The proof is also in the pudding thanks to that IGN video above.
I have to say, I'm impressed.