I was super excited the day that my PS4 arrived and I started setting it up. Leafing through the manuals and gripping the controller while the mandatory configuring and updating took its course. It was finally ready for action and I lunged into a bit of Knack and then moved on to KillZone Shadow Fall. Not expecting a huge leap from the last-gen platforms my first impression was one of satisfaction. The games looked great, controlled well, and KillZone even had a nifty use for the DualShock 4 controller’s touch-pad.
One of my favourite features is the ability to record and share game play, or even streaming it directly to Twitch or Ustream. I’m not the most technically proficient person when it comes to these things, and I never seemed to get the hang of setting up this sort of stuff with other devices I used for streaming before. It feels like the cumbersome middleman has been eliminated in this process for those of us that don’t have “the touch”. While this feature is not without its occasional problems, it can (hopefully) only get better. Streaming, recording, and otherwise sharing your game experiences is in my opinion the most “next-gen” feeling features of the system.
Aside from a few new features and a bit better looking & smoother running games the gap between generations still feels fairly minuscule. Of course the gap will increase with time. Sony, for example, have not yet implemented many of the features they promised at the PS4 reveal event a year ago, and here’s hoping we don’t have to wait too long for them. We also need more games specifically developed for these new systems before we start seeing significant next-gen visuals and innovative game play mechanics.
I don’t regret picking up a new system, and I will definitively look into getting myself an Xbox One and a Steam Box somewhere down the line. For now, however, I’d say that adopting the next-gen isn’t a must. I’m currently mostly playing ACIV: Black Flag on my PS4, which was awesome on the older systems as well, and that says something about the “urgency” of upgrading.