David's request, I have to go over how things are going with the system. As I said in my previous post, I knew that basically the whole world was going to be logging on to the PlayStation Network to get updates and start playing around with the new console, so I chose to go to sleep. I wasn't going to wait for over an hour to connect to the PSN just to then wait another hour to get the update. So, the next day while I was phoning it in at work, my overly tired brain came up with an idea! They say Necessity is the mother of invention and they would be right. I was trying to figure out a way to stay awake the whole day and I logged in to the PSN at work. I was able to access it with no problem and downloaded the PS4 update to my ever present USB drive. When I got home, I plugged in the PS4 and immediately updated the software. Total time: 5 min.
The matte finish makes it easier to maintain your grip after long gaming sessions when your hands get sweaty (I tested that bit later), and the tops of the analog sticks have a nice groove which makes them easier to use especially during intense situations when your fingers would normally slip off of the PS3's completely curved analog sticks. After three long grueling hours playing Knack and then Lego Marvel Superheros, I had no issues with maintaining my grip on the controller and use the analog sticks with no issues. The triggers are a little bit smaller than the PS3, but once I got used to that I was back in business.
I have to admit, I was worried about the blue pulse of death, but it turns out that Sony's math was dead on and the issues were less than 1% of the consoles shipped, so mine turned on with no issues. I was able to connect to PSN from the console with no issues and I started playing around with the new interface. The first thing that blew my mind was the SPEED of the thing. I have crappy Comcast internet and I was used to having a little bit of lag time getting into the PS Store. But on the new console, no sooner did I hit the X button than I was in the store zooming around the choices that were available. The XMB responded really well, and I was able to jump in and out of games JUST as fast as I was doing with the Store.
I then went and downloaded the other game I was really interested in playing. It's a 1920s themed platformer called "Contrast". And that game is the most bizarre game I've ever played in the best way possible. I love the soundtrack, the controls are amazing and the creativity of how they blend the shadow-walking (my term) with the regular game play is outstanding. I played the game for about an hour and it felt like only 5 min had passed. That's how engrossing it was.
Now, as amazing as my experience with the PS4 has been, there are some downsides. First, thanks to my crappy Comcast internet, I was without internet for about a day and I wasn't able to access things on the console. For example: my trophies. You would think I'd be able to see them on my PS4 without having to be connected to the PSN, but apparently that's no longer the case. Yes, I can see them on the PlayStation App on my phone or tablet, but that's not the point. If I can play games and earn trophies when I'm not online, why shouldn't I be able to SEE those trophies when I'm not online?
Second, I don't like that the XMB doesn't have visibility into the contents of a plugged in USB drive. I was able to update the PS4 from the USB, so it recognizes the fact that a drive is plugged in, but I can't see the files, so I wasn't able to play any videos to see what files the new console will have issues playing. I haven't tried a computer data disc yet, but that's next to try and see if/how it works.
Third, I don't like the fact that you can't filter the last thing done list. It's awesome if you want to jump right into the last game you were playing, but if you were switching back and forth between a couple of games (like I was) it was a pain in arse to have to jump several slots down to access the activity you wanted to get back to.
Fourth, the games. Unfortunately, my friend David was right. There just aren't as many games out for the PS4 right now and so I find myself going back to the PS3 to play. Granted I still have a TON of games to finish on the PS3, but there really isn't a huge PS4 library yet and the games that are available mostly play to a demographic that I'm not a part of. I'm just not a sports fanatic and I'm not really into first person shooters. So, in the end, I have the three games available for the PS4 right now that I'm interested in. So, until the next crop of games are released, I find myself splitting my time between the PS3 and the PS4.