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PlayStation 4: First Impressions

My first impressions after spending some quality time with Sony's PlayStation 4.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on Sony's latest console, the PlayStation 4. I will be writing a full review of the console within the next couple of days, but here are a few of my first impressions:

The console itself is much smaller and lighter than I thought it would be. Overall, the design of the PS4 is sharp--the LED power/status light strip is very cool--and the build quality feels excellent. I noticed that the PS4 is considerably louder than my PS3 (slim version). It also gets pretty hot after long play sessions.

The new user interface is a godsend for those accustomed to the laggy PS3 interface. All of the menus are snappy and responsive, regardless of what you are doing. The PlayStation Store is actually usable now, although it's still a little tricky to navigate at times.

I experienced connectivity problems when I first attempted to log in to the PlayStation Network. I was not able to successfully log in until about two hours after I had started playing the console. Once I logged in, I never had another problem.

Perhaps my favorite part of the console is the new controller. The DualShock 4 is simply phenonomal, and it resolves practically every issue I had with the DualShock 3. It is extremely comfortable and responsive. The redesigned triggers and analog sticks are fantastic. I was also surprised that I enjoyed using both the touchpad and the motion sensor.

Games are extremely clear, smooth and detailed. Though the graphical leap between the current generation and the PS4 doesn't seem drastic, it's still very noticeable. The extra visual flair made possible with native 1080p HD and high-resolution textures is jaw-dropping at times. Lighting in next-gen games is simply miles ahead of what we have seen from games of the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation.

That's all for now! Sound off in the comments if you have any questions you'd like me to answer. I currently own Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Resogun

Expect my full review of the PlayStation 4 to drop on Sunday afternoon.

Published Nov. 16th 2013

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