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PS4 Launch Day Coverage

PS4 Hardware

The Playstation 4 released today, and we have a lot of great coverage planned for you!  Throughout the day we’ll be publishing posts with our initial impressions of the hardware, the games, and our entire first-day-experience with the PS4.  Be sure to check back throughout the day, and please feel free to ask questions.

PS4 Hardware Setup

Gone are the days of waiting in long lines at midnight.  Our PS4 was plugged in and ready to go by 9:00 am thanks to the ease of pre-ordering and stores opening early.  We picked up an extra controller as well.

Opening the box, the PS4 is smaller than we expected.  It lays flat with a nice, sleek low profile.  The power button and eject button are kind of hard to see on the front, but integrated well into the design.

The PS4 came with a very simple power cord, HDMI cable, and one controller.  The power cord is very, very simple and lacks the bulky power brick thing you’ll see on other consoles.

Once plugged in, it booted right up and the simple setup process was completed without a hitch.  Our PS4 connected to our network and the internet flawlessly.  There was a ~360 mb patch, but that was blazing fast. Start to finish the whole process took less than 20 minutes.

Dashboard

The Dashboard is better than the Cross Media Bar, though still a variation of it.  It’s fast, gets the job done, but it’s really nothing exciting.  Compared to the PS Vita, the PS4 dashboard (at least out of the box) is very boring.  We’re trying to figure out how we can customize, if at all, to make it look more fun and gaming themed.

While still in the game, calling up the dashboard is easy, but has been sluggish for us while it loads.  Holding down the PS button allows you to close open apps.  Overall, if they can speed it up and remove the lag/sluggish feeling it’ll be perfect.

PlayStation Network / Store

The store is exactly the same as the store on the PS3.  Downloading titles is very easy.  We found a few games to download for free like DC Universe Online (more to come on this!).  What’s really neat is that they download simultaneously.  That’s a nice change from the Xbox 360 being a ‘one at a time’ process.

There are already two games available for PlayStation Plus members: Resogun and Contrast.  We’re pretty sure you need PS+ to play games online.

Synching the PS Vita with the PS4

Synching the Vita and PS4 was extremely easy.  Just turn it on, enter the code, and the Vita now controls the PS4.  Playing around for a few minutes, the PS4 is now a Wii U.  There’s no delay or latency between the two devices.

We’re booting up some games!  More to come soon.

Handheld Gaming

I’ve been investing most of my time lately into various games across the 3DS and Vita. I actually haven’t turned on any of my consoles in a while and haven’t done anything on my computer aside from some Minecraft once or twice a week. It’s interesting because I used to be mainly a PC gamer before shifting more towards consoles and now I’m focusing on handhelds mostly. I doubt that I’m making that kind of shift again but I think it’s interesting to note. Anyways, here is what I’ve been playing lately.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DS

Keen and I really enjoyed Donkey Kong Country Returns back when it was on the Wii and now several years later it’s available in a portable form. It still looks great and the new 3D is a nice touch, even if there are some instances of ghosting. The greatest thing about it would be the controls, or rather the lack of motion controls. In the Wii version I believe you were required to shake the remote in order to perform a roll and that was maddening. There’s also a new mode with some additional items and more health, essentially an easy mode, but I elected to go through the first time in the classic mode, which is just like the Wii version. For some reason it seems way more difficult than I remember but I’m enjoying it so far, aside from the time attack challenges which are rage-inducing. I’m looking forward to trying out the new world that they added into this version.

Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons

I love the classic 2D Zelda games and I was thrilled when they released them onto the eShop this past Thursday. I actually still have both of my GBC carts and they are in pretty pristine condition. The only problem is my Gameboy Advance won’t charge up but now that they are available on the 3DS I suppose it really doesn’t matter. This actually reminds me that I’m really excited for the new LttP game coming up in the future. Hopefully that delivers a solid 2D Zelda experience.

Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 Golden

I didn’t know what to think of this game and the only thing I knew was that it’s super popular. Having never played a game from the MegaTen series (Or off-shoot game) I really had no idea what to expect other than possibly a heavy dose of weeaboo material but I gave it a try anyway and I’m really glad I did. The game has a very fascinating mix of turned based RPG and some kind of social life-sim/time management system. I honestly never figured I would get so into this game but I’ve already sunk 60+ hours into it and now I’m VERY curious about past Persona games and other Shin Megami Tensei titles.

Upcoming Games

When listing future games that interest me I find that not much in my immediate future is found on anything but a handheld system. Currently I’ve looking forward to Project X Zone, Shin Megami Tensei IV, definitely Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the Jak & Daxter Collection, Muramasa Rebirth, and Rune Factory 4. 

So yeah, pretty much all portable titles. Maybe the reason I’m only finding interesting stuff on my 3DS and Vita is due to the fact that we’re kinda in a transition period between console generations, but I don’t feel that bothered by it because I have plenty to do.