Sony s forthcoming PlayStation 4 a day away from hitting stores in the US and the first round of reviews have started hitting the web. Sony has massively high hopes for the PS4 and it is projecting at least 3 million sales before the end of 2013, and 5 million unit salesbefore the end of the fiscal year. From what is being said, it seems that the console has the potential of reaching its targets easily. Let s have a look at what the reviewers are saying. Also Read - PlayStation 5 going on a diet? Retailer leaks lightweight PS5 in works
On the design, reviewers are generally impressed with how Sony has managed to blend modern and retro design languages in a compact package.
Polygon says, The PS4 is Sony’s most attractively designed piece of hardware. It’s a beautiful system, with a sharp, slightly angled profile accented by a light bar that acts as a console status indicator. It’s a grown-up machine, designed more like a stylish DVD player than a gaudy video game console.
Kotaku s Stephen Totilo says, The PS4 shapes up as a box in need of no space-saving or cosmetic improvement. It doesn t use a power brick and even uses the same power cable as the PS3.
Tom Parsons from Stuff says, Smaller and lighter than it seems in pictures, the PS4 is not a device that you re going to have trouble finding a home for. Overall this is a subtle but unique design, with the etched PS4 logo and glossy section (which is actually the removable hard drive cover) adding a touch of class.
DUALSHOCK 4 CONTROLLER
The DualShock 4 controller too gets the thumbs up from all the reviewers, with Polygon going as far as saying, The DualShock 4 [is] inarguably the best controller Sony’s ever made. Engadget s Ben Gilbert too echoes these sentiments, saying, I love the DualShock 4. It’s a very comfortable controller, and the best of its kind.
Kotaku, on the other hand, is a bit reserved in its verdict of the controller, This controller will break no barriers the way the Wii s Remote did or the commercials for Microsoft s Kinect say it will. It should nevertheless please dedicated console gamers.
The console s interface too has been given a tweak and reviewers have liked what they have seen so far, though some complain about the lack of organization. Polygon says, The legacy of PS3 s OS remains in the PS4 s often confusing hierarchy of menus, sub-menus and hidden options.
Engadget says, Popping out of a game back to the OS is speedy, and simply suspends your game wherever it was last played. The OS in general is very quick, as is starting the system itself.
CVG s Jonathan Cooper says, PS3 s aesthetic has been carried over to the PlayStation 4, which maintains a relatively light interface, but now puts an emphasis on usability. You’re never more than a few swipes away from whatever you want to do, be it changing the resolution, accessing the shop or playing a game. More impressive, though, is its speed.
One of the most anticipated aspects of a console launch is the launch titles. Sony s PS4 will be arriving with an impressive sounding lineup of games that include the likes of Battlefield 4, Assassin s Creed 4 Black Flag, Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, Call of Duty Ghosts and Resogun among others. Though the games perform visibly better when compared to previous generation consoles and even the Xbox One, for that matter, they fail to live up to the high expectations.
Polygon says, The emphasis on powerful hardware dedicated to gaming software is already yielding tangible advantages over the competition, with games like Battlefield 4 running in higher resolution on the PlayStation 4 than the Xbox One. However, at launch, the PS4 has failed to muster a software library that sells that hardware. Sony s major AAA launch exclusives are impossible to recommend.
CNET says, The PS4 won’t come close to matching its predecessor’s gaming or software library for months — or possibly years.
The PS4 then is a mixed bag at the moment. It could end up being a bigger success than its predecessor, but no one knows how long it will take to reach there.
Kotaku says, How good is the PlayStation 4? Ask me in five years. One of the reasons I’m not yet recommending you run out and get a PS4 is that, as cool as a lot of the system is, there’s no game on it that you just have to play and can’t play anywhere else.
Polygon says, The PlayStation 4’s focus on gaming and only gaming is undermined by a distinct lack of compelling software. That failing is sure to improve better games and more of them will appear on the PlayStation 4 but right now, this is a game console without a game to recommend it. Early adopters of the PS4 this fall are buying potential energy. We’re just waiting for a place to spend it.
CVG concludes, There’s a good chance that the software platform will allow for greater innovations in the future, such as more streaming options expected to be added later down the line, but for now, Sony is selling a futuristic machine with not many new things to do on it.