PlayStation 4 First Impressions


The Playstation 4 has been out for almost a full 24 hours, and I’ve been messing around with it for about nine hours or so. Now, it’s not enough to get a full scope of what this system has to offer, but it’s definitely enough time to put together my Playstation 4 first impressions.

Before I get into my impressions, let me just iterate that this isn’t about the games. It’s about the console itself. The games will come soon enough. And trust me, some won’t be as positive as this post will be.

The Good

  • First thing’s first, the PlayStation 4 is fast. For a company that was known to make slow-loading systems, Sony outdid itself with the speed of the PS4. From launch to loading up games, the PS4 is light years ahead of the PS3 in terms of load time.
  • The game installs take little to no time to complete. The shortest installation was for Madden 25 which took about 25 seconds; the longest, Battlefield 4 which took a little under two minutes.
  • Simultaneous downloads is a Godsend. I downloaded every Day 1 patch at the same time which severely cut down on wait time.
  • The ability to switch between apps is fantastic. It was cool to be able to stop mid-game, load up the web browser to check something and go right back to the game without losing my place in the game. That’s a feature that will come in handy big time.
  • You can use standard headphones with the DualShock 4 which is just awesome when your headphones have a built in mic.
  • Party chat…DUH
  • The Twitch streaming setup is seamless, and worked out really well. There were plenty who couldn’t get their streams to work, but I wasn’t one of those so it gets a thumbs up from me. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

The Bad

  • The inability to archive streams, and certain content (like menus) automatically being blocked is something that disappoints this user
  • Although we knew about it prior, the inability to capture via HDMI at launch is still a bummer when that’s the only option for this console. Hopefully the update to allow comes much sooner than anticipated.
  • No DLNA is just a killer. Plain and simple
  • No external USB drive support

There’s a lot more to dive into in regards to the PS4, but as a piece of machinery itself, the PS4 is on top of its game. We’ll see what happens now as more updates and games release for the system.