I know the end of the year is usually list making time, but let's start 2014 with a bit of a list.
One of my larger purchases for the year was a Playstation 4 console from Sony. Being an Xbox player on what is now the previous generation, making the switch wasn't the easiest thing in the world, but at the same time was something I could rationalize to myself. The Xbox One "Always on, always off, phone home, but not really, maybe maybe not" marketing snafu and general bungling of the hardware platform didn't have my attention or interest (if you guys want I'll do an article on that sometime soon too, just let me know in the comments).
Launch Day Excitement
Anyways, back on topic, I nabbed the system, an extra DS4 for friends to play with, the Playstation camera for streaming, and grabbed Assassins's Creed: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Knack, and Killzone: Shadow Fall. I was excited, I streamed for a full 36-odd hours over the first weekend, doing the "Legend Zero PS4 Megastream". We had a lot of fun, and I tried streaming from the console a few more times. Tried being the operative word.
Over the next few weeks, I've found that I rarely touch the console at all. Well, I've used it for Netflix a bit, but for a $500-some investment where that can be accomplished by a $30 Chromecast, I feel that's a waste of money.
Let's get to the short points though.1. Gaming is Social
I don't know if I was just the unluckiest person on PS4, but in my time playing I can count on both hands how many people were mic'd and talking. I'm used to the sometimes TOO MANY people on my headset of XBL, so this was a bit disconcerting for me. The games were silent, the only reason I had my headset in was for the stream.
My friends not getting the console also impacted this in a very negative way. I had three or four friends who were considering making the switch, and were about to, when announcements made the console an unviable alternative, which brings me to my next point.2. A TWO-game-console
I know the PS4 has a few exclusives, and a few more incoming. Right now the only exclusives I own are Knack and Killzone, and most of the other exclusives I was hoping to play have announced PC ports.
My Top 3 Reasons for a PS4
Of my top 3 games of Watch Dogs, The Division, and Destiny, only one of these three is not available for PC, and the third will be available for the Xbox 360, which I already own for quite some time now, and have an existing set of friends on.
Watch Dogs was always PC, but was delayed from a launch game at the last moment
due to stiff holiday competition, and the game needing 'more polish'. The Division, originally a console only title, announced a PC version
in August. I was still determined to the PS4 then, despite these things, but at the same time they impacted me. I wish now I went with my gut and had saved the money for a better gaming PC, which is what I'm trying to do now, but alas, I did not.Thanks to reddit /r/josh6499 who pointed out it's actually two games, corrected.3. 'Next' Generation
I'll make this simple, I don't see it. Yes, shiny things are shiner and the fish swim away from you (or not), but despite the hideous amount of bloom on Battlefield 4, I can't find a justification for the upgrade, even though I thought there would be one there.
Now I know it's insanely early in the console life cycle, and graphics aren't really pushed until two or even three years into the hardware cycle. I'm not ignorant to that fact, but at the same time I'm not sure that's worth waiting a good two to three years to get a return on my investment.4. Battlefield Bugs
Battlefield 4 is practically unplayable, even recently. That game isn't alone though, I saw an awesome article saying why single player games shouldn't be tied to online servers
that is currently making one of the landmark features of NBA 2K14 (not an exclusive, but then again neither is Battlefield 4) unplayable.5. No Split Screen
It is 2014, and I cannot have my friends over to all play a game together. To do that I have to connect my 360.
I think that speaks for itself, really.6. I think I've outgrown consoles
I know there's no real age or time when everyone outgrows consoles, but I think I've crossed that line in the sand. My 3DS became a Pokemon machine for a short time, but then went back into the cabinet where I keep it usually. I logged maybe a fraction of time in Halo 4 then I did in Halo 3 (again, another article), and I've barely touched the PS4 as I think I've said more then enough right now.
I've spent a lot of time lately playing games on PC, either screwing around in Starbound, or Monaco, or World of Warcraft (yes, really), playing Counter Strike GO for my FPS fix, and even doing coding and development for my own titles, and my friends are here, bringing me back to my first point. Gaming is social, at least for me, gaming alone is boring and not my style. Bring friends.7. Streaming Woes
I can stream from my PC at a better quality then the PS4 and my streams are archived where they are not from the PS4 so I can make videos from the best moments of the event. I can then get those videos onto YouTube and here on LZ so you don't have to be there moment of to enjoy the fun we have together, and the people watching can join me on PC. While the PS4 streaming integration is a step towards a shared console experience, it falls short of the full suite that a person who wants to regularly stream really needs.
So there you go, the reasons I'm regretting my one big purchase of 2013, and am looking to course correct in 2014 towards a gaming PC rig which can stream and play more games than I am currently capable of with the hardware I have.
I know this list won't apply to everyone, and not everyone will agree with it. This is my experience with the console, and my reasons for regretting my purchase. I'm looking to sell everything PS4 that I own, if you're reading this and still looking for an elusive copy of the console, and I do recommend if it you will have a different experience than me. Everything is in pristine near-unplayed condition (and I think the article indicates) and I'm willing to work with anyone in the US personally before I try putting it up on eBay in a week or so. If you're intrested, PM me here on the site
, or tweet me @TheLZNation
and we can work something out.
Legundo is the founder, president, webmaster, and chief streamer of the Legend Zero Nation. He's looking to build a gaming PC and be able to stream even better in 2014, and his New Years resolution will be 5120x1440