As of this article, I still haven’t decided which console I’m getting this generation. To be honest, I still don’t know if it’s worth getting a console or if I’ll wait for a while, but I know that for a lot of people, 2015 will be the year when they choose either an Xbox One or a PS4. This article deals with the latter and below, I’ll try to explain in the form of a list what’s appealing about a PS4. Remember that I already wrote a list with 10 reasons to get an Xbox One, so check that out if you haven’t. Do you agree with this list? Which console do you think you’ll be getting this generation? What made you choose that platform?
A True Entertainment System
Pretty much every video game console available is an entertainment system. Even the OUYA and other micro-consoles can play your music and movies. But the PlayStation takes this approach a bit further, since the system can play pretty much every file you want, including some obscure file extensions such as MKV or AVI. If you’re one of those crazy people who spend a lot of time ripping DVDs into weird formats, the PS4 has you covered.
Exclusive games are really annoying for most consumers, but if you’re Microsoft or Sony, getting games on your platform and just your platform means that a bunch of people will choose your console over any other. In the case of the PS4, some of the exclusive games include Until Dawn, Bloodborne, Amplitude, Disgaea 5, God of War III: Remastered, Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and…
Street Fighter V
To a lot of people, Street Fighter V is just another game, but for fighting game fans, this is the reason to get a PlayStation 4 this generation. With quotes like “Xbox Will Never Get Street Fighter V” circling around the web, fans of the genre aren’t taking any chances and waiting for this exclusivity to end. It’s a shame for people who enjoyed Street Fighter IV on the Xbox 360 and want to keep playing the franchise on the same family of consoles (I was one of them,) but this game might make us change our minds.
During the PS3 era Sony started paying attention to indie titles and that’s definitely caught on during this generation, since the company has announced the release of a slew of indie games. If indie titles are your thing, the PS4 won’t disappoint. Axion Verge, Broken Age, Grim Fandango: Remastered, Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition, Enter the Gungeon, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Alienation, Hollowpoint and Towerfall Dark World are some of those indies and the list goes on and on.
At first sight, the DualShock 4 may look too similar to its predecessor and to a certain extent it is, but it also comes packed with a bunch of new features that make it a lot better. Some of these features include a clickable touch pad, motion detection and accelerometer. Also, the controller has a rechargeable battery and you can also use it on the PC. Oh, by the way, the controller has a connector jack in case you want to use earbuds or headsets.
By pressing the share button you can record up to 15 minutes of gameplay and share it with the rest of the world via social media sites or dedicated platforms like Twitch or UPlay. Bragging about awfully specific gaming moments has never been easier and taking into account that Let’s Play videos are becoming increasingly popular these days, maybe the PS4 can be the first step towards recording entire playthroughs using your console.
During the PS3 era, playing online was free and that was amazing. Unfortunately, when the PS4 came out Sony decided to charge for that, but you at least get free games. As part of the PlayStation Plus subscription you get two free games for everything PlayStation (including PSP, Vita, PS3 and of course PS4.) This adds a lot of value to the service and you also get could storage for free, automatic updates and more.
This is one of the best features that it’s now a norm. The PS3 was either on or off and that was terrible. When you’re playing on the PS4, you can push the power button and the game will be saved for you. On top of that, system updates and game patches will be saved while on standby. Again, this feature might seem unimportant for some of you, but once you have it, you know how convenient it can be.
Do you have both a PlayStation Vita and a PS4? Then you can use Remote Play which means that as long as you’re in range and the PS4 is turned on, you can play a PS4 game using your Vita. This is another feature that doesn’t seem that great until you actually try it. It may not be for everyone, but if you live in a house with people and the other person wants to watch TV and you’re in the middle of a Destiny raid, you at least have the option of playing on your Vita.
For a lot of people, virtual reality is the future and while I’m an old man who likes playing games with controllers and in front of a TV, maybe Morpheus will be the helmet to revolutionize the industry. As of this writing, there are multiple demos available for the headset and it’ll be a while until we see it on store shelves. But whether this VR system ends up being a resounding success or a niche product that a small niche loves, this is just the beginning.