As is tradition in the waning months leading up to the Christmas season, the video game industry has exploded with new toys and gadgets for the masses, promising new interactive ways to spend your time avoiding the drudgery of responsibilities like school, work, and families. This year is perhaps one of the bigger ones for releases, however, since the next generation of gaming is kicking off in a two week battle for our nerdly affections and dollars. First up is the Playstation 4, brought to you by a Sony corporation that finally learned the benefits of focusing on the mass exodus of holiday shopping to bring their new system to North America first.
The build up to the PS4 started back in February of 2013 when official notification of the system and dates for pre-ordering went public, followed shortly by Microsoft's often and deservedly mocked cluster fuck of an announcement to the new X-Box One. Since then debate has raged on through many a blog and parent basement as to the merits of which is better, more exciting, more promising, and ultimately the most fulfilling. As a professed fan of the Playstation 3 over the 360 along with my own opinions on the aforementioned debate, I picked up a PS4 at the midnight launch (my first as a customer instead of an employee) and spent several hours trying to get a glimpse of whether or not my nerd urges would be fulfilled. All I can so far is despite a few hitches I haven't been disappointed.
The system is surprising small and light weight, a welcome change from the previous console generation. The design of the overall system is a little odd, prompting me at first to wonder where the hell the disk drive was along with the eject and power buttons. As a man and therefore allergic to such helpful tools as the instructions, I took a couple minutes fumbling around with the system discovering where each item is. To describe the system best I'd say it reminds me of two large solid black lego bricks stuck together. In between the bricks is a small slot for the disks with two small buttons (one above it, one below it) for the power and eject. The slots for the USB, ethernet, etc are easy to find in front and in back and assembly of the parts took less than 2 minutes. Mine is a little noisy when running a disk but not so much that it became an annoyance like with the 360 or PS3 consoles. Overall the system takes up less shelf space and seems to handle long hours of use without becoming overly hot (at least mine doesn't seem too so far).