November will mark the two year anniversary of the North American launch of the PlayStation 4. In the two years since its release, Sony has earned over $22.3 million in worldwide sales. Arguably, it’s the best gaming console available today.
And I finally have one.
I knew I was going to get one, but I couldn’t decide on the right time. Final Fantasy XV is coming out next year (maybe), but did I really want to wait for one game to come out in order to purchase a new console? What games are out right now that I’d be missing out on?
Ultimately, what decided me was being at the right place at the right time. I found a sale on a console that came with two games, and a coupon for a gift certificate. I also found myself at a store during a weekend with no kid, and a wife who was totally fine with me buying a new console.
No brainer, right?
Setting up my new console was a breeze. There was a software update, and it took a mere couple minutes compared to the epic 20-minute update I had to do with my PS3. I waived the console’s request to access my Facebook page. The feature seems cool, but I just don’t have enough gamer friends to want to share content.
The PS4’s User Interface (UI) is similar to the PS3’s XMB, drawing your eye to the media on your hard drive rather than all the options and settings associated with your PlayStation account, although I had fun working my way through the settings, fine-tuning my entertainment preferences. Accessing entertainment apps like Netflix and Spotify are quick and easy. They seem to connect much quicker than on my PS3, and I don’t know why that is.
Did I mention as an afterthought I bought Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain?
Metal Gear Solid was the first game I played on my new PS4, and it is beautiful. I’ve been a huge fan of the Metal Gear series since Metal Gear Solid released on the first PlayStation. The final “Hideo” game, so far, is brilliant, and a masterpiece to the diehard fans out there. I can’t say everyone will love it, but it was a great first choice. I also dove into the game Watch Dogs for a while. I’m excited to get back to it, but for now, all attention in on Metal Gear.
In the end, I’m very happy with my purchase. I’ll hang onto my PS3 for a good long while because I still have a ton of games on that console (and the PS4 is not backwards compatible). For now, my PS3 is my Netflix streaming device in my bedroom, but I just know that one day soon I’ll have a hankering for some online Borderlands game play.
The only thing I haven’t pulled the trigger on yet is PlayStation Plus, the PlayStation equivalent to Xbox Live, but with the feature of a free online gaming library. I likely will soon, but for now, online gaming isn’t a necessity, and I don’t need access to a bunch of free games either.
Annnnnd, of course, after all that time waiting for the right time to buy a PS4, I had to do it right before Sony announced a drop in price...starting tomorrow. PS4 consoles drop to $349 starting October 9th. So much for great timing.
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