When the Playstation 4 was first announced, I told myself I’ll wait for another year before getting one. I’m not the type of gamer who falls in line just to get the newest gadget – or in my case, the next generation console on day 1. I’ve experienced the horrors of being one of the early adopters of the current gen consoles and I don’t want to experience that again – yes, I’m looking at you PS3 and Xbox 360.“I’ve experienced the horrors of being one of the early adopters of the current gen consoles…”
When the PS3 was first released, I’m sooo excited that I bought the console on day 1. 2 weeks later, I then decided to get the Xbox 360. Both units worked great on my early months of gaming until “it” happened. It started on my “fat” PS3 where it doesn’t want to read any bluray discs anymore – also known as the “Bluray Disc Drive Failure”. Fast forward a couple of months and my Xbox 360 also suffered the same fate – more known as the “RROD” or “Red Ring Of Death”. I was so disappointed about it that I decided to never ever buy a console during its earlier months – and even better, don’t buy it on day 1.
Well, let’s fast forward again and here we are on the “next-gen” age. Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are already out. Lots of people are already gaming on those 2 consoles. Games looks absolutely great running at native 60 fps. Graphical fidelity also competes with some of the high-end PC setups today. Those are just some of the reasons why everybody are going crazy over these next-gen consoles – including me.“I’ve waited patiently watching everyone post pictures of their shiny new PS4 on social media…”
Well, I kept my promise to never ever purchase a new console on day 1. I’ve waited patiently watching everyone post pictures of their shiny new PS4 on social media. It’s not really fun to see your friends already gaming while you sit there and comment on the latest screenshot they’ve just taken while playing Killzone Shadowfall.
Well, the waiting did give me some useful information about these next-gen consoles. I saw a LOT of reports of defective PS4’s out of the box – particularly the “HDMI” issue where the console is not communicating properly with the TV via it’s HDMI cable. I saw LOTS of these on the internet which made me more skeptical on getting one. There are also reports of PS4’s “bricking” itself after an update which is also scary specially if you shelled out $400+ for this new system.
But seeing my friends (all of them) already doing multiplayer and posting the video (taken directly using PS4’s share features) on facebook – it kinda makes you want to buy already – badly. They’ve been gaming non-stop when they bought the console on day 1 and nothing had happened “yet”. Well, i just told myself “$%#^ it” and bought it after roughly 3 months of waiting and watching. At least I didn’t buy it on day 1.“PS4’s shiny black thing is a freaking scratch and dust magnet…”
PS: And did I mention that PS4’s shiny black thing is a freaking scratch and dust magnet? We already told Sony to never use this kind of material in their products (PS3 “Fat”). Mine got scratches now without even touching it. But to be fair, 80% of the body is already matte so I think Sony did listen to us.