Between Wii U, Xbox One and all the other gaming systems, why is Playstation 4 considered to be so different? There are superficial things you can point to such as the game libraries and the accessories offered, but even some of the games featured on the PS4 are available on other systems, like Watchdog. So why choose a system that doesn’t seem to have all the bells and whistles that the others offer?
It could be because you take your gaming seriously and you want the system with the best track record of delivering a hardware platform with an OS that can handle the kind of power and delivery a serious gamer expects. All of this comes from decisions Sony made when it came time to set up the design structure for the PlayStation series. Gaming is such an established industry now that just saying that a game was created by someone associated with a title hit design is enough to get pre-orders placed. With the gaming systems, all of the companies keep jockeying to find the marketing tagline to prove that how they did the design of the hardware and operating platform will deliver better performance.
The PS4 is the only one that looked backwards to move forwards. While other platforms grabbed gamers to help design their console and power support system, Sony was smart enough to realize it isn’t the gamers and the front end designers that know what makes a gaming system capable of supporting fast play – it’s the engineers who assemble the hardware. This console is the latest generation to come out of the design team at Sony that features software and hardware engineers working side by side with gamers and front end programmers. The result is a streamline, dedicated gaming platform with no time for frills and distractions. Gamers have responded by making the PlayStation series one of the most popular home entertainment gaming systems ever released.
It will most likely go through several years of upgrades before it has maxed out its current technical specifications. The next generation of PlayStation (which is already in development) is looking towards integrating more intuitive control systems. Sony puts a limit onto how much they will patch onto a core system before releasing a newly engineered design. This keeps their machines responsive. There are only so many patches that a game console can process before the upgrades start interfering with the core processing.
There are over 75 new games and updated versions of known games being designed for the PS 4 that are scheduled for release throughout 2014 and 2015. They have some of the most prominent third party developers working to expand the game option in the PS4 library. You will find all the old standards like Madden, but you will also find Watchdog, Diablo III, Plants vs Zombies and Metro rolling out new versions. There are exciting new games like Infamous and Natural Doctrine coming out too.
You can read a great review for the PS4 at Polygon.