I want to buy PS4 now and E3 2015 is to blame
I’ve been a fan of Sony’s PlayStation consoles for a long time. I remember going to college to play games like FIFA Street, Pro Evolution Soccer, Black, God of War and many more on PlayStation 2 at a gaming cafe near my house. After starting my first real job in 2011, I invested in a PlayStation 3 (PS3) and a TV just to play all the Uncharted games I had read so much about. In fact, I finished all three Uncharted games in one weekend!
I’ve been watching the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) since its launch in 2013. From its sleek looks to the upgraded specs, the PS4 has me completely captivated. I delayed the inevitable purchase mainly because of a low roster of games at launch and the fact that I had a backlog of games on my PS3.
Now that E3 2015 is here, and after watching Sony’s conference, I don’t think I can wait any longer for the purchase. If you think you can talk me out of buying one right away, I’m sure my wallet (if it could talk) will thank you profusely. But if my list of reasons persuades you to get a PS4 instead, don’t blame me.
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E3 2015 Games
Two words: Uncharted 4. I’ve seen the two Uncharted 4 gameplay demos that series developer Naughty Dog has unveiled and I can’t help but think about experiencing this latest adventure with Nathan Drake and Sully. Additionally, I found the gameplay demo of The Last Guardian, a game whose release was shrouded in a cloud of mystery, quite captivating.
There’s also Horizon Zero Dawn, a new IP unveiled at E3. This is an open-world RPG game with giant mechanical robot dinosaurs and a female lead wielding a bow and arrow. The trailer looked interesting, to say the least. And aside from that, there are a plethora of third-party games that caught my eye, such as No Man’s Sky, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
Most of these games won’t be released until 2016, but that gives me plenty of time to catch up on the games I’ve already missed playing on the PS4. At the top of this list are titles like The Last of Us Remastered, GTA V, and Infamous Second Son.
Since realizing my PS3 is DLNA compatible, I’ve taken full advantage of it by streaming all of my laptop’s media directly to my TV. It’s so easy to use that I’ve never had to buy a Chromecast or Smart TV set-top box. The omission of a media player on the PS4 was a big disappointment, and it’s one of the reasons I was hesitant to upgrade. PS4 streaming has been around for a while through Plex and third-party apps, but it wasn’t as easy as using the PS3.
During E3, Sony officially confirmed that a software update will allow the PS4 to play videos, music and photos from a USB stick and via DLNA. I’m just glad Sony decided to fix this, because it means the PS4 can continue to be my media center, like my PS3 was.
The games look so good on the PS4
I recently downloaded a digital copy of Far Cry 4 on the PS3, and the moment I launched the game, the random texture pop-ins and poor quality textures made me cringe. In fact, it looked a lot worse than Far Cry 3. This coming from someone who doesn’t care much about graphical fidelity is the point to note here. It doesn’t stop at Far Cry 4, even games like Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Shadow of Mordor looked really bad. Games are now designed for new consoles, and developers are forced to remove key assets and graphical flourishes to make games work on older consoles.
And the games on PS4 are beautiful. I played Infamous Second Son for a bit on PS4 and immediately fell in love with its colorful high definition visuals and consistent 60fps frame rates. Batman: Arkham Knight looks and plays best on a PS4, as the PC port is a complete mess as even powerful cards like the Nvidia GTX980 struggle to run it at medium settings without dropping framerates. pictures. The fact that the PS4 can play most games at 1080p is another huge plus.
Replaceable hard drive
Sony recently announced a 1TB edition of the PS4 overseas and is rumored to take until November (or later) to reach Indian shores. Its price will probably be much higher too. But that’s really not a problem because the PS4 hard drive can easily be replaced and we already have a detailed guide on how users can do it.
My PS Plus Collection
However, the main reason to upgrade is PlayStation Plus and the huge library of PS4 games I already have. Let me explain to you. Ever since I subscribed to PS Plus for Rs. 2,250 per year, I have been addicted to the service. It offers incredible value for money, even with its current annual subscription fee of Rs. 3,999. You get at least two games for each of Sony’s three consoles – PS4, PS3 and PS Vita (portable), every month . And the same account can be used on all your devices, so if you have a PS3, PS Vita, and PS4, you’ll get six or more free games every month.
What makes it an even better deal is that you can download all the games even if you don’t have the system but have a subscription to the service. In other words, as a PS3 player, I could already “buy” free copies of PS4 games, which I will download once I get the console. Seriously, I can’t think of a better way to get gamers hooked on a particular ecosystem.
I have accumulated all the free games on this service for the PS4. Admittedly, there are very few AAA titles but I really want to play indie games like Transistor and CounterSpy which are already in my download list. I can’t do that unless I buy a PS4 now, can I?
Please respond in the comments section if you have any further points to add or if you would like to dissuade me from purchasing one with your own reasons. In the meantime, Sony, can we get a price drop for the PS4 yet?
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