PS4 Impressions: A Taste of the Future
I dropped by a Gamestop on my way home Monday night to see the PS4 in person. It was smaller than expected, and so was the DualShock 4, but the controller felt good in my hands. I like the design of both. As others have mentioned, it's a very mature looking console.
I played Knack for a while, and then FIFA 14. Knack was reasonably entertaining, though I'm having a difficult time seeing anything that can only be done on next hardware. The textures didn't look particularly detailed, and a lot of the stuff to do with the particles of Knack's body were faked with motion blur. It doesn't appear that all the pieces are individually tracked when you dodge, for example. The one improvement that's apparent is the sharpness and resolution. I assume Knack is easily running at 1080p, but I'd need access to a display with signal information.
FIFA 14, on the other hand, does look next gen. Playing it is very similar to watching a soccer match on TV. There are many, many player animations, and collisions and ball physics look fantastic. I'm not much of a sports gamer, but this isn't a bad title for showing off what a box like this can do.
I was disappointed that the display PS4 was running some sort of demo interface, so I couldn't play with the real UI. I'll get to see plenty of that today, though, as Polygon is running a PS4 livestream today from 12pm EST until midnight with gameplay, discussion, and special guests. I'll be tuned in.