Ars Technica, on game installations:
Every article I've read seems to agree with this - barely any upfront install times on games, 45s-1min max. I was worried after reading about the size of some of these installs, whether it would get in the way of quickly playing.
Power draw and noise are impressive:
(PS3 Slim is @ 120W for comparison)
To me, the only thing that's missing is one interesting game.
This past generation has dragged on too long. Though there were still standout moments, many proven ideas became too relied upon, while graphics hit a ceiling. The PlayStation 4 is a long-overdue leap forward for Sony, but it doesn't take any risks. Sharing features might change how players approach playing and watching games, but it doesn't change the central experience.
The controller will make playing them more comfortable, but it too is merely an advancement on an a controller blueprint that was etched in the mid-nineties.
Fears that console gaming would buck and bend to the whims of the fickle casual market have proven false - this system is absolutely built for core gamers. And yet, for those expecting to see something that definitively turns a corner, you won't find it here just yet.
There's a good chance that the software platform will allow for greater innovations in the future, such as more streaming options expected to be added later down the line, but for now, Sony is selling a futuristic machine with not many new things to do on it.
I've always found hardware reviews so useless.
It's the same old obvious stuff that everyone already assumes about consoles launches.
"Lack of Big AAA games"
"There is potential here but we have to wait and see"
"They COULD implement 3rd party DRM"
Who didn't know this going in? You can just look at the launch lineup and you have already discovered half of the points made in these reviews.
I wish we could somehow take today's internet back in time to the ps1, 2 and even 3 launch (since forums like this were still not nearly as big) and see the widespread panic to those mediocre launch games.
No one has the ability to think long term anymore.