November 15, 2013 – Greatness Has Arrived (or the PlayStation 4 has been released, in layman’s terms). *cue appropriate music*

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Yes, today I received my copy of the brand new PlayStation 4. I had preordered it awhile back (actually about 5 minutes after it first became available on Amazon.com) and have been preparing for its launch ever since. This is the first time I have ever been able to afford a console on launch day, or even remotely close to launch day for that matter, and it was well worth the wait.

I ended up having to wait all day on Friday to receive it. You see, for some reason my neighborhood is always like, the last neighborhood in town to get deliveries from UPS so I had to wait until about 6:30PM before it was delivered (it had been out for delivery since 7AM). I figured this would happen since it has never not happened, so I wasn’t too upset. Anyway it was worth it, like I said, and I am just so happy to have it at all!

The console itself is very pretty. I think the design is sleek and practical, giving it a very modern look that will last for some time. Sheila here (yes, that is my PS4’s name) is a beauty.

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As you can see the front has 2 USB ports, a power button, a disc slot and a cute little light that shines in different colors depending on the mode the PS4 is in. For example there is a standby mode that allows you to keep the console in – you guessed it – standby and when in that mode the light turns yellow. In standby the console can still do things like charge controllers while not being projected on the television and is readily available when you’re ready to get back into it again. It’s pretty cool, really.

So the console comes with a power cable, a HDMI cable, a charge cable for the controller, a cute little headset, and of course the controller itself.

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The Dualshock 4 is very responsive and fits nicely in the hands. For those of you who thought that the Dualshock 3’s analog sticks were too close together: Fret not, these sticks are spaced nicely. The buttons have a nice feeling too and the controller is really lightweight yet sturdy. The touch screen thing is really cool as well. I was pleasantly surprised by how it was integrated in games and in the menus. I am looking forward to seeing how it will be used in the future.

There is also that neat little share button. I must say that this is one of the coolest things in the history of ever. Basically the PS4 is always recording your gameplay. If you do something really cool you can hit the share button and create a little video up to 15 minutes long of your gameplay. You can also take simple screenshots and share them on Facebook and Twitter, like this:

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I took this picture while playing Killzone: Shadowfall and shared it to Facebook instantly. There is also a light on the top of the controller that shines blue most of the time but also shows in other colors. I noticed that while playing Killzone: Shadowfall it changed colors depending on my health. When my health was full it was green, as I was getting hurt it turned yellow, and if I was about to die it turned red. I though it was really neat, plus I’m a bit frightened of the dark so having a little light is nice.

In the box with the console I also received a voucher for a 30-day trial of PlayStation Plus, a 30-day trial of Music Unlimited, and $10 to spend on the PlayStation Store. I thought that getting $10 to spend on whatever I want just for getting a PS4 was pretty awesome to be honest. I just like littler perks like this.

The new menu (the one replacing the XMB from the PlayStation 3) is also really cool. I didn’t have the chance to take a screenshot of it that could be posted here for reference, but I found it to be really smooth and streamlined. It’s functional yet simple, which I really like. Overall the PlayStation 4 is a work of art. I can’t wait to spend some more time messing around with all its features and play some games on it. It’s a fantastic time to be a gamer and so far I am loving next-gen (or rather current gen at this point)!

Those of you who picked up a PS4 – what are some of your favorite aspects? If you don’t have one yet but want one, what are you looking forward to the most? If you don’t want one at all then I don’t know what to tell you. You’re missing out.