Well, I guess it had to happen. One of the games I play fairly often is DC Universe Online – aka: DCUO. While I played it on the PS3, there was a limitation that I was terribly frustrated by: higher-leveled characters could use area-of-effect (AOE) spells and powers that just flat toasted my PS3’s graphics card. The images would lag, load slow, or in worst-case scenarios the image would totally pixelate and the system would lock up. It wasn’t just my system either – this was a problem lots of PS3 users would talk about in chat. It has long seemed like the only remedy is to upgrade to a PS4.
In addition to that, there was another game, The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO or ESO) which a friend and I have been trying to play together, because we both like the series that preceded it and we can interact in real time even though he’s in Florida and I’m in Kansas. ESO is not available at all on the PS3, but it IS available to the PS4.
Put both of those paragraphs together, and it was inevitable that I would eventually get a PS4. About a week ago, I found a listing on eBay where a guy had bought a special (meaning more expensive than normal) edition PS4 as a present for one of his kids, only to find out that the kid didn’t like Star Wars (it has a Darth Vader silhouette line sketch on the outside of the box). So he was selling it (still NEW, in the box) for over $100 off the usual price so he could get a different one as a Christmas present for the kid. It seemed to me like a win-win, I get the PS4, his kid gets something he likes.
The PS4 arrived ON Black Friday. I also ordered (via eBay) a copy of the ESO game for the PS4, from a different seller, that arrived at the same time.
First off, the setup process was a LOT more cumbersome than I thought it needed to be. When I put in my PSN log-in information to access the account I had set up while gaming on the PS3, it went to a loading-screen that displayed a polite little animated swirling circle with the words, “PLEASE WAIT” – and stayed there for over 24 HOURS. I still don’t know what it was trying to do, but I finally gave up and hit the “Back” button to escape whatever it was doing, and moved on. Most of my trophies, friend contacts, and other such information seem to have been transferred alright, but I’m still not entirely pleased.
It seems that ESO has some sort of partnership with SONY beyond just making a version of the install software for the PS4. ESO is a massive, multi-player, online game. That is all that it is. There is no game without being online and logged in. But, ESO won’t even install on the PS4 unless you ALSO have a PSN Plus subscription. The only real difference between ESO and DCUO is cosmetic, but DCUO was originally released for the PS3, and so does not require the Plus subscription.
I’m pretty disappointed with the PS4, overall. It is not backwards compatible, which means that none of the games I already have for the PS3 will play on the PS4. There are no PS4 versions of any of those games, except for Dragon Age: Inquisistion, which I don’t really care for because it’s so different from the other Dragon Age games it should have a different name. I looked in the Playstation Store, and there aren’t many PS4 games at all, and the ones they do have aren’t games I want to play.
So, it seems that the only reason I now have a PS4 is to play DCUO, or take advantage of the social networking stuff. If you have a PS4 and want to add a new friend, leave me a message with your ID, and I may hook up. I would just put my account name here, but automated spam-bots troll the internet specifically looking for things like that.