The PlayStation 4 is quickly becoming the console of choice for the vast majority of gamers everywhere and for good reason. The PS4 is the world’s most powerful next-generation console, with a competitive price, sleek design and it rectifies almost all the problems that plagued its predecessor. However, the PS4 is by no means perfect and there are some things about the console that make us want to pull out our hair in frustration. Here are our top 5 things that we hate about the PS4:
5. The Controller
The DS4 is a massive improvement over the DS3, which frankly, was not all that great, especially compared to the Xbox 360 controller (with the exception of the 360’s woeful d-pad). However, the controller has quite a few issues that annoys the heck out of us.
The thumbsticks are prone to wear and tear and this has been a common complaint from many people. In fact, our own thumbsticks have worn out and its simply not acceptable. The problem is so widespread that many people have resorted to swapping the thumbsticks over from the Xbox One controller.
The lightbar can be a right pain the retinas. Why on Earth can we not turn it off?! It’s especially a problem at night where the damn thing, even at its lowest brightness settings (which isn’t all that different from the highest one) illuminates the room like you’re in some sleazy night club. Luckily you can buy third party stickers to cover up the lightbar.
The battery life of the DS4 controller is by far our biggest problem with the controller. Frankly, its utterly rubbish and whilst on paper, 3-4 hours of battery life might sound adequate to you, in reality what this translates to is you being tethered to your console for the vast majority of your play time. The only real solution to this problem? Buy another controller. The AA batteries on the Xbox One doesn’t sound like such a big joke now do they?
4. The User Interface
Again, the UI has seen a marked improvement over the XMB on the PS3 but there are still some problems with the current interface, the biggest one being the completely inefficient way you access your games. Its just a long horizontal line of games and strikes at the heart of the efficiency and speed that the PS4 otherwise focuses on. Give us ways to customise our folders so that navigating through isn’t so laborious and uninteresting.
3. The Lack of Media Support
Get your act together Sony. Its been over a year and we have no media support on this so-called next-gen console. Not only has the Xbox One had comprehensive media support for a while, the PS3 puts its successor to shame in that regard. We were promised an update allowing media support and we are still waiting. It’s taking far too long and needs to get sorted ASAP!
2. Online instability
We were hoping Sony would get their arse in gear when it came to sorting out their online infrastructure but so far, in our experience, PSN has proved to be far too unstable, with regular outages and far too much downtime that happens to take place at the most inconvenient time (mind you, when is a convenient time ?). The DDOS attacks that crippled both Xbox Live and PSN over Christmas proved the latter service’s comparable instability and we hope this will prompt Sony to get their act together.
1. The Fanboys
Fanboys in general can be a pain in the ass but of all the fanboys that infest the gaming world, no group takes the cake more than Sony fanboys, who have routinely proven themselves to be some of the most toxic, destructive, pathetic, immature and downright annoying groups of people to ever walk on the Earth. Take Floyd Mayweather’s arrogance, add Katie Hopkin’s vitriol, everything about Kanye West and sprinkle it with some Bieber fever and what you get is pretty close to what your average Sony fanboy is like.
The Sony Defense Force is by far the most aggressive, the most obnoxious and, of course, the most defensive- Jim Sterling, Destructoid
From signing petitions in favour of DRM on the Xbox One, submitting fake reviews en masse on Amazon and Metacritic, posting comments on YouTube videos forcing the likes of Toys R’ Us to disable comments, Sony fanboys seem content with spending so much energy deriding everyone else’s taste in gaming that we routinely wonder how they have any time left over to play videogames.
According to them, if you are a PC gamer, you have no real exclusives to play, an average gaming PC costs upwards of $57 million and 4k/ resolution doesn’t matter. If you game primarily on Nintendo’s platforms then your console is pathetic, not next-gen, has no decent third party titles and just consists of Mario games. If you dare state that you game primarily on the Xbox platforms then you are a fool for picking the weaker console, which has no games, “Kinect lol!”, resolution matters and Killzone is better than Halo (no seriously, we have read this many times).
Bear in mind, we are talking about fanboys and not your general PlayStation fan but we personally know of a few people who wanted to buy a PS4 but their dealings with a select few members of the PS4 ‘community’ actually put them off the purchase in the end. Unfortunately, this problem is here to stay and there is very little Sony can do to rectify it. Mind you, they probably don’t see it as a problem because Sony now has a legion of unpaid PR staff who will market their console for them 24/7.
Stay tuned for our top 5 list of things we hate on the Xbox One, Wii U and PC.