PS4 is failing, COD hasn’t changed, and BF4 is back on track.

ps4-rhombox-croppedAs of this writing the PS4 is having a little trouble. Their PSN network has crashed twice so far, units are arriving DOA, and some units have bad HDMI ports.

I hope for all the gamers out there, this is an isolated event and the 0.4% failure rate remains at that. We won’t know the full story till next week though, the first 72 hours is critical, this is the burn in stage. This is where people really put the system through the cycles, and if the quality is sub par it will come out during this time. Also real world use differs from the lab. Temperatures and environments differ from house to house unlike the lab/factory setting. This is not to say that PS4 will fail, if we learned anything from the 360 launch is that if handled correctly despite it’s problems it can still succeed and Sony needs this win, last time I checked they were deep in the red. Also Sony is loosing $60 per unit sold, which they hope to get back from PSN subscriptions and game licensing. Similar to what MS did with the 360 last generation.

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Recently here in Canuck land, Best Buy and Futreshop had a amazing trade in deal. If you brought in any old used game into the store you could trade it in for a brand new copy of either BF4, COD Ghosts, or Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag for the PS3, 360, or Wii U. I took advantage of this offer and got myself a copy of COD Ghosts and AC IV BF. Black Flag is a decent adventure game, something one would expect from the franchise. COD Ghosts on the other hand is the same old with a new setting. It’s absurd how this franchise is being milked for every last penny. It’s the same run and gun garbage of COD past, nothing has changed, level design is basic, and it is still full of newbs. This game doesn`t even pose a challenge online anymore. They need to do something about this franchise and shake things up. Once again I was very disappointed with this.

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Finally let’s talk about Battlefield 4. The PC launch of the game was abysmal, network lag, server crashes, and stutter. Plagued with problems reminiscent of the BF3 launch it was unplayable. Before launch there were promises of the new and improved Netcode, which was supposed to improve online performance. This was not the case. There were problems when playing online, sometimes it would appear that one would get shot around corners, it seemed that there was too much network lag. Sometimes the game would crash at random intervals, and servers would also crash at random intervals. I gave up and put the game down. Then came two weeks of server updates, and on November 14th a 1GB client update. What a difference the update made. Online play is now smooth, enemies are no longer appearing from nowhere, and the game is finally competitive again. Once again I am able to play the Battlefield franchise which I have been playing since the first version “1942”, in college on a LAN environment. If you’ve never played the BF games I suggest you give them a try. They are a squad based, scratch that… squad oriented cooperative games, you have to work together. If you play the lone gun man like in COD you will go down faster than a teenage girl on prom night. The only advice I have to you in this game, is always play cooperatively, this makes the difference between winning and losing.

See you on the Battlefield.

UPDATE: It looks like both systems have their issues after all. XBO has Blue-Ray drive issues. Glad I bought a Wii U. I think Nintendo is the only company that can build a proper gaming console. I’m really sick and tired of this beta culture.

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About Nerd Drivel

Knowledge is power. Empower yourself! I've been a computer nerd since I was 7 years old. I started in the days of the Power PC with a Commodore 64. As I grew so did my knowledge and curiosity, anything I could take apart with a screw driver would be opened and investigated. Later on I went on to graduate from a post secondary Computer Engineering program. Today I work in an IT department for a mid sized company, I get to tinker and toy with gadgets of all types, fuelling my passion for technology and software. I understand computers more than I understand some people.

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