Can you believe it? Two years ago today, the PS4 launched in South Africa. It has been a phenomenal 24 months with some of the greatest experiences only playable on PS4. But over the past 24 months, the PS4 has grown not only in its software library, but with its hardware line-up too. Here are some of the biggest moments over the past 24 months on the PS4.
December – January 2013 – The Ps4 Launched (Firmware 1.50)
Unlike the US and UK, we in SA had to wait another 2 weeks until we could got our hands on the PS4. The PS4 launched on 13 December 2013, with all the titles and accessories available for the console.
The vertical stand, Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and all those cross-gen games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.
But the launch of the Ps4 was not all joy and happiness, as it brought with it the realisation that next gen would be filled with massive downloads, nothing we as gamers had ever experienced before. We are talking about games that are well over the 50GB mark, this meant long downloads, and bigger storage space.
The PS4 also launched with a mandatory download of firmware 1.50 needed to operate the console. Some of these features in this system update included:
- Remote Play
- Second Screen
- Screenshot feature
- Party chat
- Background downloads
February – June 2014 – The dry season for the PS4 (Firmware 1.60)
It was not until the next year that PS4 owners actually got new games as December came with a few games, but more delays than ever before. Watch_Dogs was one of the titles that was supposed to be a launch game, but was delayed until 2014.
Although the PS4 received a few games, the focus was still on the PS3 and Xbox 360 during these months, some of the biggest games of 2014 released on the last gen platforms. Games like Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Dark Souls 2, Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, Final fantasy X HD Remaster, and more released on PS3 and Xbox 360 rather than PS4.
But the PS4 finally got its first exclusive release of 2014 when inFAMOUS: Second Son released in March of 2014. This was one of the first games to truly showcase the power of the PS4.
During this time, the PS4 received firmware 1.60 – 1.70 which added a ton of new features like:
- Real name profile support
- Trophy sorting
- The ability to dim the DualShock 4 lightbar
July – November 2014: PlayStation Gets Destiny (Firmware 2.00)
Over the next few months The PS4 had a few noteworthy releases, but nothing to write home about. We saw the release of Watch_Dogs, which was underwhelming, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Middle Earth, Shadow of Mordor, and the much anticipated Destiny.
Sony also released its beta program for the upcoming PlayStation Now. A rental service that allows users to rent old PS3 games and stream them to their consoles, tablest and TVs without the need for a console. This service is still unavailable in SA due to internet infrastructure.
During this time, the PS4 Wireless Headset 2.0 released. This headset is a first party accessory that Sony developed which goes hand in hand with the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. It supports 7.1 virtual surround sound, pre-set sound modes tailor made by video game developers, and a hidden crystal clear microphone.
The PS4 received a few noteworthy updates during this time that included the following changes:
- Theme support
- YouTube upload support
- Music playable from a USB
Let us not forget the biggest game of 2014, Dragon Age Inquisition, which won Game of the Year, as well as RPG of the year at the annual Spike Video Game Awards.
January – June 2015: The PS4 makes an impact (Firmware 2.50)
Let us face the truth, 2014 was not the year of “next-gen”.
Bigger and better games still released on PS3 and Xbox 360, and those games that did release, were multi-platform, so a port basically. It was not until 2015 rolled around that we finally got to see the power of the PS4 and the true reason why we bought one in the first place.
The year started off with Dying Light, a zombie smasher which took over the world with its open design and unique parkour movements. While we were busy with that, March saw one of the best games of the year, Bloodborne. This was a PS4 exclusive from the creators of Dark Souls, and it showed off the power of the PS4 while taking players through a gruesome world filled with sickness and gore.
But the games did no end there as so many more released over the next few months that gamers could not keep up. Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Project CARS, Destiny: The House of Wolves Expansion, Magicka 2, Batman Arkham Knight, Mortal Kombat X – the list just goes on.
Along with all the games came firmware 2.50 which introduced some of the most anticipated features to the PS4:
- Rest Mode – The ability to put your console into standby without exiting your game, and resuming it from that point.
- Data backup and restore feature from an external hard drive
- Convert sub account to a master account
July – December 2015: Even more games (Firmware 3.00)
The rest of 2015 was even better for the PS4 as it received more games that made it the best to play in 2015. Quite a number of downloadable titles hit the PS4 in the upcoming months, such as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Helldivers, Grow Home, and more.
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In September we finally got our hands on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Destiny’s latest expansion pack, The Taken King, Skylanders: Superchargers, and The Elder Scrolls: Online: Tamriel Unlimited. But if that wasn’t enough, the next few months would rob your blind. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone, Just Cause 3, Need for Speed, and Bloodborne DLC.
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What was great about the rest of 2015, is that the games were for current consoles, and not ports released for both PS3 and PS4. This meant we were given richer and deeper experiences over anything we have every experienced before. The PS4 also received firmware 3.0 which added:
- YouTube Broadcasting
- Twitter video uploads
- PlayStation App features
So there you have 2 years of PS4 in a nutshell. As we approach 2016, we cannot wait to see what is in store for us as we get even further into the PS4 life cycle. One thing is for sure, things can only get better.