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The PS4 is Terrible

The PS4 is the most terrible piece of garbage I have ever had the horror to experience. This thing is bottom of the barrel trash. And I am dumbfounded that there isn’t more of an uproar about it on the internet. Sony is an absolute disgrace in every way, and I will never buy another product from them again.

Why, you ask? On boxing day 2014, I saw that EB Games were having a sale on Sony PlayStation 4. They were including 5 games in a bundle that was slightly better value than before christmas. I’d been thinking about getting the PS4 for a while so I decided it was time, I figured I’d spoil myself, get together all of my Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) games and console take it in to trade them, and walk home with a brand new shiny console for hours of entertainment.

I should be honest, I don’t actually play console games much at all. I’ve had a console of some sort for the last 20 years+ of some sort or another, including NES, Sega Master System, Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, and most recently PS3. I came to a realisation a few years ago that my interest in console games had completely waned. I only play once in a blue moon, or if a friend comes round we might have a laugh with some Grand Theft Auto carnage.

I also have come to believe that PC gaming is far superior than console gaming in every way.

I actually always hated the PS3 OS and the interface. I found it ugly, clunky, and just shit. The load time, system updates, and everything about it just feels terrible. The only reason I have ‘stuck’ with Sony is because I didn’t want to support Microsoft in the gaming world.

So I wasn’t extremely excited about the PS4, I more just wanted to get it to upgrade to the latest version. I figured I could get rid of my old PS3 which was the 60GB version – that was the very loud, very large, dust collecting, backwards compatible console (that I never ONCE played a ps2 game on). Also when I say “loud” I mean, this thing sounded like a plane was taking off under my TV. This thing was also as heavy as a fucking car. I’m not exaggerating. If you kicked this piece of shit as hard as you could, it would break your foot and not affect it in any way.

I also figured it would be a good “media centre” update as well, I’d be able to watch movies on it just as I could on my PS3, but being the latest version, obviously it would be even better.

So I went into the store and traded in 11 PS3 games and my console, I was offered a measly $90 trade in value – a bit of a kick in the guts, but I continued onwards.

The pre-pubescent, pimply faced sales kid told me that “You have to pay to access the PlayStation Network. You have to pay to play online at all”. I stopped. My jaw dropped
“Are you fucking serious?” (There are about 30-40 people in queue, close by & listening in a boxing day rush).
“I know, that was my first reaction too, but <13 yo sales guy pitch here>“.
“That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard”.

Really, Sony charging for access to their online world is SO fucking outrageous it is disgusting. They have the worst online network, it’s been HACKED numerous times, it’s down all the time, it’s just inferior to EVERY alternative in EVERY way. Just using PC games you have a FAR wider audience, and way cheaper entry.

Alas I’d come this far, so I continued.

Then the rodent sales guy asks if I want a second controller:
“Sure” I said.
“Oh but it doesn’t come with a cable.”
“… Wait… What? Did you just say… the controller… doesn’t come… with a cable? I… I just… How?”
“Nope haha, I recommend you buy this docking station power charger too so you can charge them both. That way you don’t need to have the console turned on to charge the controllers. The controllers die really quickly because of their led display”
“That sounds… Really terrible. How could they not include a cable? Don’t they just use the normal USB/micro USB cables? Don’t worry, I already have them”
“Oh no they don’t use those cables” (they do)
“Can you just sell me a normal cable?”
“Sure. Oh wait, we don’t have any left sorry”
“Oh god…”

So after being forcefully up-sold with Sony’s shamefully terrible products and non existent business ethics, I continued.

Eventually after further disappointment being told I couldn’t trade any of the ‘bundled’ games for less shit games, I walked out of there having spent way more than I expected, and feeling absolutely terrible about the whole ordeal.

So I got home, plugged it all in, went to enter my account/profile details and connect to PlayStation Network. ERROR. That’s right, the PlayStation Network was down. The “online” network that Sony have the arrogant nerve to think they can charge for, was not accessible on christmas, or the next 3-4 days – the peak holiday time, when the entire PlayStation world would have been wanting to play. You couldn’t come up with a more ridiculous story – really. They are just a fucking laughing stock.

Turns out it was due to constant DDOS attacks. I’m not going to go into the reasons etc (google it), but I have to be honest, I’m GLAD that they got attacked. They deserve to be absolutely caned for their disgusting service. Having said that, if they’re going to charge for their pathetic appalling network, they are OBLIGED to have better security security, backup measures and alternative plans for these situations, otherwise what the fuck do they deserve our money for?

So far everything about this piece of shit was just terrible. For days I tried entering in my credentials (the console doesn’t save your email address/password, so every single time I had to re-enter it again using the painfully slow controller/keyboard method – just a small example of why the playstation UI sucks). But after a few days the network finally came back online. I tried to connect, ERROR. I googled it – and Sony’s genius engineering team advised “reboot your machine” (fucking idiots). I rebooted my machine, it did nothing. I still got an error. Eventually I found an obscure manual network setting adjustment which was NOT specified by Sony but rather some clever punter. Finally I was online.

After exploring some of the options/settings I was baffled as to why there is so much focus placed on social networking and sharing etc. As if anyone cares about sony and their social media – these guys are completely deluded.

Anyway I played GTA5 a few times. It was as lacklustre as it was on the PS3, but now some of the voices and sounds seemed to come out of the controller. I don’t find this adds ANY immersion whatsoever – it’s actually confusing, and to be honest I’d rather it just not happen, with the benefit of a longer battery life for the shithouse controllers.

Finally a few days later I had a friend coming around and we were going to settle in and watch a movie, so I grabbed my USB with a legally obtained video to watch, and plugged it into the console. Only to discover that the PS4 is unable to play ANY videos copied onto it via USB or any other means. I could not believe it. A major part of my reason to have a console at all was to act as a ‘media centre’. I didn’t even bother to look up this functionality because I just assumed it would be included – why wouldn’t it? I was absolutely dumbfounded and disgusted. What an outrage. I was also stabbing my own eyes with forks in frustration.

On googling responses on the internet I found a range of varied opinions. But as with all gaming topics, you have these strange retarded ‘fanbois’ who stand by their console/platform/game/developer of choice no matter how much they are blatantly and obviously not living up to expectations.

At this stage I just find the whole thing comical. To wrap it up – if you haven’t bought a PS4 yet, don’t do it. Just don’t. It’s a fucking piece of shit. I’ll sign off with a concise list.

Why the PS4 is shit

  • Overly expensive
  • You have to pay to access the PlayStation Network (to play any online games)
  • You can’t play any videos copied to the console. It’s no longer ANY use as a media center.
  • No flash support on the browser at all
  • Second controllers don’t come with cables.
  • Terrible wide impacting bug where the unit will beep and spit out discs randomly for no reason, in mid game or will even try when discs aren’t in there. Sony encourage users to send units back for repair.
  • Shit games.
  • The PlayStation Network was down over the peak holiday period.
  • Sony’s security is known to be appalling, and is a laughing stock worldwide. Peoples sensitive private information has been hacked many times.
  • Sony’s OS and UI are fucking terrible.
  • The physical console is eye hurtingly ugly.
  • The buttons on the unit are pathetic – hard to press, impossible to see the icons on the buttons.
  • The “improvements” of this console are almost all SHIT. The controller voices/audio/lights are just battery wasting gimmicks. The focus on “social networking” and “sharing” is just rubbish that no-one cares about.
  • The community is terrible.
  • You can NEVER, EVER ever change your gamertag/PSN Name.
  • No release button for ejecting stuck discs. Instead it has a retarded loose “not normal” screw that is almost impossible to see, requires opening the machine and even then impossible to get at
  • Much, much more.

I’d love to hear your feedback or experiences. Thanks.

EDIT (November 2015):
Sony you had one job to do!! Let us put in a game and play the game. But no, Sony can’t even build a unit that is able to load a disc and play the disc without RANDOMLY spitting it out! There is a widely known bug with the console where it will randomly just start spitting out the disc in mid game. Or even if there is no disc in the console, it will sit there beeping TRYING to eject it. What the fuck? Seriously. Is it too much to ask this hideous piece of rubbish to not break across the board? Really – is that being greedy? I am absolutely baffled that this unit is so shit. But if that’s not enough, listen to Sony’s suggested fix – they say to turn it off and on again. (Wow, thanks Sony). And if that doesn’t work, send it in for repair! That is unacceptably outrageous! We don’t want to have to pack this thing up in safe packaging, pay for shipping to send it off, and then be without a PS4 for WEEKS – FUCK YOU! But worse still, if you look online you’ll find there is usually a repair you can do yourself (thanks for lying Sony). You open the top of the unit, that’s right, you actually have to pull the ugly thing apart by wrenching the top off revealing the disgusting innards, then there is a hidden screw – I mean it’s almost impossible to see, and you need a very thin long screwdriver to access it (which you’re unlikely to have), and then you need to turn it clockwise “a few times”… But it’s not a “normal” screw; it’s some weird loose piece of shit that doesn’t actually tighten. Couldn’t you have just used a goddamn button you utter retards? Incredibly after breaking apart my piece of shit and ramming screwdrivers into “not normal screws” and tightening the non-tightening screw, this actually worked for me. Fuck you PlayStation 4.

NSW draconian lockout and alcohol laws

Let me start out by outlining the key issue here. The NSW Liberal government are incompetent. They are a nanny state and are running the state into the ground. Premier Barry O’Farrell was the initial moron to introduce the lockout laws, but he later resigned in utter disgrace after claims of corruption in the form of him receiving A$3,000 bottle of Grange Hermitage wine as a pay off. The irony here would be comical if it wasn’t so disgusting. When Mike Baird took over as premier any hope was lost, when this equally corrupt criminal (under the guise of a church going Christian) continued to bow down to developers and big money.

The Sydney casino is exempt from the lockout laws which is proof of clear and blatant corruption. What’s worse is that it is conducted directly in public which is utterly insulting to the masses. There have been massive protests complaining about the terrible corruption. Mike Baird has now earned the name and dedicated hash tag #casinomike

Here are the new lockout and alcohol restriction laws that this appalling government has put in place:

  • 1.30am lockouts. This means if you’re in a venue and you want to duck out to get some food, fresh air, a cigarette, or even some critically needed medicine from your car, you can’t go back in. That’s right, you’re not allowed to go out after Mike Baird’s bedtime.
  • No drinks served after 3am.
  • All bottle shops and liquor stores close at 10pm.

The excuse that these laws were initially put in place was because of 2 recent unfortunate circumstances where 2 guys were “king hit” which resulted in fatalities. This is a sad thing, and the perpetrators who did this are quite simply deadbeat criminals who will never amount to anything. But it’s important to note that both of these incidents occurred between 9pm and 10pm. So anyone who isn’t severely brain damaged can immediately see that the policy isn’t actually aimed at real results, it’s just a political ploy to appear as though he’s done something. It’s a ridiculous attempt at appeasing the media rile up around 2 specific incidents, and it’s not effective. It’s aimed at the paranoid media, and preys on the fear of the population. It’s a dangerous law that removes a part of our freedom, and most people are too blind to even realise.

The real reason the lockouts are in place in the CBD, Oxford street and Kings Cross are to a) destroy the entertainment districts there to drive up residential costs to enjoy the payouts from big developers cheques. and b) drive all late night entertainment to the casino, no doubt to enjoy the payouts from Packer. The fact that the casino is exempt from the lockout zones is clear and blatantly obvious, and it’s a disgrace.

Now many of us are hard working citizens. We work Monday-Friday, 9-5:30. We slug it out in the rat race, we embark on the peak hour nightmare, crawling along like zombies. We do our part to make a living, to survive and to keep food on the table. On the weekend, some of us like to unwind by going out, listening to some music, having a dance and a few drinks. Why on earth does this incompetent state government want to squash us into the ground by enforcing unreasonable restrictions on our social activities? WHY should we be punished for the problems that an EXTREME minority cause? 99.99% of the population are being punished for the actions of the 0.01% trouble makers. Our entire cities nightlife is being crushed because of a few individuals. Sydney is the biggest city in Australia, we want to be recognised as a global city, we hosted the international olympics not so long ago, and now one old man has, in a single spontaneous, ill-conceived, unpremeditated act, has squashed our nightlife appeal.

It makes far more sense to punish the 0.01% of the criminals who committed these crimes than punish the entire city, it’s people, it’s reputation and it’s entertainment industry.

Australia is such a nanny state now that it’s seriously becoming embarrassing. Slowly but surely our freedoms are being crushed, and people don’t even realise it’s happening.

Don’t cut corners on the NBN

I’ll admit the prospect of Tony Abbott leading Australia terrifies me. But you know what? There’s something that is far, far more frightening. There is an obnoxious, uninformed, and ignorant policy that the Liberals have put forward, and it’s their weak, crippled National Broadband Network proposal. If the liberals actually get in power and put in place their reduced, passive, degraded, sub-par NBN plan, it will be detrimental to us as a nation. It will stifle our progress with technology on more levels than most people can imagine. Our nation must vote for Labor and their full performance National Broadband Network. Read more »

Why Internet Explorer should never be forgiven

So Microsoft have recently undertaken a marketing campaign in an attempt to convince people to not hate their browser IE as much as they currently do. The campaign is called The Browser you Loved to Hate. Their whole angle is to try and be “cool” by admitting that their browser used to suck, but now they have learnt and have made this new cool product with IE 9 + 10.

Now what I’m about to say is very important. DON’T BE FOOLED. Don’t buy into this cheap, dodgy attempt at Microsoft trying to save face with IE. Microsoft should never, ever be forgiven for the monstrosity that is Internet Explorer.

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The Future of Humanity

The future of civilization and humanity as we know it is without any doubt heading towards a “hive mind” or “collective consciousness” where we’re all hooked up to the one “brain”. We will become like the Borg, quite literally. This isn’t fantasy, it’s real.


The Borg

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Electronic Cigarettes – Research and Recommendations

So about 6 months ago after noticing a couple of friends smoking e-cigarettes, I embarked on a journey of research to find my first electronic cigarette. It seemed perfect, a safer non-carcinogenic substitute for smoking which provides nicotine, but “Vapour” (Vape) instead of toxic smoke.

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Julia Gillard vs Tony Abbott

I have a major problem with society when it comes to politics. I have almost lost faith in the whole process.

After a lot of consideration, I believe it simply comes down just a few key points:

  1. Due to ignorance, when there is real change, people resist.
  2. Due to greed, if a policy ever involves people having to pay, regardless of what it’s for, people resist.
  3. The minority scream the loudest.

For the past few months, the vibe in Australian politics seems like everyone expects Labor’s Julia Gillard to lose in the upcoming September election. Read more »

WoW’s Most Blacklisted Battlegrounds – Official Statistics

So by now any World of Warcraft players will be aware of the ability to now blacklist battlegrounds. This feature lets you remove up to 2 battlegrounds from being selected when queuing for a random battleground.

I for one had been waiting for this feature ever since “queueing for random battlegrounds” was introduced. In fact a lot of people had. It was unfortunate that the feature was buggy and didn’t work for many months after being introduced. Read more »

Interfacing with Microsoft SQL Server from OSX

Just last year I got my first Macbook Pro for development, after a lifetime of Windows (and linux/unix on server environments). I was very excited to get my environment set up as many friends who work in a similar field had sworn by it. I knew that almost every element of my workspace would be easily transferrable to OSX, and in some cases more elegantly. Technologies such as Apache, PHP, ssh/shell, etc are almost more native to the *nix core than they are to windows.

There was however a single piece of the puzzle that I knew I still had to deal with. Microsoft SQL Server. Read more »

Pando Media Booster – dodgy, clever or both?

So a few months ago it was a quiet WoW maintenance Tuesday night (rant on that coming soon) and at the time I had almost completed the entire Star Trek TNG series. I decided I’d download and try out the “Star Trek Online” MMO. I wasn’t expecting anything super special but I like Star Trek, I like MMOs, some YouTube videos looked ok so I figured I’d give it a go. Somewhere through the installation process it prompted something about installing “Pando Media Booster” to help with the download. Read more »