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As a kid, I loved video games. As an adult? No so much. I guess growing up made me see them as a waste of time. That is, until I bought a Sony Playstation 4. My last console was the 7 year old Nintendo Wii that I barely played. I don’t know what possessed me to hunker down and get one of today’s most coveted consoles, but I’m glad I did after spending some time with it.

One thing I liked right out of the box is its rendering of apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus. I seem to prefer using them on Playstation versus Apple TV, my usual go-to. The games I’ve played so far – Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us Remastered – have been really thrilling and fun now that I’m finally getting the hang of them.

My guy friends who’ve long been in the loop have even been encouraging me to take my gaming a step further and get a headset to use for communication during online play. I’m not sure I’m ready for all of that but appreciate having a console for those bouts when there’s nothing on TV. I like the apps it has too but am no hardcore gamer. I can play a single game – in installments – over the course of a year, when I have time to get to it.

My only gripe about the Playstation 4 would be one that seems to be shared with the gaming community as a whole – it’s lack of online available games. Being out for over a year and having only 50-ish titles instantly available – when Wikipedia claims there are 399 – in the Playstation Store was kind of a disappointment. I’m also impatiently waiting for the upcoming 2015 releases Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Until Dawn.

The Playstation 4 is definitely a fun go-to tailored more towards the hardcore gamer, but non-gamers (like I once was) can find a lot of enjoyment and appreciation from the device that is not only a gaming console, but blu-ray player and online media streamer. It definitely got me hooked and I really didn’t ever think it would.