The kit feels high quality and attention has been paid to design and usability. The console is quiet, runs very cool and the light across the top is a helpful guide to function. Blue as it turns on, white in normal operating mode and orange when in standby. Believe what people say about the controller. I've always preferred the 360 controller with it's greater heft and comfort in the hand, but the dual shock 4 is the best I've ever used. A beautiful blend of the ergonomics and curves of the 360 controller, although staying faithful to its Sony design roots, with a subtly textured underneath to aid grip. The distances of the sticks and buttons are perfect, the convex cups on the stick feel just right and the triggers reach the index finger and middle fingers exactly. it's almost like it was fitted for your hands as a bespoke creation.
Being able to plug your headphones into the controller is a real plus and makes for a great sofa gaming experience, especially as any standard headphone plug will fit it. One last thing on the controller. The speaker. This is a great addition to games, especially in Shadowfall as all audio-log that you pickup, plays through the controller speaker and it genuinely feels like you're holding a playback device in your hands. The first time it happened was a complete shock to me.
I have a Vita and was itching to test out remote play on it. On the whole, the experience is very good. I have a new router and tested my Vita in the same room as the Router and PS4. Now and then, some lag occurs, but rarely enough to make it annoying, and this could be put down to other wireless devices in the house affecting the signal. I've played Shadowfall, BF4, Resogun and War Thunder using my Vita and the experience is amazing. The only criticism I have is the button mapping of the L2/R2 and L3/R3 buttons to the rear touch panel, which make some games tricky to play. It is less suited to the AAA FPS games, where timing and precision are important, and more with the simple indie games with less inputs. Resogun (which is great, by the way) is the best gaming experience on remote play at the moment. To be honest, I'll probably use the feature more for managing my PS4 content rather than gameplay at home, and save the AAA games until I travel abroad.
My biggest gripe is the media sharing aspects of the PS4. This may be of less concern to the general gamer, but in my role here at Backwards Compatible, it's been quite frustrating getting my content off the console. With no ability to transfer files to an external drive or memory stick, you have to rely on connected services to grab your content. My Elgato Capture device won't work at present (although Sony have hinted this may change later), so I've had to rely on sharing pictures and videos to my Facebook page and then using a ripping service to get the content off Facebook as a raw file (a process I detail in this article). Twitch also doesn't support archiving of footage from a PS4 yet, although there are also workarounds. The whole process is tiresome and fiddly and is limited in scope, which doesn't seem really 'for the players', so I look forward to this functionality being improved.