Sony has finally lifted the lid on what the PS5 home screen and user interface looks like, as well as some nifty new community features.
As promised by, err… a Burger King ad, Sony has revealed what the UI looks like for the PlayStation 5 and it offers a number of brand-new features not available on the PlayStation 4.
Although the user interface looks completely different at first, the home screen revealed towards the end of the new State of Play video shows a familiar looking horizontal menu bar and game hub system, but built on top of this are a number of brand new concepts – most prominently Activities.
These have been hinted at before and seem to be an evolution of achievements, in that they cover specific sections or objectives in games and give an indication of how long till you’ll beat them (so you can plan your time) and hints as to how to complete them.
There’s a lot of clever picture-in-picture options that includes video clips (the example used is finding an extra costume in Sackboy: A Big Adventure) that appears to be an attempt by Sony to circumvent YouTube.
One of the main reasons for this is to avoid spoilers, with even screenshots offering warnings if the game knows they involve an activity that you haven’t completed yet.
Many of the features take advantage of the near instant loading of the PlayStation 5, including starting a new multiplayer game – although hopefully that won’t involve any of the problems caused by today’s new PlayStation 4 update, which already contains PlayStation 5-only features.
You can also watch someone else play a completely different game to the one you’re in and there’s a neat dictation option using the DualSense’s microphone that means you no longer have to type messages.
Overall, Sony seems to have struck a good balance between adding new features and keeping the interface accessible and relatively familiar.
It will be interesting to see how the interface compares to the one for the Xbox Series X/S, which is believed to be the same as the update being released this week for existing Xbox formats.
With the UI finally revealed this State Of Play may end up being the last one before the PlayStation 5’s launch on November 19 (November 12 outside Europe). Unless Burger King or someone else starts hinting at another one…
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