Less than a month before the launch, Sony finally released its first look at the PlayStation 5 user interface (UI) and how the next generation console will revolutionize the user experience.
In the 12-minute video released on Thursday, Sony showed what the PS5 will look like from sleep mode and where you can choose which user you want to play as. This is standard on PlayStation consoles, although the PS5 has changed the look, but once you’ve played the PS4, you’ll know how the console starts.
There is a lot of what was shown in the demo and we will go into this after you have watched the video below.
Most of the demo focused on the new Control Center. This provides instant access to everything you need on the system by simply pressing the PS button on your DualSense controller without leaving the game you are playing.
Cards that detail some of the activities of the game you are playing, so it makes sense that these cards are called “activities”. These cards give you details about your current game, whether it is more information about a level you are currently on or a level you have previously passed.
These “Activities” allow players to jump back to different points in the game. For example, a card could tell you that a level you have previously completed is only 30 percent complete. You can call up the card for that level and immediately jump back to that level 100 percent. Players can also staple the card to the screen during the game.
Other information such as the time taken to complete a part of the game, or even hints on completing certain tasks (exclusive to PS+ subscribers) can be displayed on these cards. You can also staple and move the card on the screen during the game.
While you play a game, a friend can invite you to voice chat. A notification appears in the upper right corner and you can accept the use of the DualSense controller. A microphone is built into the PS5 controller so you can start talking right away.
If you are part of a party and a member chooses to share your screen, you can join them and watch what they are playing. You can even customize it to be picture-in-picture so that you can play and watch your friend play at the same time.
Screenshots and recorded game play can also be accessed by pressing the PS button. Players can share these screenshots through supported social media applications like Twitter. You can also share a clip or screenshot with a friend or party. However, if a developer believes that a particular screenshot or footage will spoil a game, a warning is sent before the game is opened.
If a friend or girlfriend is playing a game online, you can use the “Activities” cards to enter the same game, if you own it of course.
The user interface of the PS5 is much cleaner. There are two areas, one for games and one for media, which separate the two. Since only games were shown in the demo, this tab allows players to enter the PS store, open a game and much more.
Each icon on the home screen will have its own hub, so players can scroll down to get the latest news and updates on specific games.
The Explore tab will keep players up to date with the latest news about PlayStation and its titles, including those they do not own. This is being tested in the US on the first day of launch, so not everyone in the world will have this feature, but that’s the direction Sony is taking with “Explore”.
The PS5 is scheduled for release on November 12th.
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