There is one month left before we get to experience next-generation consoles. Today, we get our first official look at the PlayStation 5’s UX, a completely rebuilt experience for PlayStation 5 users. According to Hideaki Nishino, it is completely centred on the player, to “to provide you a truly next-generation experience with deeper immersion that quickly connects you to great games and a passionate gaming community.”
In the almost 12-minute video, we see the new start up screen and the new sounds to get us into the environment. Our playtime is valuable and Son understands that, so they’ve introduced several new features to make your gaming time “fun, engaging, personalized, and social.”
A new feature that was shown to the public is Activites, which is something the team designed to bring you much closer to the games you play. Sony says that these are cards displayed on-screen in the console’s Control Center, and these allow you to “discover new gameplay opportunities, go back to things you missed, jump directly into levels or challenges you want to play, and much more.” You can even enable picture-in-picture so you never leave your game while completing tasks.
One feature that caught my eye was PlayStation’s Game Help feature. Some PlayStation 5 titles will utilize this feature and an active subscription to PlayStation Plus is necessary. Basically, if you’re a completionist and find yourself stuck, you can use this feature to find a particular objective.
In the example today, Sid Shuman pulled up the menu to find the Monk Robes in Sackboy’s Big Adventure. When pulled up on the screen, the game offers hints and pictures of where the item is and you can use this to prevent having to go to the web and encounter spoilers and articles that may give up more information than necessary. It’s really neat and I can see this doing extremely well if developers support it.
Another feature that stands out is the spoiler warnings you can utilize when sharing screenshots. “If my friend hasn’t yet played the activity where I captured this media, and the game’s developer thinks it might contain spoilers, they’ll receive a warning before they view it.”
There is quite a bit of information in the video included above, I highly suggest checking it out and I can’t wait to explore the new UI next month.
PlayStation 5 launches on November 12, 2020.