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You asked and Sony responded... eventually. With just over a month to go until the PlayStation 5 launches, we finally have our first look at the next-gen's console user interface.
As you can see from the in-depth 11-minute video below, the PS5 UI is a sleek and refined beast. There are echoes of the PlayStation 4 home screen, meaning most of us should immediately feel at home on the new console, but Sony has added all manner of bells and whistles that make this next-gen UI that much more efficient.
"We believe your play time is valuable and should be meaningful, and all the new features we're delivering are inspired by that concept and vision," Sony explained in a post on the PlayStation Blog highlighting the UI's new features. Everything new that has been introduced as part of this UI is in aid of making gaming experiences "more fun, engaging, personalized and social".
One of the more impressive features Sony has added is a new "Control Center" which provides instant access the a myriad of menus and option by pressing the PlayStation button on the DualSense controller. In the interests of keeping your gaming experience flowing, these menus can be accessed without leaving your game. If you need to tweak a setting or check on trophy progress, you can do all of that without having to go back into the home menu, thanks to Control Center.
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Another newcomer is the Activities feature, which we'd previously heard a little bit about. Sony describes Activities as on-screen cards which can be viewed via the Control Center. They'll enable players to "discover new gameplay opportunities, go back to things you missed, jump directly into levels or challenges you want to play, and much more." Again, you can view and access most of these without having to leave your game.
"Navigating the interface, switching between games, and hopping into online matches occurs quickly, as we rebuilt the entire software stack from the console to the network to bring you a truly next-generation experience," Sony continued. "We believe the less time you spend waiting to interact with the system, the more time you will have to spend playing games."
The PlayStation 5 launches in the UK on November 19th, though Sony acknowledges that there may be some minor tweaks to the UI we're seeing today between now and release.
Featured Image Credit: Sony
Topics: PlayStation 5
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