Information on the PS4 UI that was divulged at the US PlayStation 4 review event that happened this weekend was meant to be embargoed for Wednesday – but that embargo was broken. Press were given free reign to deliver as much or as little information as they liked.
IGN’s done a pretty comprehensive report on the PS4’s UI. Here’s the interesting stuff:
You can sign in on your PS4 using the PS eye, similar to the way that you would on the Xbox One with Kinect. When you originally set up the console, you can calibrate it with three angled shots of your face, while you hold the DualShock 4. Hold up the controller when you switch the console on after that, and it’ll recognise you and sign in.
Also like the Xbox One, the PS4 allows you to multitask, running multiple apps and services at the same time, which you can switch using the Home button. A double-tap on the home button allow quick switching between the last two used apps. Unfortunately, you can’t snap two apps side-by-side as you can on Microsoft’s console.
The new chat and messaging is cross-platform between PS4 and Vita – but will also work across smartphones and tablets that have the PlayStation app installed. You can party chat with up to 8 people. You can add 200 people to your PSN friends list, and choose whether or not to share your real name with them, distinguishing between internet friends and real friends.
There’s been a bit of an overhaul to the trophy system, in that they’re now graded by rarity as well as colour; so a rare gold trophy would be worth more digital penis swinging than a common platinum. Trophies can also be used to earn digital in-game items.
We’ve already told you that you’ll be able to start playing your PS4 games pretty soon after starting the download or install, but some games allow you to choose which component of the game you’d like to start with. Call of Duty: Ghosts, for example, allows you start with the multiplayer so you can jump in t that sooner, if you choose.
As for video and content sharing, it all sounds pretty positive. The PS4 automatically records the last 15 minutes of gameplay that can be edited on the console and shared tu Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, these videos can’t be exported for editing, but you can stream to UStream and Twitch without limitation.
The best bit of news though, is that the YUI is reportedly really quick, fluid and intuitive; everything the PS3’s XMB wasn’t.
Last Updated: November 12, 2013