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PlayStation 5 UI officially revealed

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It’s what the console looks like that matters, but what’s inside that really counts. We’ve already seen a detailed breakdown of the PS5 internals, but today Sony focused on showing off the official user interface that’ll be used to start games, chat with friends and do so much more. Here it is, in action.

“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,” Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management, wrote in a Sony blog post.

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The new UX introduces several new features designed to make your gaming experiences more fun, engaging, personalized and social. One of the highlights is a new Control Center, which provides immediate access to almost everything you need from the system at a single press of the PlayStation button on the DualSense wireless controller – all without leaving the game.

The PS5 UI also has a new feature called Activities. “Activities are displayed via on-screen cards in the Control Center, which enables 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,” Nishino explained.

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Some Activity cards can be put in picture-in-picture mode, so you can view them without having to leave the 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. We believe the less time you spend waiting to interact with the system, the more time you will have to spend playing games.

Looking good! Sony’s interfaces over the years have always been sleek and stylish, and its stab at 2020 aesthetics looks sharper than ever before. Not too long to go now, until the PS5 launches on November 12 in select regions and then rolls out to the rest of the world later.

Last Updated: October 15, 2020

12 Comments

  1. Not too long before it rolls out, but too long before stock arrives ?

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    • MechMachine

      October 15, 2020 at 16:25

      I have a feeling they have a secret stash that the world doesn’t know about,

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    • Banana Jim

      October 15, 2020 at 16:25

      March 2022 is going to be a glorious month in South Africa 😛

      Reply

  2. Banana Jim

    October 15, 2020 at 15:40

    Stop it Sony, I’m an old man, I can’t get this hard any more. It’s bad for my heart…

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  3. Banana Jim

    October 15, 2020 at 15:48

    Meanwhile in Redmond,

    “uhm… we love the box aesthetic… mmm boxes… boxes…..uuuuuhhhhh… boxes….”

    https://media3.giphy.com/media/M6OWitXGfL4XK/giphy.gif

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    • MechMachine

      October 15, 2020 at 16:35

      Cats are weird little creatures.

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      • Banana Jim

        October 15, 2020 at 17:40

        Yeah, the whole box thing is very strange, and they’ll try to squeeze themselves into the tiniest of box. A pal of mine who’s a vet insists that it’s some form of coping mechanism, a way for them to destress, but then when you look at your cat as they sit in your tupperware, you wonder whether the one being scrutinised is actually you…

        “Silly naked monkey man, you have no box… ? Watch me as I sit in this lovely container… aaaaahhhh!”

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  4. BradeLunner

    October 15, 2020 at 16:35

    Any idea if we’ll know when our steering wheels will be compatible with this console? I told myself I’d wait but I’m getting the hype fomo, and after this year I feel like I deserve it

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    • Allykhat

      October 16, 2020 at 07:48

      The G29 series of wheels should be supported, and all the Thrustmasters

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    • OddSockZA

      October 16, 2020 at 10:05

      they are. officially licenced legacy peripherals like fight stick, steering wheels etc are all compatible. confirmed aaaaaaages ago.

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  5. Insomnia is fun

    October 15, 2020 at 17:22

    • Banana Jim

      October 15, 2020 at 17:40

      Did you also feel a little stirring… ? I had tears in my eyes when I saw the UI, and I think both videos, the UI one and the previous dismantling one are going into my special folder.

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