With around a month to go before the official launch of the PlayStation 5, there are still quite a number of things that remain unanswered. Following a series of information dumps like the recent teardown and even details about backwards compatibility, we now finally have our first look at the PlayStation 5 UI.
A post on the PlayStation Blog details all the updates and even has a full 11 minute video, walking us through the new UI, which was built from the ground up. Do note that this was taken from a pre-production environment, so there may be a few “wrinkles” as they may call it.
The biggest overhaul is the new control center, which provides easy access to the most important parts of the console. Cards make up most of what you will see depending on what game you are playing. In the video, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is being played and some of the cards you will see will be how far along the level you have progressed, how much you are missing, your most recent screenshot, and much more.
PlayStation Plus members will also get a feature called Game Help, which shows certain tips on how to meet certain objectives.
Cards feature Activities, which will 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.” Some of these activities can even be viewed without leaving your current game.
You can also view some of these using the Picture-in-Picture mode, which you can position to different parts of your screen.
Also shown is an example of how you’ll be using the Create button, which let’s you take screenshots in real time without removing your focus from the game. You can also choose to edit it (not fully shown) and share it with supported platforms. Sharing it to a party with your friends who may not have reached that level in the game yet could even see a spoiler warning.
Another thing you’ll notice also is how smooth and fast it loads, even hopping in and out of gameplay, which should be a fairly big leap in user experience thanks to the new hardware.
Below is also a look at the new Home Screen and PlayStation Store.
What do you think about the new UI? Better than the PlayStation 4? Sound off in the comments below!