Super slick design!
Completely out of nowhere, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 5 User Interface via a surprise State of Play, the video is around 11-minutes long and shows the design as well as many of the features in store.
Here is a little description from Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management:
The new user experience (UX) is completely centred on the player—to provide you with a truly next-generation experience with deeper immersion that quickly connects you to great games and a passionate gaming community.
We believe your playtime is valuable and should be meaningful, and all the new features we’re delivering are inspired by that concept and vision. The new user experience 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.
We’ve also added a new feature called Activities, designed to bring you closer to the key elements of gameplay. 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. 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.
We wanted to give you an early peek at a part of the PlayStation 5 user experience journey in our video walkthrough, so we hope you enjoy the tour. Also, keep in mind this is in a pre-production environment, so there may be some minor changes, but it’ll give you a taste of what to look forward to when PlayStation 5 launches in November.
PlayStation 5 launches on November 12th in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea, whilst the rest of the world including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia, and South Africa has to wait until November 19th. Not bitter. Honest.