First look: PlayStation 5’s next-generation user experience

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First look: PlayStation 5’s next-generation user experience

PS5 UX features revealed: Control Center, Activities, Game Help, and more.

With less than a month until launch, we’re thrilled to share our very first look at the PlayStation 5 console’s user experience (UX). The new UX is completely centered on the player – to provide you a truly next-generation experience with deeper immersion that quickly connects you to great games and a passionate gaming community.

First look: PlayStation 5’s next-generation user experience

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. 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.

PS5 UX

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.

PS5 UX

We wanted to give you an early peek at a part of the PS5 UX 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 PS5 launches in November.

We can’t wait for you to check out PS5’s next-generation UX for yourself next month! Let us know which feature you’re most excited about in the comments.

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  • Let’s see the settings for Audio, or at least give us some more specific specs on what it supports.

    • Does it support Freesync for example.

    • In all probability, consoles will not benefit from from Freesync all that much. Freesync mostly helps when the frame rate is unlocked in between 30-60 fps. The games will like be locked to either 30/60 FPS. It’ll be really rare that we get an unlocked frame rate mode.

    • @Droxer
      Sorry mate. That is incorrect. The way a Freesync/Gsync monitor/TV works is matching the refresh rate of the monitor to the fps output of the console/PC.
      Meaning when an intense scene in a game drops to 24fps for example, the screen refresh also drops to 24fps.

      This eliminates the immersion breaking judder and latency as well as tearing.
      All of which are some of the worst things about fluctuating framerates.

      Also PS5 DOES support Freesync/Gsync as per the official PS5 spec sheet on the PS blog.

    • Набор текста голосом это хорошо, ещё бы автопереводчик на английский встроили была бы бомба, ps 5 просто стёрла бы все языковые барьеры. Сам иногда встречаюсь с игроками в онлайне, и приходится переводить в телефоне, потом писать. Т. К . С английспим у меня плохо

    • Incredible UI.

      Destroys XBOX. 12teraflops and a 1080p UI on SX?

      Playstation fittin to dismantle Xbox again. Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls look unreal.

  • This is fantastic, can’t wait!

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  • Cool. Looks nice.

  • Will we be able to use themes on the PS5?

  • It looks better than the PS4 UI, and i like it! The game help feature is one of the features I’m mostly looking forward to use.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more but like the guy in the video says that some ps5 games will support the feature meaning not every game will and my thinking is that the developers also have to give that option in order to have it available. However it’s part of the ps5 and the game happens to support it then that’s awesome. Just have to wait and see but I agree I’d love to use in every game I play.

    • Kind of a Stadia rip-off

  • good morning

  • Looking awesome! Cant wait to jump in and find all the cool new features!

  • Looks GOOD!

  • I like it.

  • So you cannot swap between the Sackboy and Destruction All-Stars games and have to close one to open the other?

    • I did not see him close Sackboy before opening All Stars, neither did he save in Sackboy. This can only lead to the assumption there is no need to reload the games.
      Plus, with the speed of the SSD speed I imagine Sony want a separate video to show this off, generates hype.

    • If you pay attention there was an option called “Switcher” in the control center. I think we will be able to switch between games and other apps.

    • Trying to run two games at the same time is just not good for the processor.

      Given the time it takes to actually load into another game, there is no need anyway.

    • @BigHerdist , what timestamp did you say you saw this? i cannot see it

    • @IsButAScratch, It’s right at 2:00.

    • @MaxDieHard
      I doubt it would do much to the processor. Moden PC CPUs can handle several games at a time if you wanted to. In the PS5s case it likely just caches the second game on the SSD. The Series X has the feature too.

    • I think the SSD is so fast that you don’t need the feature that the XBOX has. Based on the video it appears as though you can continue any game where you left off.

    • @MaxDiehard

      It isn’t running two games at the same time.
      Switching games is more about RAM and the SSD than the processor.
      Why so much worry?

    • Why would you want -or need- to run multiple games simultaneously? So redundant, like having a second screen on your wiiU controller, or my mom leaving 50 browsers open on her devices -_-

    • And of course this quick swapping is only of value to digital gamers (not unlike PS+). The rest of us have to switch out our discs anyway. Feels like they’re really pushing digital in these subtle ways.. Still, better than being forced into it.

    • I don’t think so. Notice there was no notification saying Sackboy will have to be closed. It just instantly switched to Destruction All Stars.

    • @ Stonesthrow – Feels like?…they’ve been pushing digital since the start of the PS4 gen.

    • TJ_Solo

      I never said I did. All I said was that it would be unnecessary due to the loading speed of switching between games in the first place, it has no need to suspend one.

    • You definitely can run multiple games, they switched from Sackboy to Des All-Stars. Nothing closed. Just did it so fast. The UI is far beyond anything shown by any competitors.

  • Looks similar to PS4. Not every pixel was touched. Nice though

  • Looking forward to the trophy tracking

  • Please revert the party changes, especially if this same system is on PS5 as well. The old party was much better.

  • Looking clean! Built-in PS Store is slick.

  • Looks awesome love it special that you can join a party with in the game.

  • The UI looks good but I won’t really know until I try it.

  • This looks pretty good and I’m excited to play around with it! But, please, is there anywhere that shows playtime for individual games?

  • We had great user experience after 8.0 update.

  • This looks amazing.

    Can we get a deep dive into accessibility settings down the line as well? I’ve always wanted a magnifier window I could place at the bottom of the screen for reading story text in FFXIV.

    • You can turn on that feature on PS4 by enabling the zoom in Accessibility Settings. It’s triggered by PS + Square

    • As MaxDiehard said, that’s what I used when reading the story text on FFXIV.

    • You can change the story text in FFXIVs setting to be bigger. It was too small to read for me too so i just enlarged it in game, a bit annoying to do at first but now i can read it all super clearly

  • Now, Here is the million dollar question.

    Did you change that awful UI for the PSSTORE

  • Please have a tracker for time spent on each game.

  • Can’t wait to get this myself. Looking forward to November.

  • Looks good, I like the pinning whilst playing feature, hope that you will be able to pin youtube videos/twitch streams as you play, would save me having to use the phone and just be convenient.

  • This looks really slick, can’t wait to see more. Can users make there own walkthrough if they find something cool or a video of where something is like the PS tips? That will show in that area.

  • Freesync and 1440p support?

    UX looks great so far, some cool features like the activity cards and picture in picture share screen.

  • Yoshaa Sonii Nintendou Famikon all over gein -.-

  • ugh more cards. Liking some of the new features. I hate cards though.

  • I don’t see why everyone seems to like this so much… Tiles look (way) too big for my taste when playing a game, and too much focus on social for my tastes too. Biggest question for me would be if we can organize games with folders from the start now…

    • Thank you. This man is talking sense.

    • Agreed. The social stuff doesn’t interest me much at all, but folders are a huge feature that I missed early in the PS4 and I would hate to do without again.

      I want to organize my games the way that makes sense TO ME, not necessarily what makes sense to Sony. Please tell me that’s in here, guys!!

    • And please folders inside other folders

    • I really like it. dont like the social stuff dont use it. Social is a huge part of gaming now.

    • @earth Of course we’re not going to use it if we don’t like it. The thing is that it’s there, despite us not using it… It’s useless clutter for some.

    • @Stonesthrow – Well said…there’s so much of that bs on PS4 and not being able to get rid of them is annoying.

  • Thank you for the future destruction of the web Store, Sony.

  • Those new features are great, but what happen to our existing ps4 themes ?

  • Seamless PS Store looks great but there IS too much emphasis on stuff other than the games!

    I don’t care about activity cards, what’s new or explore etc… I just want to access and file my games in the order I want!!
    Sony spent way too much time adding this picture in picture stuff when they should have been focusing on backwards compatibility.

  • I like what I see so far. The UI looks nice and clean. Let us know if you can put themes on it! Also keep the PS5 info coming!

  • Store integration is a game changer! Bravo Sony!

  • Looks fabulous, can’t wait to start using themes on this. Will we finally get a dedicated MUSIC player with some cool graphic equalizers?

  • Amazing ! Thank you

  • It looks beautiful and responsive. Picture in picture features are amazing, trophy hunting will be amazing.

  • Love to see:
    -Time estimation for activities (like how much will take to complete a certain level)
    -To show my progress on activities and trophies with a %
    -Game guides integrated in the console for when I got stuck in a particular place
    -In-game window with a guide video or a friend’s shared screen
    -You can capture 4K screenshots and videos and easily edit them
    -Voice dictation for text messages
    -News from games and publishers I follow instead of random spam from games I don’t like
    -PS Store integrated in the OS and offering a more personalized experience

  • Nice features unfortunately I was notable to get a ps5 i had it in my cart but at two different retailers it vanished before I checked out. Was interested in all stars not sure what will happen and if I will be able to get one in the coming months or wait it out until another date.

  • So really? This is why we can’t chat in private parties because of this interface. I will say it looks nice but I won’t be buying until private voice parties are fixed on my PS4 and shown working seamlessly on PS5. My xbox arrives Nov 10.

  • I’d love to see more about Sharefactory.

    On this subject though, I really love this UI system.

  • Please Nintendo, we need Knack 3 on PS5! <3

  • I 😍 it! I🤞 they don’t change much.

  • At launch will there be enough for people to purchase? Because I’ve been calling stores and they keep telling me to pre-order online and there is no way to do so.

  • Also, that’s great the Store is integrated on the hard drive but somebody whos using 8TB of extended storage on a PS4 like I am and has purchased 100’s of games that just means even less space on the already next to nothing 1TB offered.

  • Looks great! Can I voice chat with a friend and share screens like that if they don’t have PS Plus?

    • The only thing they said that you had to have Plus for was the in game Help feature. Everything else should be like it is now. You can usually find plus for pretty cheap on websites like cdkeys and hot deals. I have 3 years left because I buy it when it’s $30

    • @PhantomMenace84 Same. For the past 4-5 years I’ve only bought 12 years of sub when it was on deal for £22 on the US PSN. My friend will be doing the same.

  • Thank you for finally showing the UI and UX!! This looks great and can’t wait to experience it for myself the first time!

  • Go to show people are liars that PS5 can run on 1080p hd tv . That it can’t run on 1080p hd tv

    • what? if you have a tv with hdmi able port you can play playstation 5, just beause they are saying the experience is best on a 4k tv doesnt mean it doesnt support 1080p tvs…

    • What are you talking about? It was absolutly 100% work on a 1080 TV, 720 as well. As long as it has HDMi it will work. At no point did anyone say it wont work in 1080p

  • This is nice can’t wait :3

  • Looks awesome!!! Can’t wait till I get a PS5 someday =)

    • Someday :) Good thing Cyberpunk 2077 is releasing around the same time, and I prefer playing on the systems they were designed for to begin with anyway.

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