Sony Shows Off the PlayStation 5 UI for the First Time

Posted on October 15, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in PlayStation with 15 Comments

Sony today posted the first videos and screenshots of the PlayStation 5 user interface, which is similar to that on Xbox Series X|S, with large thumbnails and lots of white space.

“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),” Sony’s Hideaki Nishino wrote in the announcement post. “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.”

The ideas are certainly the same, too: The PS5 UX is designed to get out of the way and let you get to gaming as quick as possible. “We believe the less time you spend waiting to interact with the system, the more time you will have to spend playing games,” Nishino explains.

And like Xbox, the PS5 offers a Guide-like experience, this time called 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.”

There’s also a new feature called Activities, displayed as on-screen cards in the Control Center, which enable gamers to “go back to things you missed, jump directly into levels or challenges you want to play, and much more.” Some Activity cards can be viewed without having to leave the game, Sony says.

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16 responses to “Sony Shows Off the PlayStation 5 UI for the First Time”

  1. hellcatm

    Looks to me like PS4 UI with rounded corners. Sony's weakness has always been UI IMO.

  2. scovious

    I watched their reveal video and I had a hard time keeping track of all the different fonts and font sizes. Maybe people get used to that but seems really hard to read at a glance. I heard it's at least customizable so that is a very welcome change.

  3. thretosix

    I just find it frustrating they keep trying to make it better and I find I just have to learn things all over. I just wish they would pick one and leave it alone. This goes for both Sony and Microsoft. All I need is a way to get to my games, it's not that hard, I'm not really asking for much as a consumer, I could care less how pretty it is, I'm not in the UI for more than a few seconds.

  4. will

    Personally, I would like to see Xbox just have some UI simple options that do not involve game wallpapers/graphics. I know I can load my own wallpaper, but it would be nice to have some system options for a clean and simple theme for those of us that want a more subdued look.

    • PhilipVasta

      In reply to will:

      I agree, it's odd that they don't have something like this when you think about it. On another note, and this might be a case of grass is greener on the other side of the fence, the PS5 UI looks more polished than the Xbox UI. This is coming from someone who hasn't ever owned a PlayStation though,

  5. winner

    Should Microsoft be issuing guidance rules for the Sony App store?

  6. codymesh

    why are so many of these 10-foot UIs so bad? I miss the days of Media Center.

  7. rosyna

    In reply to sammyg:

    It’s ironical, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has an *extremely* deep-seated NIH syndrome. They won’t accept outside (or internal) UX recommendations. But the UX is still better than the Xbox’s various ones (I’m not a fan of the Vita UX, so let’s pretend it never existed).

  8. brettscoast

    Let the game wars begin. Just wondering will you be reviewing the PS5 console as a comparison with xBox series SX?

  9. skolvikings

    One of the reasons I prefered the PS4 over the Xbox One X is the PS4 interface is much more simple and straightforward, whereas the Xbox interface seems (to me) like a hot mess. I have to admit, the PS5 interface looks a lot more cluttered compared to the PS4.

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