The new lineup of console hardware is less than a month away, and details are starting to solidify. Today, we got a look at just what PlayStation 5 owners will see when they boot up their new console for the first time.
Revealed today in a new video, the PlayStation 5's user interface and boot sequence has been shown off. Rounded corners are making a return, but the tile layout doesn't seem like a far departure from the cascading horizontal layout Sony has been using for the last couple consoles.
The "control center" is a quick access menu system with most of the usual PS4 menu options, including a friends list. There are also cards which include recent updates, or media that the user has captured.
Activities are also available, which track the things you've done in a game and a rough estimate of how long it will take to accomplish. PlayStation Plus members can also access "game help" for certain objectives in games that support it, which are basically on-screen picture-in-picture guides. Not every game will have this, but for some, it'll be a quick-access option for help when you're stuck.
The picture-in-picture option extends to screen share as well. Parties with voice chat return, and you can also share gameplay within the group and pin someone else's stream to your screen while you play your own game. Capturing and sharing media from games, like screenshots, also makes a return, and messaging supports voice-to-text dictation through the DualSense's microphone. One neat tidbit about screenshots: it sounds like developers can "spoiler tag" sections of the game, and if you share screenshots from that section, they'll come with a warning.
Xbox has already started the process of rolling out its Series X and Series S UI updates, bringing some quality of life features to Xbox One in the process. Both console makers look to be making use of various benefits of their internal move to faster SSDs as well.
We'll see more of the PlayStation 5 when it both its digital-focused model and the disc-capable version launch on Nov. 12, 2020.