Sony has officially unveiled the PS5’s user interface a few weeks before the console is due to arrive. You can check it out in the video below to see how it differs from the PS4’s user interface and what to expect when you launch your system for the first time. You will probably be able to spend a lot more time playing and less time on the menus, and that’s not just because of the NVMe SSD in the console.
Sony says it built the PS5’s UI specifically to take advantage of 4K displays, and once you launch it, you’ll see a flashing PlayStation logo and have to press the PS button on the DualSense controller to get to the main menu. In this respect, it is very similar to the PS4̵
PS5 control center
In the demonstration, Sony loads right from sleep mode into Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and the console’s control center is located above the bottom of the screen. You pull it up by pressing the PS button once. All your icons are then available.
It looks like a taskbar you want to see on a computer, and it gives you access to things like volume levels, power, the controller battery level, your microphone and messages without having to leave the game. You can also check the status of a download this way, so you can continue playing something else instead of pausing to get to the main menu, as you do on PS5.
PS5 In-Game Help
Via the “activities” maps displayed for specific games, you will also be able to jump directly into levels or challenges instead of loading the game from scratch. If you have a PS Plus membership, you can also see official help in the game in your activities. You can even attach video review to your screen so you can continue watching while playing the challenge. Not all games support these, but we expect at least Sony’s exclusive offer to use the feature.
Sharing features have also been enhanced. Players at your party can share their screen so you can watch a private Let’s Play, and you can even do so in picture-in-picture mode while playing your own game. The new Create button gives you a preview of your screenshot in a menu at the bottom of the screen, and you can also easily switch between taking video and photos. Recently captured media is displayed on a map on the home screen, and you can then send them to social networks like Twitter or directly to a party. Using the microphone, you can even use speech to text to write a message next to the image. There is also a voice recording function. However, this is only used for reporting harassment and can save the last five minutes of your conversation that the Sony team can review. Otherwise, Sony will not listen to anything you say over voice chat.
PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition will both launch on November 12th. They are extremely difficult to find, but you can test your luck with our PS5 pre-order guide. Almost every PS4 game is also supported with only a handful of exceptions. Even the original list of unsupported games is shrinking as some developers promise to release updates.