It was back in March that the PS5 UI was first mentioned. Mark Cerny, discussing the technical aspects of the PS5, confirmed that we would eventually see a reveal of the console’s UI. Months and months have passed since that fateful video back in March with plenty of other news being announced and now, we finally have our first look at that UI.
Much of what is shown off in PlayStation’s PS5 UI video had already been revealed in the past via patents, but now we’ve got official confirmation. We got our first look at Activities, UI elements which allow us to jump straight into missions or sections of games directly from the UI. What was shown was Sackboy: A Big Adventure where levels were able to be opened directly from the UI. We got our first look at Game Help, a new PlayStation Plus perk that gives hints and videos showing how to complete objectives in supported games.
There was also a new Time to Complete feature, similar to what you see on your Kindle. Your PS5 works learns how long you take to play games and will tell you how long it expects you to complete certain aspects of a game. We also saw new screen sharing functionality, allowing you to share your screen to members of your PS5 party, and picture-in-picture so you can watch those streams while playing a game.
Visually, the PS5 UI looks like an evolution of the PS4 UI, as opposed to a complete revolution, but as long as it’s fast and responsive that’s fine with us. If you were lucky enough to get a launch day preorder you’ll be able to check this out when the PS5 launches on November 12th.