Sony have finally taken the wraps off the PlayStation UI and user experience, presenting an 11 minute video that dives into the various new features, the new visual design and other facets of the next-gen console’s system software.
An overhauled Control Center is designed so that you can access pretty much every single function of the console by simply pressing the PlayStation button on the DualSense controller, overlaying the menu on top of whatever game you’re currently playing.
This seems to be where you’ll actually start your gaming experience when turning on the PlayStation 5, with the game you were previously playing resuming in the background and with the control centre at the bottom of the screen.
This will also present to you the new feature called Activities. These are part of the on-screen cards in the Control Centre that present you new stories related to your games, let you get at a recent screenshot and so on. The Activities cards will tap into the game your playing to highlight things that you might have missed, trophy progression, and let you instantly jump into levels or challenges. Some of these Activity cards can be put into a picture-in-picture mode or side-by-side view, so you can keep tabs on how you’re getting on, or provide hints and tips on how to find a particular secret without having to search yourself on YouTube.
The video also confirms the changed model for parties on PlayStation, as persistent spaces where users can connect. This was implemented on PlayStation 4 in system software update 8.00 yesterday, which also gives new user reporting functionality. This seems to be a shift in philosophy closer to the persistence of Discord.
Parties can be used similar to other cards, so if one person decides to share their screen, their gameplay can be overlaid or snapped to the side of your game.
The new Create button pops up a new capture overlay when trying to snap a screenshot, letting you see the game run in the background as you take multiple snaps that you can review later. Screenshots and video can now be captured at up to 4K.
All games have their own hubs on the main menu, presenting Activities to you that could be a challenge, multiplayer playlist, trophy to hunt, and more, as outlined above. Some of these features will also apply to PS4 games played on PS5.
An Explore tab is the equivalent of What’s New on PS4, and will only be in testing at the launch of the PS5, while Media apps will have their own section, that will be revealed at another time. The PlayStation Store is integrated into the system’s main menu.
Other things confirmed are that the PS5 supports voice dictation through the DualSense controller’s built in microphone, there will be automated spoiler warnings for users who don’t own a game that view user content shared to them, external sharing will be possible, but so will sharing to Parties which (again) are no longer just about voice chats.
Source: PS Blog