We’re less than a month away from the launch of the PS5 and Sony has unveiled the new UI for their upcoming console.
When you start up your console, you’ll be asked to press the PlayStation (PS) button on the DualSense controller and then choose which account you want to use.
Pressing the PS button brings up the new Control Center that allows you to quickly access features like Profile, Notifications, Music, Messaging and more. Think of this as the PlayStation version of the Xbox Guide menu.
Within the Control Center is Activities which are on-screen cards that “enables you to discover new gameplay opportunities, go back to things you missed, jump directly into levels or challenges you want to play.”
You’ll be able to view some Activity cards in picture-in-picture mode.
The main homescreen of the PS5 UX is divided into two sections, Games and Media.
Games is where you’ll be able to see your games library, buy and download new titles, share screenshots and clips and more. Just like past Sony consoles, the interface is a grid of icons.
Switching between games is fairly easy and should be fairly quick thanks to the custom SSD in the console.
Media is where you’ll be able to access streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube and play 4K Blu-rays (if you have the standard PS5).
The PS5 will be launching on November 12th in Canada, the US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. A week later on November 19th, the PS5 will be launching in the rest of the world.
The standard PS5 costs $629 CAD ($499 USD) and the digital version will retail for $499 CAD ($399 USD).
While initial pre-orders for the console are sold out, more units should be available in the coming weeks and months and into early 2021.
Source: PlayStation Blog