One of the highlights of the new system is the Control Center, which provides “immediate access to almost everything you need from the system,” and can be summoned by pressing the PlayStation button on the new DualSense controller. From the Control Center you can see who is online, check the status of downloads, manage your controllers and more. A special 11-minute State of Play showcase launched alongside the blog post, providing an in-depth look at the PS5’s UX, which was designed with 4K TVs in mind.
PS5 UI screenshots
There’s also a brand new feature called Activities which lets players “discover new gameplay opportunities, go back to things you missed, jump directly into levels or challenges you want to play, and much more.” Activity cards can be accessed directly from the control centre, and some can be viewed picture-in-picture, meaning you won’t have to leave the game to see them.
An example is shown from Sackboy: A Big Adventure, where the user can open up an activity card relating to a level in progress to see objectives they still need to complete. From this menu, they can also find out the estimated playtime necessary to complete the level. If they wish to, players can press resume on an Activity to warp to the chosen level, and if the user is a PlayStation Plus subscriber, they can also get access to Game Help, where if they tap one of the objectives they can see screenshots and video clips that can be pinned to the screen and will guide them towards the solution.
Users will also be able to join parties and games hosted by their friends directly from the control centre, switching between games with pace thanks to the PS5’s SSD. A new media sharing system also allows you to dictate captions for screenshots before sharing them, and screenshots will be shrouded with a spoiler warning for players who may not have seen that part of the game yet.Sony also notes that they have “rebuilt the entire software stack form the console to the network” to make the user experience faster. “We believe the less time you spend waiting to interact with the system, the more time you will have to spend playing games,” the article explains.
In other PS5 news, we recently learned that the console’s cooling fan determined the size of the next-gen console.
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