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PlayStation Dev Teases Completely Overhauled PlayStation 5 UI

PlayStation Dev Teases Completely Overhauled PlayStation 5 UI

I love a good UI, I really do.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

We finally know what the PlayStation 5 looks like, which is great! But there's still so much about the next-gen console that remains a mystery. That includes the console's User Interface, which we got only the briefest of glimpses at during last week's PS5 reveal event.

While that initial tease didn't give much of an impression at all, it's now sounding like the PS5 UI will be a "100% overhaul of the PS4 UI". That's according to Matt MacLaurin, vice president of user experience design at PlayStation. In a now-deleted LinkedIn thread (thanks, The Verge), MacLaurin revealed that the new UI for the PS5 is a "very interesting evolution of the OS".

"As it's UI it's practical first, but it's a whole new visual language and a complete rearchitecting of the user interface," MacLaurin teased. He also described it as "more subtle than flashy, but no pixel is untouched".

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I don't know about you, but the UI of a console has always been pretty important to me. The Nintendo Switch UI does the job, even though it's not very flashy at all. The Xbox One UI, on other hand, is one of the worst things I've ever had to use. It seriously actively puts me off turning on my Xbox some days.

As for the PS4 UI? It's easy enough to navigate, and I appreciate all the ways it can be customised. That's not to say there aren't ways the PS5 could streamline and improve its predecessor's approach, however. It certainly isn't perfect. I'm interested to see exactly how Sony will be changing it up for the next-gen console.

MacLaurin also explained why the PS5 is so much larger than its predecessor. Essentially, he put it down to the next-gen hardware's more powerful components requiring better ventilation.

"This gen is little supercomputers," he said. "While the 7nm process delivers amazing heat performance for the power, the power is very extreme."

The new PlayStation logo
The new PlayStation logo

This lines up with what we'd previously heard about Sony's solution to overheating on PS5, as well as the recently discovered patent which suggests the console will make use of a "plurality of cooling fans". Hopefully it stays nice and cool in there, because I'm definitely bored of the terrifying sound my PS4 makes every time I try to play a game.

Meanwhile, it sounds like the Xbox Series X isn't going to do much at all to change up the UI. According to The Verge's Tom Warren, Microsoft will add a few additional features, but the UI and dash will remain the same. Damn.

Featured Image Credit: Sony

Topics: Xbox, PS5, PlayStation