PS4 user interface video confirmed

New video shows off UI for next-gen system; players can "Like" activities, have option to download single-player or multiplayer first.

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The PlayStation 4's user interface has been shown off in a new video published by Sony today. The video first emerged last week, though Sony would not confirm if it was authentic until today.

The 3-minute clip shows that players will be able to "Like" certain game activities and have the option of downloading a game's single-player or multiplayer component first for digital titles.

The video also reveals the typing interface players can use to write messages to friends, as well as how the Share functionality will work, among other things.

Check out the full video below. The PS4 launches this holiday for $399.

Discussion

417 comments
Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Cool video except that if most of the people playing these consoles apparently don't have internet good enough to connect to internet once a day, as the Xbox One fiasco highlighted, how are they going to download half of a game which is probably about 8-10 GB in the time it takes to get a drink lest than 10 metres from the console and reply to a message? PC games at my house take over night at least and I was one of the few who couldn't care less about the 24 hour check ins.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

dunno what you lot have been smoking, the ui looks fine to me. Maybe not the prettiest thing in the world, but its simple to use and quick to navigate. what more could one want from a ui.

SeriousGamer07
SeriousGamer07

I really liked the Playstation 3 interface because it was fast, simple, and had some awesome dynamic themes. I'm sure that this will be fast, (and simple once you learn it), but I'm hoping that we get some dynamic themes again.

chris120379
chris120379

would he be willing to "share" some sarah with me?????

Her0
Her0

Chris looked so stressed at the end of the video! :O

senjutsu
senjutsu

Hard to say before it launches and we can try it.

hordaak
hordaak

wow. xb1 interface totally outclasses this pos. 

theAllez99
theAllez99

I LOVE THE NEW DESIGN!

Sorry for capslock, im am over-excited.

dantesergei
dantesergei

This new era is ****ed up, just want to play my games, don't want to share or talk.

advancedcaveman
advancedcaveman

Does the PS4 allow me to pour a glass of orange juice and make weird cringing facial expressions while asking people if they're playing a specific game even though the interface is supposed to display what game you're currently playing? 

Are you guys playing Knack? Did you see my uploaded video? Can I drink some orange juice? Semicolon right parenthesis? Derp de derp ta teedily tum? 

King_Wii
King_Wii

I'll be honest that video was a bit boring. I did however enjoy seeing the interface and it looks good. I will say the one thing that Xbox One and Wii U have over PS4 and PSN in general is little cutie avatars. You heard me Sony I want avatars! Other then that I'm very excited about getting a PS4 this fall/winter.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'll adjust, but I'm fine with the Xross Media Bar honestly.

OMGUPOS
OMGUPOS

LOL, Congrats Sony fanboys, you get Windows 8 lite....lmao

hadlee73
hadlee73

Can't say that I've ever paid too much attention to the UIs in game consoles. I'm usually into the game so quickly I never really look. Maybe one day I'll check out one of these "app" contraptions that console UIs have nowadays :P

MercifulYet
MercifulYet

I just want the PS4 to have party chat. Yes, I am aware of cross game chat now but I want to be able to talk to multiple friends at once. Anybody have anymore details about this? 

Forefront-049
Forefront-049

If Microsoft's Metro UI and Facebook had a baby, then it would quite possibly be the PS4's new interface. Blech.

ziggyww
ziggyww

they should have cut this video by 1 sec


Monsta1217
Monsta1217

i wanna be in Sarahs clan so im all for the new UI

Urizen5
Urizen5

Ugh not that look really matters, still preferred 360's "pages" UI. I just hope I can pick and choose "apps" that i want on main page.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

That video was horrible. Music was atrocious and the main actor's reactions were so forced. Video was way too long as well.

tobygjohnson
tobygjohnson

that video made me feel warm and fuzzy inside...yuck

Hellknite190
Hellknite190

Thank fuck you can do more than one thing on the ps4 at the same time.

One of the most annoying parts about the ps3 was how you had to quit the game to do the simplest things like switching accounts.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@SeriousGamer07 Well it was sure better than the PS3 one. My god it was the worst drop list piece of crap I've ever seen in my life. I've made better interfaces using Form Wizard in Microsoft Office.

senjutsu
senjutsu

@hordaak Can't say, I think they are pretty much the same as design goes. But there is no "like" feature and no social features on the xbox one for now, so it's a difference. While on the xbox one, you can control with the voice or motion. I prefer the PS3's simple interface over the x360, but this interface (ps4) might be harder to get by. We'll see.

GaMa__GaMer
GaMa__GaMer

@dantesergei You can ignore the features. You can still play without using those things. Some people like being connected some people doesn't care at all

senjutsu
senjutsu

@King_Wii I wonder why they don't give us avatars. They already have a system for that in PS Home, it could be used. Also, they never talked if Home would continue on PS4. (not that I use it, but still some info lacking).

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

@SavoyPrime seconded. I like the minimalist feel of the Xross Media Bar. Plus, the default waves theme makes it feel classy and elegant, even somewhat Zen-like.

silent_cid
silent_cid

@OMGUPOS That's you xbone people. This looks like Sony had sex with Google Plus and made this interface.

senjutsu
senjutsu

@OMGUPOS ? I don't see a windows 8 there. It looks like the playstation store to me. I prefer the cross media bar I think. I wonder about the xbox windows integration, they never talked about it other than to say it will exist someday... :S

bakagami
bakagami

@keltonkelly1989 actually it was you Xbot fanboys that forced M$ to change their policies, no us.  A true PS fan would never have been planning to buy the Xbox180 anyhow

senjutsu
senjutsu

@keltonkelly1989 So xbox players don't sell their games? Sorry, I thought I've seen them in gamestop...  And they wanted to continue. You know, the playstation fans were not the problem, they didn't care at all about the microsoft console, it's the xbox fan that didn't want the console anymore. This showed in the pre-orders, and microsoft changed.

LOXO7
LOXO7

@ziggyww No way.  Now we can see how Chris really feels like.  Smiling through his teeth.  Faker.  Maybe he was ready to go home from a long, hard, day at work?

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@Urizen5 

Same.  Not that I'm really thinking of buying an Xbone util they do something about that always-watching Kinect. 

And until I'm sure they're not going to do something as bad or worse than they were planning later down the line.  It's Microsoft after all.  Trusting them is not a smart idea, even if you do like some of their products.

Forefront-049
Forefront-049

@Hellknite190 Couldn't agree more with you. I always hated how I could never listen to music and play a game on my PS3 at the same time.

dunk_420
dunk_420

@Hellknite190 switching accounts... game saves are linked to accounts so that wouldn't really work

OMGUPOS
OMGUPOS

Windows 8 (kernel) will be apart of the Xbox One UI from day one. The Xbox One will use Windows 8 (or a variant) for apps, internet explorer etc. Windows 8 is more or less embedded into the UI for Xbox One, however, there are (3) separate systems that will run in sync, and the actual UI was developed by the guy behind Windows NT, once of the best, if not the best Windows release to date.

1adam3
1adam3

@arc_salvo  you think the PS4's camera is gonna be off until you use it? I am on the Sony side though :D

Hellknite190
Hellknite190

@dunk_420 @Hellknite190 

Naah, I don't mean like that. For example, my roommate has set the ps3 so that it logs onto his account when the console is turned on. If I turn the ps3 and start the game then realise that I have to switch to my account, I have to quit the game, switch accounts and then start the game again.

Gamemaster_94
Gamemaster_94

@dunk_420 @Hellknite190 He was just giving an example from the tip of his mind... :p I'm sure you could relate it to something!

bakagami
bakagami

@1adam3 @arc_salvo since I have no plans to buy a PS4 cam, its a pretty safe bet that it will always be off

einrazer
einrazer

@Hellknite190 @Urizen5 @dunk_420 You can set it up that a game doesn't auto start so that you can be in the xmb when you turn on the system.  That way you don't have to go through that hassle every time.  And if you already know that sorry for wasting your time lol....just wanted to help if possible.

Urizen5
Urizen5

@Hellknite190 @dunk_420 can you switch accounts in the middle of a game now on any system. Seems like it would screw up achievements and gamerscore if you did that.

Hellknite190
Hellknite190

@Urizen5 @Hellknite190 @dunk_420 

That is if you don't have any account set to auto log in. Point is, once you have a game launched, you can't switch accounts without having to close the game first.

Urizen5
Urizen5

@Hellknite190 @dunk_420 You don't have to do that. I have multiple accounts on my ps3. On start up they all are displayed and I pick the one to use.