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PS4 interface & gamescom demonstration discussed by Sony’s Yoshida

Monday, 2 September 2013 17:00 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4′s interface was shown running live at gamescom last month by Sony’s Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida. He’s now discussed the interface in greater detail in a new interview.

Writing on PS Blog US, Yoshida reflected on the gamescom demo, but stressed that it only scratched the surface of what PS4′s interface can do.

“What I showed was only a small portion of the UI,” he explained. “Obviously the system software is still in development. We really wanted to show off the social aspect of the UI. The minute you boot up, you’ll see all the information about games you own, what your friends are doing, whether there’s any new DLC coming out, or if your friends have shared a video or screenshot. And you can also spectate anyone playing PS4.

“The demonstration was to show that my friend Eric was playing Killzone. I was able to spectate, but also join the game. All PS4 games allow you to take screenshots, so I pressed the share button to automatically take one. And PS4 also records the last 15 minutes of gameplay, so I had the choice of either uploading the screenshot or the video. So I tweeted out the screenshot to my actual Twitter account. And if I chose to, I could have posted the video to my Facebook. It’s very easy to do.”

He added that discoverability is his favourite aspect of the new UI, “It’s like checking your social media every day. I really like that people can find out about new games, information, and what their friends are doing, without even booting the game. For example, you can check out whether you have had new challenges from friends from the home screen of every game. All the important information is presented to you immediately. The same game might come out on PS3 and PS4, but playing the game on PS4 will be much more fun, I would expect.”

What do you make of the PS4′s UI so far? Let us know below.

Via Kotaku.

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26 Comments

  1. loci

    Possibly the best opening to a conference ever.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dimaco

    I have to admit I am not into the whole “social” thing, still I really liked it!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Tr0n

    Looks a lot like PS3′s UI. I was hoping for something completely different.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    How can you expect something different from a company that has a shitty history of bad interface and software? Lol

    UI looks decent enough for a console. They made it look like a console UI which is ok.

    I only hope that it will not be the same thing like with horrible PS3 UI. When you launch the game UI is freezing to death because the majority of memory and processing power are for games.

    For the PC it is much easier. I have like 16 Gb Of Ram right now. I can launch multiple games and software on my PC and still UI will work as it should be and I can surf the net (just right now for example.)

    My previous PC with 8 gigs worked very well too.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    Where have you been Erth?!

    To busy with your Wii U probably! ;)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. deathm00n

    @3 You never used a PS3 before have you? This has almost nothing to do with the PS3 UI.

    @4 You are right my PC with 1gb does very well UI wise! What sorcery is this??? º_º

    Sorry erth, had to do it, your comment makes no sense to me… Comparing a PC UI with a console UI is like comparing a potato and an egg.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. KAP

    @4

    The XMB won a Emmy for it. Just saying.
    I think the XMB was and still is amazing personally.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. yeoung

    well if you plant a potato it becomes a potatoplant and if you plant an egg it turns purple and becomes an eggplant.

    biology 101

    On a serious note, I don’t have any problems with the PS3 XMB personally. I’ve only ever felt discomfort by a clunky and poorly indexed Store interface. Given the significant RAM upgrade, the only mistake that could be made would be the infrastructure on Sony’s end. Optimistic they’ll deliver, but then again, in no way does this represent a dealbreaker for me even if they fumble the Store again.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. SuperGamerDude

    I want that chair!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. deathm00n

    @8 +1 hahaha amazing

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    I love the fact that Sony have pretty much done a complete UTurn on the PS3. All those things have been corrected for the PS4.

    Great for people wanting to change over, and also high lights all the idiots defending the PS3′s crappy decisions for all this time… Even Sony thought they sucked. LOL.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. polygem

    looks smooth and very functional but these sony interfaces always are so cold and lifeless. same with the ps3 and also the vita. it works but it’s not fun to use. the wiiu and 360 interface is just so much more fun to use and navigate through.
    sony tries too hard to be highend-tech and “cool”.
    might appeal to some. personally it is my main problem with their consoles.

    @9. that chair is indeed nice!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet

    @12

    The PS3 interface is awful if You’ve used anything else.

    As you said, pseudo ‘high tech’ but ultimately shit.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Djoenz

    Sorry the xbox360 ui is lame as hell. Dumb avatar and I think the update shows tiles already on dashboard? I wanted to play fifa13 on xbox of a buddy f mine and to select the game it had the tiniest square/tile while other nonsense were bigger. I dont know if it was his settings or whatever, but ps3 has xmb, you can switch themes and is just simple but ace.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dragon246

    “sony interfaces always are so cold and lifeless”
    *facepalm*
    For the first time on the internet I have heard someone complaining about a UI being “so cold and lifeless”.
    I don’t know how to respond to that, seriously.
    Its like thinking certain games have “magic”.
    :D

    And comparing it to clunky and slow wiiu interface, lol. I dont know in which world these people are living.

    As KAP said, XMB won an Emmy.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Djoenz

    3d avatars it makes me sick to my stomach to see tht nosense. Lame as hell.
    I also tried to hook up 360 live gold for buddy of a buddy they didnt know how to. Well me neither. Microsoft makes one for you and you can only change it once. Its outside your regular account and we gave him a standard tag, but what a hassle tht was man. Unbelievable.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Lengendaryboss

    @15
    I was almost going to go video/gif crazy on that comment, but no.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dragon246

    @17,
    Man, I am speechless. UI being cold and lifeless? Seriously?
    Maybe they should sprinkle some “magic” on it :D

    #18 2 years ago
  19. deathm00n

    @18 If everytime you open something it shows this gif as an overlay effect it would be awesome

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Lengendaryboss

    @19
    HAHAHA LOL :) That was one of the gifs i would link, in addition to a video.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Dragon246

    @deathm00n,
    THAT IS THE MAGIC!

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Lengendaryboss

    I’m sorry i had to

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Q_fO7fhJI

    http://images.wikia.com/fairlyoddparents/en/images/e/e2/Cosmo-and-wanda-movie-magic.gif

    http://images.wikia.com/vampirediaries/images/a/ae/I_love_magic.gif

    :P :D

    #22 2 years ago
  23. polygem

    @15. whoopi goldberg won an oscar…

    i meant exactly what i said there and some games can be described as magical experiences. yep. some books too. art sometimes as well…has nothing to do with longbearded grandpas and witches though kid. it’s a term, to describe something is very special.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    Selena Gomez?? oh.. fuck you… Really. =/ plz stop posting her or Justin beaver.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. absolutezero

    So its just the Steam Community tab split into multiple different sections.

    The XMB was always nicer to use and navigate because everything you need is easily accessible and you never really leave the Main over arching menu system, so it needs to load little to get the maximum amount of information across.

    The 360 UI however is a cluster fuck of buttons and menus and loading pages and that fucking spinning circle and screenshots not loading shit buried miles behind a wall confusing nonsense.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Lv01

    @25 completely agree.
    @14 had the same experience trying to play into a game of fifa 13 on a mates 360. the disc was inserted… how can it possibly have been that hard to get into playing the game!?!

    the PS3′s XMB is the simplest menu system ever created. the fact that it was the staple of their bravia TV range for so long is testament to that. i used to work as technical support for TVs and navigating menus was literally the staple of the job. i was sooooo relieved to hear when a customer had a Sony TV. all the options are in the same place, off of one menu, not scattered around and hidden behind sub menus that need to be opened first… so much quicker.

    the PS4 UI does look like its fun to play around with, but i am a little sad to see the XMB missing. although, it does look like when he selected something, the rest of the menu just minimized to the top of the screen, and then there was a further ‘bar’ of menu options above those… could work in a similar way to the XMB, just moving up and down between menus to see all the options…

    cant wait to get my hands on it and see how it works in real life!

    #26 2 years ago

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  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]