If you ask PS3 owners what their opinions are on Sony’s XMB interface which continues to welcome PS3 users every time they switch on their system, most will probably agree that the interface could do with a long overdue makeover.
For starters, it is not the quickest interface seen on a home console, in fact it even seems to be getting rather sluggish as system updates continue to pour out. This can also be said with the PlayStation Store and built-in web browser as browsing through both features is not the smoothest experience and we would like to think that Sony are planning on big changes with their next console, the PlayStation 4.
One interesting question remains as to if Sony will continue with their XMB-style interface for the PS4, or create an entirely different interface, one which can be defined as ‘next-generation’. Creating a brand new interface isn’t out of Sony’s capabilities either, as we have just seen the company release the PS Vita in Japan rocking the new Live Area interface which is completely different to the XMB.
The Live Area interface features circular icons as opposed to Sony’s horizontal and vertical approach on XMB. First impressions on this new style on the Vita is that it is obviously a lot more eye catching and Sony themselves have stated that the Live Area interface is a lot more fun to use. Another interesting aspect to point out, is that Sony seem to be moving towards a future which involves a heavy use of social media aspects. The Vita comes with a standalone Twitter application, while features seen on the Vita allow users to take a screenshot at any time and then easily share with friends online – this feature is not available on the PlayStation 3 at the moment.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Sony adopt a similar social media approach with their PlayStation 4 interface, but again at the same time we would love to see something built from the ground-up. If you think the PS3 XMB is outdated, let us know what improvements you would like to see for the PlayStation 4. Do you agree that the PS Vita Live Area interface is a step in the right direction or not?