While a lot of the PS4 talk has been about the fact that we haven’t seen the actual console yet, we were a bit disappointed that Sony didn’t show off more of the new PS4 interface as well that will replace the XMB on the PS3. We saw a few glimpses at the event, but not a lot.
Sony perhaps sensed this too, which is why they have decided to provide another look at the PS4 interface, generously releasing a high resolution collection of images which give us a much more detailed insight into what visual touches have been made from the XMB.
We’re pleased to say that our first impressions of the interface are very good. The XMB was nice, but it’s obviously pretty outdated now and in dire need of an update. We actually thought that we would see an interface similar to the PS Vita on the PS4, but we’re definitely liking what we see from this more visual approach to the various menus available.
Dare we say it, it even looks like there’s some Metro UI influences from Windows 8 thrown in there as well, which isn’t a bad thing. We see a blue theme in all of the screenshots right now, but hopefully Sony will be including an option so that users can change their color scheme freely when desired.
We also get a look at some of the sharing options available, such as being able to take a quick screenshot of gameplay, record a video instantly and share that video instantly online. Sony also tries to send the message across that this is a unified interface that users will see when also using Sony smartphones and tablets.
You can also see a headset button as well under a friend’s profile, allowing you to instantly call them which is great – even better since we now know that this will work in the middle of a game as well with the addition of PS4 cross-game chat. Check out the screenshots here and let us know your thoughts on the PS4 interface.
Do you like what you see, or are you disappointed?