PlayStation 4 Vs PS3 XMB: Future interface ideas

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 If you think the PS3 XMB is outdated, let us know what improvements you would like to see for the PlayStation 4.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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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The XMB is simple and fastest interface ever but it’s definitely missing something but I can’t put my finger around it. It’s common sense that Sony will either make a whole new interface from scratch or upgrade the XMB, either way I know Sony would make the best decision.


XMB needs to keep the same layout but evolve to make it more appealing on the eye.


The PS3 XMB has to be the easiest thing to use in the world. Column titles such as Music,Photo,Game… how could it be made easier to use??


the new xbox dashboard is invasive with ads, i seen em on youtube and i hope sony doesnt go down that road with a new xmb update, sure there are ads on psn, just not as obnoxious as 360


I like the XMB as it is. I can find everything quickly and easily. My 70 year old Mom can find everything with  no trouble and she is not tech savvy at all. It is simple to use. If Sony makes things too complicated it will only confuse people. Yes I’m sure most gamers can figure it out, but let’s keep in mind that the rest of the family might want to use this too.   


Nothing is wrong with the curent XMB, Its simple and I like the design. X360 dashboard is a total mess!

Daniel Scott

update the ps3 xmb this one we have the now is boring it has been needing updated for a long time

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