Sony revealed the design of its PS5 console last week but there is still plenty the company has kept a secret, including the UI.
In a series of now-deleted comments on a LinkedIn thread, Matt MacLaurin, the PlayStation Vice-President of UX Design, said that the new UI will feature a “100 per cent overhaul of the PS4 UI.”
According to The Verge, MacLaurin said: “As it’s Ui it’s practical first, but it’s a whole new visual language and a complete rearchitecting of the user interface.”
He then explained that the PS5’s operating system is “more subtle than flashy” before stating that “no pixel is untouched”. MacLaurin then confirmed that the console’s operating system, which was briefly teased at Sony’s PS5 showcase last week, will be revealed soon.
Later on in the thread, MacLaurin teased that there “maybe” changes in the PS5’s home screen interface, but refused to provide additional details. He then claimed that the new console is “customisable in ways previous gens weren’t” and when asked about the possibility of a black PS5 console, MacLaurin teased a sly “maybe” before adding that “there will be a special edition for everyone”.
PS5’s Launch Games
Also at the PS5 showcase event, Sony announced a slew of video games including Horizon: Forbidden West, a Demon’s Souls remake, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and dozens of others. While the games certainly sparked excitement, Sony has stated that the company has plenty more games to announce.
In an interview with the BBC, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan explained that the giant tech company will be announcing more games in the coming months. He said:
“We wanted triple-A games that would fully demonstrate the horsepower of the machine. But some of these smaller games are making very cool and innovative use of the new features of the console.
“So we allowed the show to give a sense of the sheer range of gameplay experience that will be available on PlayStation 5. And this is just the start. There are many more games that we have in development.”
In the same interview, Ryan spoke about PlayStation’s range of exclusive games and how they’re important to the platform. He said: “Exclusive games are obviously one point of difference between our system and others.
“But I really call out the criteria of quality rather than necessarily exclusivity. And when I look at our worldwide studios, it’s really the quality of the work that they produce that counts.”
It’s unclear what other games PlayStation may have up its sleeve but there’s been rampant speculation that the games could include a new Crash Bandicoot game, a sequel to 2018’s God Of War, the rumoured Silent Hill video game, as well as several new IPs.
There are rumours that Sony will hold a second major event in August where it may unveil additional games and potentially offer a closer look at the console. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been confirmed and we’ll have to wait a few more weeks to hear anything more. Stay tuned.