Sony has released 8 detailed images of the PS4 UI

In late February, Sony hosted a conference where it announced the PS4. While the PS4 was not shown and Sony essentially kept 200 journalists and millions online watching a 2 hour long presentation of unimpressive game demonstrations, we did get to see a glimpse of the PS4 UI.

Today, Sony has released more images of the Sony PS4 UI and it’s certainly blue with loads of gradients. While we will leave you to decide if the layout is clean or cluttered, this is our first detailed look at Sony’s upcoming gaming console.

The next generation of consoles will once again define a new era of gaming. Whereas the PS3 and 360 brought us all into the high definition gaming age, the next generation of consoles will likely push 4k content and turn our living rooms into the next battleground for casual computing.

Microsoft is rumored to be preparing for an event in late April to show off what it has been working on for the past few years and we expect Sony to actually unveil the PS4 console around the E3 timeframe. 

Via: Cnet

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It looks...old. Like it looks dated already. It looks like a bad media center rip off that would be shipped on something still covered in a faux silver paint job over cheap plastic like a Motorola Razr rip off in the early 00's. Looks really ugly to be honest.

All looks OK (albeit very metro-ish) up until image #6 which looks absolutely awful.
Let's be honest, UI design has never really been Sony's strongest area...

Wow I used to be a huge Sony fan and they used be great at UI's, especially considering they are not a software company....but my how the mighty have fallen, that UI looks like a mash up several UI's smashed together but like others have said there is no denying the metro/wmc "inspiration"

Good thing the PS4 is meant for playing games and not for staring at its UI, because I really want one

I'm hoping that it looks better when you put a nice background on it. The 7th picture looks a lot less worse than the rest because it doesn't have that ugly blue BG.

Still, it doesn't look like much of an improvement over the old one when it comes to functionality. I'd rather see them employ the full controls on the controller rather than sticking with a conventional "D-pad and a few buttons". If it works like I expect, it will be a lot like using a website with just a keyboard.

Win8 metro design much better than this ugly-blue color thing... Why not just copy win8 design and make it controller-friendly?

I've not liked the shift from both Sony and Microsoft to clutter up interface.
I prefer the old Xbox Blade & and the uncluttered XMB from sony.

That UI looks atrocious.

It looks like Steam's Big Picture Mode, which Valve stole from Microsoft...combined with an old PlayStation interface. Just bad. It's like Ubuntu meets Sony. Not good at all.

Like a lot of others have said, looks like WMC and that's not a good thing. I liked what WMC could do but the UI was just terrible.

Ehh.... I dunno. I think it looks better than the PS3 UI, but I just don't really seem to like it that much. I do definitely see where people would say it looks Microsoft-ish, but I feel like it just still has the same problem as the Xbox has. These UIs are being way over engineered now. There's too much pretty going on and not enough useful information. Say what you will, but I will always think Microsoft's original blade UI on the 360 was far better than anything we have today. Sure, it could have used a facelift to make it look a little better, but dammit, it used the whole screen for information and didn't have tons of fluff and wasted space. It was concise and easy to get to what you wanted. Now look at the Xbox UI. We've got folders inside of folders inside of tabs, navigation from one place to another takes 5 times as long as on the orignal Xbox UI, and let's not even get too into the ads. I don't mind some ads if they are unobtrusive and related to what I might like, but the Xbox UI is mostly ads now.

All of these UI designs suck. It remains to be seen how navigation feels on these next gen UIs, but from the looks of this, it's not getting much better. It seems to be the big new design trend that UIs like Metro are bringing in. Far too much focus on "pretty" and not enough focus on usefulness and ergonomics.

Wow can't believe people are trying to deny the metro influence here. It is such a metro\media center rip off it simply cannot be denied.

If you are trying to defend this you are just outing yourself as blind

I'm a fan of the PS3 simply because it offers free online gaming, that's the only thing stopping me from moving to xbox, I may be a cheapskate I know but I can't justify paying for the system then paying to play it online & to access free services.

The new PS4 UI is even worse than PS3 IMO.. I think they need to take some tips from the 360 Dashboard, nice clean and bright

Looks like Windows Media Center background, with some metro square pictures/boxes.

Bingo. I have a Win7 "server" feeding 5 XBoxes with Windows Media Center. So I see WMC every day. After reading the title, then seeing the screenshot I thought someone mismatched the story. I've never seen such a blatant replication of a GUI. I guess imitation is the sincerest....

everyone stealing the metro look.look at the tiles. and those buttons (ok,cancel)are definitely Microsoft inspired. and that blue is disgusting.

FoxieFoxie said,
Looks like Windows Media Center from 2004

Exactly. I do not have an Xbox therefore I do not know if there are similarities there but when I saw the pictures my first thought was exactly that: MediaCenter, which I love BTW.

Studio384 said,
Mmm, there are 2 things in my mind:

1. What whas wrong with the XMB to repleace it?
2. Metro.

XMB is just UGLY it works just ugly

XMB is terrible when there is lots of any kind of content. Ever try browsing thru a folder with music with it? Awful.

Wow, that's one cheap-looking rip off of the sexy Metro interface that Xbox uses. That even looks like Microsoft's Segoe font lol.

j2006 said,
Wow, that's one cheap-looking rip off of the sexy Metro interface that Xbox uses. That even looks like Microsoft's Segoe font lol.

What is wrong with people? Do you have some sort sight problem, or do you lack the ability to differentiate aesthetics & design at a very basic level? This does not look like Xbox UI.

Also to suggest that it's ripping off Metro is kind of ridiculous as the designs of Metro are not exactly remarkable; not that they are bad, but they are pretty obvious design avenues.

This has more similarities to Steams big picture mode than Metro.

Lamp0 said,

What is wrong with people? Do you have some sort sight problem, or do you lack the ability to differentiate aesthetics & design at a very basic level? This does not look like Xbox UI.

Also to suggest that it's ripping off Metro is kind of ridiculous as the designs of Metro are not exactly remarkable; not that they are bad, but they are pretty obvious design avenues.

This has more similarities to Steams big picture mode than Metro.

Not sure what you're looking at but that is exactly like the XBOX UI with a few minor changes. And those minor changes make it fugly.

Lamp0 said,

What is wrong with people? Do you have some sort sight problem, or do you lack the ability to differentiate aesthetics & design at a very basic level? This does not look like Xbox UI.

It's a copy of the XBox UI with a few changes. The font is even too similar. Sony's new UI is inconsistent with the Bravia UI, too.

Mikeffer said,

Not sure what you're looking at but that is exactly like the XBOX UI with a few minor changes. And those minor changes make it fugly.

You are sarcastic, aren't you? This does not look like XBOX UI at all. You people really don't make any difference between the design languages?

Lamp0 said,

What is wrong with people? Do you have some sort sight problem, or do you lack the ability to differentiate aesthetics & design at a very basic level? This does not look like Xbox UI.

Also to suggest that it's ripping off Metro is kind of ridiculous as the designs of Metro are not exactly remarkable; not that they are bad, but they are pretty obvious design avenues.

This has more similarities to Steams big picture mode than Metro.

This. They must have some problems with differentiating designs between them, whatever comes new today it's a "MS ripoff", and totally agree - It's more like BigPicture rather than XBOX, still tons of differences in terms of aesthetics.

SubZenit said,

You are sarcastic, aren't you? This does not look like XBOX UI at all. You people really don't make any difference between the design languages?

dust off your eyes chap. Don't let me have to do a side by side screen shot for you to see the considerable similarities.

Intrinsica said,
I'm not a fan of the Playstation store's latest UI, and this appears to be continuing the trend.

Agree with this. It's also gone from taking 2-3 seconds to load to taking about 20 seconds on my 60GB PS3. The xbox interface is much easier on the eyes and loads instantly with decent looking box art for game selection.

Gees, let's not beat around the bush the UI is a total metro rip off.

for all the hell MS gets for metro just about every new UI is taking very blatant queues from it.

Just repeating what i said on the forums.. it looks like someone has very badly copied the XBOX ui, trying not to making it look like XBOX, but failing.

and that blue is knocking me sick.

fail.

Uplift said,
Just repeating what i said on the forums.. it looks like someone has very badly copied the XBOX ui, trying not to making it look like XBOX, but failing.

and that blue is knocking me sick.

fail.

What on Earth are you talking about? This does not look like like the Xbox ui... at all.

I kind of disagree... It looks more like they are taking cues from web designs. Microsoft's Windows 8 Style UI took cues from modern web design and layouts too, but they really ran with it and came up with a cool theme.

I feel like from these images that Sony is somewhere between their old PS3 UI and trying to get the clean boxed Web design that happens to be comparable (to some degree) with Xbox. Nevertheless, Xbox has depth and Apple's Cover flow stuff too. So every one is going to be influenced by each other. Half of the things everyone has done in UI are probably inspired by many of the prophetic web and Flash designers of the 00's.

In the end, I just hope that navigation is intuitive, fast, and snappy. I'm still excited.

Edited by mranderson1st, Mar 1 2013, 3:59pm :

mranderson1st said,
I kind of disagree... It looks more like they are taking cues from web designs. Microsoft's Windows 8 Style UI took cues from modern web design and layouts too, but they really ran with it and came up with a cool theme.

I feel like from these images that Sony is somewhere between their old PS3 UI and trying to get the clean boxed Web design that happens to be comparable (to some degree) with Xbox. Nevertheless, Xbox has depth and Apple's Cover flow stuff too. So every one is going to be influenced by each other. Half of the things everyone has done in UI are probably inspired by many of the prophetic web and Flash designers of the 00's.

In the end, I just hope that navigation is intuitive, fast, and snappy. I'm still excited.


TL DR... Xbox, Windows 8 UI are from Media Center

Uplift said,
Just repeating what i said on the forums.. it looks like someone has very badly copied the XBOX ui, trying not to making it look like XBOX, but failing.

and that blue is knocking me sick.

fail.

Sorry double post

Lamp0 said,

What on Earth are you talking about? This does not look like like the Xbox ui... at all.

Agreed. What it looks like is the current PlayStation Store.

It don't really look like the Xbox UI that much. Instead it looks very much like if Sony was to make a Win 8 app.

As a graphics and web designer i can safely say it's not exactly a great design. Pretty ugly, poor layout, poor colour coordination. Lacks vision and seems half finished.

No, it doesn't. Because when I look at this, I can kind of see what's going on. When I turn on my Xbox 360 now, I always say to myself, "Where the hell am I, what the hell is all of this ****, and how much of it is advertising?" I love both the PS3 and the XBox, but the Xbox UI is tacky. These screenshots are nothing like it.

TurboShrimp said,

What we have here is a Angry fanboy
Full of hate and rage

I own both a PS3 and XBOX, and rarely use either... so nope, not a fan boy.

Ricardo Dawkins said,

TL DR... Xbox, Windows 8 UI are from Media Center

That's what I was going to say. If anything, PS4 UI looks kinda similar to WMC in some aspects.

testman said,
If the colour blue is making you sick, you need a professional to help you.

Fail.


Some people do have problems. Just like some of my friends having problem seeing blue/red on the white board.