When the PS5 finally launches at the end of this year, the first thing gamers will likely see is its main menu. This is an important part of the PlayStation experience that some people may overlook, which is why we're happy to see this slick new concept videos that shows what the PS5 UI should look like.
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It looks similar to the existing cross-shaped menu we have on the PS4, and to the original one from the PS3. However the big images and larger tiles make better use of the space, with large chunks of the menu moving out of the way when you select a game or app. The R1 and L1 buttons let you switch between windows devoted to different genres, which we can see being useful for when you know you want to play a certain kind of game, but need to see what’s in your collection before you make up your mind.
The sub-menus, which Durczok’s design demonstrates with The Last of Us 2, shows basic stats like playtime, trophy progress, how much storage space it’s taking up on your SSD, how many add-ons you have downloaded and how many of your friends also own the game.
It also shows a user loading a specific save file from the game, rather than going into an in-game menu or just resuming from the last session that was played. This could be handy if you decide you want to retry something from an earlier save, or if you’re playing two different game campaigns at once, perhaps one by yourself and the other in co-op.
In a second video, we can see how navigating between the square tiles looks. Each one comes with a big background image rather than sticking to whatever wallpaper you’ve currently got applied. The image below also shows a notification pop-up, complete with a timer bar at the bottom showing how long you have to acknowledge it before it disappears.
Some alleged actual leaks have appeared for the PS5’s menu. Below is the one posted on Slashleaks in January, which bears a little resemblance to Durczok’s design but mostly looks like the existing PS4 menu.
On the whole, Durczok’s concept looks great, but this isn’t official, as much as we hope it was. Sony’s actual menu is likely to be more visually constrained than this, even if it offers the same kind of options. But we'll know for sure what the PS5 interface looks like when the console arrives this holiday season.