Sony has officially unveiled the PS5 UI a few weeks before the console is due to arrive. You can check it out in the video below to see how it differs from the PS4’s UI and what to expect when you boot up your system for the first time. You’ll likely be able to spend a lot more time playing and less time on the menus, and it’s not just because of the NVMe SSD in the console.
Sony says it built the PS5’s UI specifically to take advantage of 4K displays, and when you first start it up, you’ll see a blinking PlayStation logo and must press the PS button on the DualSense controller to reach the main menu. In this respect, it’s very similar to the PS4’s UI.
In the demonstration, Sony loads right from rest mode into Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and the console’s control center is located across the bottom of the screen. You pull it up by tapping the PS button once. All of your icons are then available.
It resembles a taskbar you’d see on a computer, and it gives you access to things like audio levels, power, controller battery level, your microphone, and notifications without having to exit the game. You can also check on a download’s status this way, enabling you to keep playing something else instead of pausing it to reach the main menu as you do on PS5.