During the PS4 meeting Sony showed a glimpse of the user interface for the next gen console. The company has now released a pack of screenshots revealing more details of the new menu system.
Similarly to the PS Vita, the PS4 will get a new user interface that seamlessly integrates the game menu with the PlayStation Store. There is no more jumping in and out of the XMB to get from one place to another. While I am a fan of the minimalistic concept of XMB menu, it really isn’t user friendly to those who are new to consoles.
The new menu system aims to make ease of access its top priority. For example when it highlighting a game, right below it various information will be shown such as friends who own the game, trophies, new share media (vide/pictures), add-ons and live feeds of someone playing the game.
One of the screenshot shows a Pinterest-like menu filled with notifications of friends that may have beaten your score, sharing a live stream or comments left for you from friends all on one screen. The screen also shows mutual friends that may be playing together in a 4-player co-op.
There is also a screenshot of how live multicasting can be viewed from the iphone and tablet. The ability to let friends leave comments like a message board on your shared gameplay video or live stream looks like it could be a neat feature.
I also like the fact that a notification will remain displayed at the top when a game invitation arrives instead of a message that flashes at the top right corner of the screen like on the PS3. It also appears that gamers can gift each other special items from the game to a friend.