by Gurman Bhatia, June 20, 2013 from
A video released on Playstation’s official YouTube Channel unveils the interface for Sony’s next generation gaming console, the Playstation 4.
The teaser video reaffirms Sony’s next-gen console’s focus on social gaming that it has stated all along. The video shows that users can upload and stream gameplay videos just as Sony had mentioned earlier. The ability to like and comment in the usual social community fashion is show as well.
There’s also a very brief glimpse of what looks like a revamped interface. The familiar icons appear to be replaced with more box like icons. Social updates from the gaming community appear in a tile like fashion.
The video also shows slick transitions between different tasks. The user switches from watching a game play video to actually playing the game seamlessly. A double tap on the controller’s PS button is used for this. Multitasking does exist, but something similar to the Xbox’s snap mode isn’t seen.
Taking social gaming further, games happening on the cloud appear as “sessions” that users can join. A quick press of the share button on the controller, and your game play can be shared with a fellow player.
When you purchase a game, it gives you the option of choosing whether you want to download a certain mode first so that you can start playing soon.
New messages appear on the top left, instead of the top right as before. Even here the interface is revamped with notifications being accompanied by the person’s photograph. The messaging interface in itself has earned a lot of colour and the keyboard comes in a boxy look with word prediction built-in.
Integration with mobile devices shows how you can send messages using your smartphone as well. This means that you could login from your mobile phone and control app purchases as well as other features such as messages.
Take a look at how Sony plans on keeping you connected with fellow gamers through its new console.