New Sony Patent May Indicate That the PS5 is Getting a UI Upgrade

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A brand new patent from Sony means that a huge change could also be coming to the PS5 UI, and presumably future PlayStation consoles as nicely. The new patent describes a system that enables gamers to change to different functions on their console with out having to go away a game. This is a main step up from the present UI, which forces gamers to again out to the dwelling menu earlier than coming into different functions.

Filed earlier this summer season and revealed on November 18, 2021, the patent focuses on a UI window that would seem over the game. Through this window, gamers would have the ability to entry different functions resembling streaming music, the PlayStation Store, and others. The patent does notice, nevertheless, that streaming music could require the participant “to pause the execution of the video game application, switch back to the home page, and select the music streaming icon.”

Furthermore, gamers can entry their most popular software by means of a sequence of interfaces known as “Action Cards.” These motion playing cards will be introduced up or stowed away utilizing the new UI pop-up window, at which level the participant can select to make use of them. There are varied show choices as nicely. Some of the referenced show choices embrace a picture-in-picture mode for streaming music, in addition to a pin-to-side mode that locations the software in addition to the gameplay display. This looks like it could possibly be the evolution of the PS5’s present Activity Cards, giving gamers entry to extra options with out leaving the game they’re taking part in.

You can take a look at the official patent designs under:

 

An analogous system is already in place on current PS4 and PS5 consoles. Namely, each permit gamers to hearken to music on Spotify whereas taking part in a game. The function can even present what track is taking part in in a small window. However, this is the first time a PlayStation interface would permit customers to freely entry the console’s functions with out having to go away their game. This is additionally in keeping with Sony’s authentic design motivation behind the PS5’s UI, which is to maintain gamers engaged and in-game.

[Source: Sony Patent via OPAttack]