Sony has made some much-needed improvements to the UI design on the PlayStation 5, making it more convenient and easy to use than the PS4. While you might argue that a game console’s user interface may not seem like the most important thing in the grand scheme of things, wait until you keep using it for hours on end, game after game.
A great user interface can make all the difference in those moments, improve the overall experience and make your console more enjoyable. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the UI changes that make the PS5 better than the PS4.
1. The smooth home screen
The first and most noticeable change is the new home screen, which has been given a makeover that makes it look sharper and feel smoother, thanks to 4K resolution and support for HDR. As soon as you boot up your PS5, you’re greeted by a selection of sleek icons organized in the Game and Media tabs, rather than being presented with a bunch of apps jumbled up like on the PS4.
Hovering over game icons displays useful information and options, such as the Play button, progress, activities, game related videos and more. Overall, the new home screen provides a better overview of your games and content, making it easier to navigate and select what you want to play.
2. The New Control Center
Tapping the PS button on the DualSense controller now opens the Control Center, giving you quick access to various settings and functions. This is more convenient because you don’t have to go all the way back to the home screen anymore, as the Control Center appears on the screen you’re currently on. This means you don’t have to leave your game or go to a separate screen to access features like notifications, uploads/downloads, sound, activities and more.
One of the common mistakes new PS5 owners make is not customizing Control Center to display the icons they use most. To do this, tap the PS button and then press the Options button on your DualSense controller once you’re in the Control Center. Press X on the icon you want to move, then press X again to place it in its new position.
3. The handy activity cards
You can view activity cards by hovering over game icons on the home screen or by tapping the PS button on your controller while playing a game. These activity cards provide useful information such as your progress, trophies, game goals and more.
You can use Activity Cards on your PlayStation 5 to quickly jump to a specific game level or goal without going through the main game menu as the game is easily broken down into smaller chunks. Just select the activity card you want to play and press the square to start playing from that point. You can also use the cards to check the details of an objective you need to complete or to keep track of trophies.
4. The built-in game help
You will sometimes struggle to solve a puzzle or get stuck on a difficult game level. Instead of opening a walkthrough on another screen or exposing yourself to spoilers, you can now get help directly from the PS5 via the built-in Game Help. This is one of the many underrated reasons to upgrade from the PS4 to the PS5, as the new feature makes it easier to find solutions and continue playing without leaving the game.
However, this feature is only available to PlayStation Plus subscribers in supported PS5 games. To use Game Help, tap the PS button on your controller to access the Control Center. You’ll see a light in your in-game progress card when Game Help is available for that specific game and goal. Tap it to watch the walkthrough video on your screen without leaving the game.
5. The Quick Voice Dictation
One of the most annoying things about using a virtual keyboard is that you have to type long messages, which can be incredibly annoying on a console. Fortunately, one of the reasons we love the PS5’s DualSense controller is that it has a built-in microphone, which you can use for quick voice dictation.
This means you can now quickly send messages without having to type every word, making it a convenient way to communicate with friends while gaming or even just search for a game on the PlayStation Store.
All you have to do is press the microphone button below the PS button on your controller to record, send or search. If you are concerned that your microphone is broadcasting your voice to others, you can also mute it by pressing the microphone button or going to Settings > Sound > Microphone > Microphone status at login and select Stupid to disable it by default.
6. The integrated PlayStation Store
Unlike the PS4, the PS5 has an integrated PlayStation Store that allows you to search and buy games without opening a separate app. This means you can now search and buy games directly on your PS5 home screen, which is a huge time saver.
To access the PlayStation Store on your PS5, simply navigate to the far left of your home screen and select the PlayStation Store icon. From there, you can browse the latest games, pre-order upcoming titles, and more.
You can also access and download your PS4 games from the PS5 Store if you purchased them with the same account. However, keep in mind that some PS4 games have been upgraded to their PS5 versions to take advantage of the console’s upgraded hardware.
7. High-Quality Screenshots and Video Clips
Sony has replaced the Share button on the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller with the Create button on the PS5’s DualSense controller, giving you more options for taking screenshots and videos of your gameplay. Plus, you can use the PS5’s enhanced hardware to capture screenshots and videos in up to 4K resolution.
You can press the Create button on your controller to Save recent gameplay, take screenshot, start new recording, share screenor customize your Shooting options. You can also change what happens when you tap, double-press, or long-press the Create button by going to . to go Settings > Recording & Broadcasting > Recordings > Create Button Shortcuts.
There’s more to love about the PlayStation 5
The PlayStation 5 is a truly impressive console that offers much more than better gaming performance compared to its predecessor. While you’ll probably spend most of your time playing the latest AAA titles, it’s great to know that you’ll enjoy navigating the PS5’s UI and taking advantage of other new features.