PlayStation 4 system and GUI images
posted on 07.23.13 at 02:36 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Sony share more hardware and OS shots.

Sony has shared a few new system and user interface images of PlayStation 4.

Some of the images are repeats from E3, but the majority are new.

View the batch at the gallery.

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  • BigDix

    Sexiest images of the Dualshock 4 thus far, but I’m also reminded how much I wish Gematsu would do more coverage for Combat Plane 2. The original is still an old favorite, so c’mon guys!

    • Sal Romano


    • LordKaiser

      I don’t like the L2 and R2 buttons and they look trigger like. Bring the old DS2 L2 and R2 buttons back.

      • Lord Akki

        you troll, this is the true DS innovation that we need. My hands can stop being ache now after long hours of play. As for the triggers? Those are the most epic part about the DS4!

        • LordKaiser

          Triggers are bad when a quick action is mapped to those buttons. It’s so easy to miss pressing them in time or sometimes you can fail to press the button cuz you didn’t pressed it all the way. I never liked it on the DS3 and I hoped that they would remove them in DS4 and go back but they didn’t.

      • BigDix

        In the end, I think I prefer proper, single-distinct-press shoulder buttons as well. However, with the Wii U GamePad being the last straggler there and Sony/Microsoft thinking that sorta thing SO passé, improving the triggers is preferable to just carrying over the Dualshock 3’s relatively lame triggers.

  • BossTuff

    I like how clean the lines look and how they took the feel of the Vita and moved it to the big screen. They sort of attempted to do so with the current store, but ended up making it completely unusable. I will have to say that the social screen (the one used as the screenshot for this article) looks a bit disjointed. It’s almost like there’s too much going on with it.

    Overall though, a very welcome improvement on what is currently out there.

  • Kurisu Makise

    It seems the PS4’s OS has a lot in common with Vitas, especially how it’s handling the social aspects. It just has a TV friendly UI versus the touch friendly UI for Vita.

  • LordKaiser

    I want the XMB back with the Dynamic wallpaper.

  • Chippy

    His PSNid: DayZ100
    i wonder if he will tell me some ps4 secrets if i add him

  • Kuma Kabo

    I know that basically no one else agrees with me, but I *really* like the XMB. It’s fast, it’s intuitive, and it’s simple. It doesn’t get in my way. This looks clunky but pretty, and made for a smartphone. So. The Vita’s UI.

    • GhostNomad

      I also like the XMB (it’s simple and organized). The Vita’s UI was a little odd at first, but ever since they added folders, I’ve been able to get everything organized the way I want it to, therefore making it far better.

      • BossTuff

        I think the XMB interface is like the Xzibit of organization. Yo dawg, I heard you like folders, so I put folders in your folders so you can folder while you folder.

        The design concept they’re showing off with these screens appears to be more conducive to getting into the games with as little navigation as possible.

        • GhostNomad

          I don’t feel like it’s an issue. In fact, that’s why I like it.

          There’s the Auto-Start option so that a game disk will load up as soon as you put it in the PS3. Aside from that, by default a PS3 starts off just a few clicks away from where your game would be, should Auto-Start be disabled.

          As far as games in general, you have your disk, then depending on how you set it up, your folder with PS3 games, PS2 games, PS1 games. Everything is organized and easy to find.

    • AnimusVox

      No I absolutely agree, I liked he XMB also. As soon as I saw this lay out I instantly thought Windows 8, and I do not like that set up.

  • GhostNomad

    While I can’t really come to a conclusion without actually getting my hands on it and checking out the UI for myself, I’m not too hyped.

    For one, the only social media I use is Twitter and that’s mostly to keep up with announcements (for example, new articles on Gematsu!). I hardly even use my PS3’s social functions (only keep close friends on my PSN friends’ list so we can play games, and I have most of their numbers so communication is done through phone).

    On top of that, while I’m keeping an open mind, it looks a lot like the current PSN store, and it’s no secret that the new version of the store was a major downgrade for a lot of us. That’s bringing some negativity.

  • Sevyne

    I really don’t get this trend of stacking a bunch of picture boxes on each other instead of giving proper, easy to navigate menus. It’s not just Sony either, but like everyone seems to have forgotten that sometimes less is more. Just give me some basic drop-down menus. Hell, I didn’t even mind the XMB because it kept things nice and simple and the old PS Store was just fine as well. Now instead of having a single page of text menu, we’ll sift through like 10 pages of giant picture blocks! Hooray? So tired of everything being mucked up for “style”. How about convenience? Can I have that please?

    • LordKaiser

      This looks like Windows 8 interface.

      • Sevyne

        Exactly, and Windows 8’s interface is so bad…EVERYTHING looks like windows 8 now and it makes me so sad. :(

        • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

          Tiles, Tiles Everywhere.

        • wr3h

          I like windows 8 though

          • Sevyne

            Turn that frown upside-down. You are allowed to like whatever you want!

  • TimesTicking

    It kinda looks like the playstation blog.

    • Lynx

      Now that you mention it……

  • tubers

    Looks MS inspired :P

  • 罪罰

    As long as it’s smooth and optimized I could care less of what it looks like.

    XBM/PSN store are the biggest fuck ups I’ve seen in the PS3. Slow, unresponsive, takes forever to load and delete anything. The new PSN store is a fucking nightmare.

  • bldudas

    I don’t like it. It looks too Windows 8 and Xbox 306-ish. What is so wrong with the XMB? It’s nice, no clutter, and words instead of pictures.

    • Keegs79

      I am glad they got rid of the XMB. It didn’t meld well with the rest of the menu. They had something different everywhere. I prefer it all have a seamless look and not have various ways to get around. That is what I call clutter and an example in a way of an identity crisis.

  • Zero

    I think it looks more social media inspired than anything. It’s like the never ending facebook timeline or whatever. That’s the world we live in though, instant information.

    For example –

    Look! Matilde Willson launched a game for the first time! OMG! … I so needed to know that…and not in like 5 minutes, but right the **** now!

    Yeah… Social media and instant everything is just seeping through into every form of entertainment.

    Also, one of the main reasons we get huge icons and pictures these days is for advertisements. Did we really need a huge icon to inform us that Dragons and Cavalier is out? No, of course not.

    Sadly, I don’t think that is going to change anytime soon. It’s also meant to be easy and accessible. Stupid proof even.

    I prefer more compact looking stuff. Like with my PC, I use small icons and keep my desktop nice and neat. I’m not big on having huge icons and stuff all over the place.

    This carries over to other things, especially my other electronic devices. Huge annoying icons telling me nonsense doesn’t make me jump for joy.

    You know what? How about giving us choices? That’s all I ask for. Let me move around icons, turn off some of those notification, minimize or maximize windows, etc.

    I sure hope Sony considers that much. I like to set up things the way I like it. I enjoy tinkering around and finding what I think looks nice. Just like when I mess around with my desktop, themes, etc. on my PC.

    It’s time for consoles to allow users to do the same thing. Set things up the way they want for looks, personal accessibility, and comfort.

    • Kurisu Makise

      This assumes that is even possible given the UI thus far. Though it seems likely, if they want to sell Dynamic PS4 themes. In fact, I’m surprised Vita hasn’t gotten those yet either. We’ll have to wait and see though, this needs hands on time more than anything else; though I figured I should comment about your big icon statement. Small icons look fine on PC monitors, but for people rocking the 40″+ HDTVs, those big icons are pretty important. In fact, I wish the XMB could have bigger icons and bigger fonts to use cause they’re a bit difficult to see at times.

      • Zero

        Good point. Things should adjust to proper resolutions, that’s for sure.

        I just like smaller icons I suppose. I use both my monitor and TV for my PC and consoles.

        I don’t hate the PS4 UI or anything. I would love some choice. They could still do Dynamic themes. Why not let users mess around with the theme settings? Even more so if they bought the theme. Just food for thought.

        • Kurisu Makise

          I agree, being able to adapt the UI to meet the device the PS4 is outputted to would be fantastic and should be built into the OS honestly. Everything else (Dynamic Themes) can come later on. Hopefully some basic customization like backgrounds are available too, along with window/tile colours.

  • Raiyu

    Looks good, looks much better than the PS3/PSP XMB.

    • Matt Clarmont

      I like the XMB but it definitely can be approved upon. Hopefully this new setup will be a bit more user friendly for the learning impaired :p

  • rendermonk

    I would say only 2 or 3 images are new. The MAJORITY of the images are repeats from E3. Fishing for clicks they are!

  • Xino

    that’s a stupid UI
    so what about Dynamic themes?

    • Guest

      It’s a straight up MS Metro clone, yet they didn’t do it properly.

      • Xino

        even though they were to copy the Metro style, at least they should make the boxes without colours or any backgrounds. So that we can use our wall paper or DYNAMIC theme! >:/

  • bloodiOS

    Man, how I miss that good old XMB…

  • DesmaX

    Omg, this is so stupid!

    They just totally spoiled Knack ending!!!!!

    Oh well, I like the interface. I, for once, like these big icons

  • shogunknight

    Probably have to see a long live preview of this to be confident of the interface, i hope they do so at gamescon/tgs

  • Russell Gorall

    These are all old images.

  • jujubee88

    it’s great : D

  • Lord Akki

    love it! So hyped for my PS4. October can’t come soon enough!
    Interface looks nice, I just hope it’s quick. That’s all I need quick and seamless interface.

  • Aldridge517

    I like it :)

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Damn. I’ll be missing the XMB.. Not to mention i had Themes and Wallpapers to my liking! Anyways, I Hope the new UI is good and fast.

  • zakou

    Windows 8, Xbox 360 Dashboard? The more we move on into the future the less freedom of customization we get.

    Own wallpapers? Dynamic themes? Personal themes? Consumer choice? I don’t want to look at some boxes with adds and social media spams, even if i wanted to look at it from time to time then give me a choice.

    What would be nice is if they added in something called Social Zone, once you click that icon it would then send you into this social PS4 UI as screened in this section and if you didn’t want to stay in this social zone then you could just be offline and stay in the default PS4 UI that’s customizable.

  • Locksus

    Holy damn, talk about some kindergarten-level behaviour here. Really guys?

    • Sevyne

      Huh? Of all of the comments in this section I only see one very small portion being immature. The rest are either criticizing the UI or liking it. Do you have a problem with people forming an opinion? Where is this “kindergarden-level behaviour” that you speak of?

      • Locksus

        “MS Fanboy douche bag” “Everything is better than a pauper like you.” “Speak for yourself, fool.”

        Just a few examples, but this is not what I would call mature behaviour.

        • Sevyne

          Well you didn’t reply to those folks exchanging words. You simply posted at the top of the comments section and didn’t even specify what was so “kindergargen-level”, so you were technically calling out everyone in the comments in a way.

          If those are the folks you were speaking about then maybe you should have replied to them instead of throwing an insult in the air and expecting it to land in the right place. That’s just a little bit of advice btw.

          • Locksus

            Duly noted. Sorry if I sounded like I was accusing everyone of kindergarten-level behaviour. Certainly wasn’t my intention.

            • Sevyne

              It’s cool man. I agree that the little fanboy wars are a bit stupid.

    • Zero

      Sorry about that. I’m hoping those types of comments will become rare over time.