New PlayStation 4 UI details surface
posted on 11.11.13 at 10:13 PM EST by (@salromano)
Trophies now have rarity levels, Sony confirms.

New details on the PlayStation 4 user interface have come out today’s review event in New York City.

Find the round-up below.

General

  • PlayStation 4 UI is “super-slick and quick.”
  • PlayStation Eye can log you into your PlayStation 4 like Kinect can your Xbox One, but you have to be holding the DualShock 4 in specific spots.
  • Double-tapping the PlayStation button lets you quickly swap between your last two applications.
  • When you sign in as a guest, all of your data will be automatically deleted when you sign out of a system. No more creating a profile and having to delete it afterward.
  • PlayStation 4 can upload and download while in standby mode.
  • You can charge your controllers via USB even when the system’s power is off.
  • While you can use the d-pad to scroll over letters while typing on the on-screen keyboard, you can also use the DualShock 4’s motion sensor to move a target over the on-screen keyboard. Sony is also working on touchpad typing.

Friends

  • You have to send someone a “Name Request” to see their real name on PlayStation Network. There is no “Accept All Name Requests” function, but Sony “made it sound like that was coming in the future.”
  • You can turn off updates from individual friends.
  • You can send 15-second voice messages and attach screenshots. Voice messages can also be listened to on the smartphone PlayStation App.

Sharing

  • You can broadcast gameplay for as long as you like.
  • You can choose with whom you want to share videos and screenshots with. For example, if you have a group of friends that play Killzone: Shadow Fall, you can share your Killzone media with only them.
  • The system features an integrated Twitch browser, which showcases live, ongoing streams and enableds players to search for specific users. Favorites and channel shortcuts are not supported at launch, but may be added in the future.

Trophies

  • Trophies now have rarity. You’ll be able to see how many other PlayStation Network users have earned specific trophies. Rarity levels include common, rare, very rare, and ultra rare. The Catherine trophy “The Golden Child,” for example, would be an ultra rare trophy.

PlayStation Store

  • The PlayStation Store is native to the PlayStation 4.
  • The store is “significantly faster” than the currentl PlayStation 3 store.
  • Movies no longer have to be downloaded from the PlayStation Store. You can stream all films straight from the store.

Thanks, Destructoid, Community Voices, Kotaku, and IGN.

  • Invisbin

    Steam all films? I only did that with FF Advent Children on the Ps3 lol.

  • Leon Keyv

    the 15sec voice messages chat are neat. sorta like Wechat on the android phones

  • Elvick

    A dead snail is “significantly faster” than the current PS3 store.

    • http://www.hush404.com hush404

      lmao.

    • MrKappa

      If the PS4 store is native to it then I wish they would change the PS3 store back to the old way. :(

      • Elvick

        Then I could visit it using remote play again~

        I’d do that every Tuesday. So handy! But no… making it an app was the dumbest move.

        And it works so BADLY. You can’t even enter the XMB, so how on earth is it so damn slow? D:<

  • http://www.hush404.com hush404

    Wow, that all sounds great to me :)

  • Spectacularity

    No one shall know my real name. Mwahahaha~

  • Gigus

    I’m still kinda confused about the system’s lower powered state and when knowing when the system is completely off. Does anybody know if they explained this already? If anyone does, please link me.

    • syaznifaiq

      just like pc/laptop .. shut down and sleep .. same functionality

      • AdamBoy64

        Except.. this standby mode can download/upload files?

        Sounds like it’s still going to use quite a bit of power.

        • Gigus

          I’m still very confused XD. Maybe they’ll explain it soon since they did say the light strip on the ps4 will indicate different modes on what the ps4 is on. I’m just hoping that when the ps4 is completely off the light indicator turns off instead of it being red. Not really a huge fan of that. Guess I’ll have to wait till I get a system or when they release on online manual on their site.

          • Bobby Jennings

            If you want it fully off, just take out the power

            • Gigus

              If you’re not gonna give helpful info best not comment.

              • Bobby Jennings

                I’m dead serious. Just take out the power cable. You’re making it pretty difficult to explain it to you anyway.

                • Gigus

                  How am I making it difficult? The comment about hoping for the light indicator being completely off is more of a personal preference than a suggestion. You’re the only one making it difficult. When did you start trolling like Budgiecat?

                  • McPoo

                    Come on guys, why can’t you get along? Nobody’s trolling anyone – I just want to see my two favourite users get along.

                    EDIT: When I say nobody’s trolling, that’s not including Budgiecat, obviously :p

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      He’s a loser. I’m not bothering myself with it. I just gave him a simple answer. Just unplug the PS4. He says I’m trolling lol. But anyways if it works anything like with the PS3, the PS4 controller just won’t have a light at all in the back of the controller.

                    • McPoo

                      There’s no need for names, Bobby!

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      Hey he called me a troll. That’s name-calling. :P

                    • Gigus

                      Last one before I ignore you completely, I did not call you a “troll” in that specific comment. I said you were trolling which everyone does for laughs and not intentionally. I’m sorry you took that personally but you just made it personal when you called me a loser which is more offensive than what I’ve said. I’ve had internet respect for you before because you have had good post in the past but that last one ruined it for me.

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      Kk

                    • Gigus

                      I’m just gonna ignore him from now on. Only internet trolls like him would attack people personally on the internet. The only reason why I said he was trolling because his recommendation was not beneficial to me. I’m not that stupid to unplug my system just to have a dinky light off. I mentioned it before that it was a personal preference to have it off.

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      Why would be it stupid to unplug the system? It’s not like it’s a bad thing. You took my response way too negative. “If you’re not gonna give helpful info best not comment.” Like seriously?

                    • Gigus

                      Its a bad thing because if your a gamer, you’d want that console ready for you to turn on and play. If anyone has taken the comments too seriously its you. You could have put more thought into it before commenting. I didn’t mean it to be harsh but thats just what I thought. It wasn’t aimed at you, just the recommendation. I really don’t know why we’re taking it this far.

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      I dunno, you tell me

                    • Gigus

                      cause you fail to see my point about personal preference which I’ve been clearing up over every single comment I post. Seriously Bobby, I don’t hate you. I see you as a fellow gamer and peer but you took it too far with the “loser” comment. You can redeem yourself by apologizing and we can beez internetz friends again. If you take my offer I’ll protect you from budgiecat’s comments in the future……. though I cannot guarantee it’ll save you from McPoo’s sexual comments. Last chance! Or we can tip our hats at each other and go our separate ways.

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      i’ve never had a issue with you

                    • Gigus

                      Until now. Anyways, lets just forget it and move on. We’ll blame miscommunication on this one XD. It is the internet and words have their limitations so alot of misconception and misunderstandings do occur most of the time. So yeah…….

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      Kk

                    • Gigus

                      You are bothering yourself with it. You just proved yourself to be the biggest troll ever because you’re acting like a smart ass and you’re attacking me personally when I’ve done nothing wrong. If anyone is a loser and a troll its you because you’ve proven that.
                      If you have nothing better to say just ignore my comments while I ignore yours from now on.

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      Give me your definition of troll please because I don’t remember trolling you at all. my response was a serious one.

                    • Gigus

                      Read my last two comments to you, Goodbye :)!

                  • Bobby Jennings

                    “Trolling”. Another word that’s just thrown around like it has over 20 definitions.

            • AdamBoy64

              Good suggestion.

              I think that’s a good idea if he doesn’t want to see an LED light when the console is off.

              I’m not sure if the US (or wherever Gigus comes from) has on/off switches on power points. But if so, you could just set it up so you just flick the power point off when you’re finished playing – and you wouldn’t need to unplug anything if that were the case.

              I do a similiar thing for my X360 – because it’s imported and uses a stepdown transformer, I don’t want to run that thing 24/7, so I just turn the switch on whenever I want to use the X360.

              • Bobby Jennings

                Exactly my point. If you don’t want to see the Red light(if it’s even there) then turn off the console completely.

              • Gigus

                Like I mentioned before its just a personal preference. The light is not all that bothersome. I just prefer it off to know that the system is fully turned off. But I’m not willing to unplug the power cord over a dinky light. Having to unplug and plug over actually turning the system on just makes it pointless and repetitious. It also ruins the ability to have the system ready for you to play. Thats why I turned down his recommendation.

                • AdamBoy64

                  Okay. My thoughts are probably somewhere in between yours and Bobby’s.

                  If it’s just a switch on the wall to flick off, then I think that would be worth it. If you need to physically unplug it, that could be pretty annoying.

                  I guess you have to weigh it up over the convenience of having it ready to turn on all the time versus having the LED on all the time.

                  However, what you’re asking is different – it seems like you’re just wanting to be sure the system is ‘off’ (as in, not in standby mode)

                  I’d say Kevadu’s spot on – like you can decide whether you have that standby mode or not, so you should be able to just disable it – so the system is either fully on, or fully off.

                  That should be able to solve your problem and help you customise it the way you want it.

                  • Gigus

                    Thank you for seeing where my post was going.

        • http://kazriko2.tumblr.com Kazriko Redclaw

          It’ll be using a custom CPU similar to a cell phone chip when it’s in its powered down state. It probably won’t use that much power.

          They showed the chip in the teardown video.

          • AdamBoy64

            Ah I see. I’d assume the CPU will be nice and calm, but the HDD might be jumping all over the place.

            It’ll be interesting to see.

            • http://kazriko2.tumblr.com Kazriko Redclaw

              If it’s downloading a file, it’ll probably be writing it linearly. Also, it’s a laptop hard drive, so it shouldn’t use more than 500ma at 5v. (2.5 watts) The system will be powered up for at least 5 watts to supply the controllers with power to charge anyway. (2x500ma at 5v.) I suspect the standby mode when it’s downloading and charging controllers could be anywhere from 3 to 10 watts. Of course, it’ll probably be under 150 watts when in full operation mode.

              • http://kazriko2.tumblr.com Kazriko Redclaw

                (For reference, if you pay $0.15 per KWH, which is high, the PS4 would use $1.08 of electricity per month on standby, if it was downloading something all the time while it was in standby, and charging 2 controllers all the time.)

              • AdamBoy64

                Okay, that’s interesting. If the hard drive doesn’t get fragmented, then yes, it should be straightforward. Don’t know how that works with the PS4 though.

                I think I would just keep mine off – as in off off.
                Nice to know that from a power usage standpoint, it’s not much of an issue.

        • Gigus

          I’m still very confused XD. Maybe they’ll explain it soon since they did say the light strip on the ps4 will indicate different modes on what the ps4 is on. I’m just hoping that when the ps4 is completely off the light indicator turns off instead of it being red. Not really a huge fan of that. Guess I’ll have to wait till I get a system or when they release on online manual on their site.

          Whoops Double post. Please delete, mods.

      • Gigus

        I don’t remember sleep mode doing background downloads. Guess I should have been more clear on what I was asking XD

        • syaznifaiq

          when you said you confused i though maybe i need to go ‘easy’ on you and just explain the basic concept lol

    • Kevadu

      From what I’ve read, all of these standby features are optional. In fact, they default to off. You have to go into the settings and activate them if you want to use them.

      • Gigus

        Was not aware of that. Thanks.

    • McPoo

      I presume it’ll be like the 360 won’t it? Go into low powered standby mode for downloads, then when they’re done it’s just off completely.

      • http://kazriko2.tumblr.com Kazriko Redclaw

        Except it’ll be lower power than the 360. I haven’t heard about the 360 having a separate processor for its background downloads, I think they have to run their main CPU in a down-powered mode, which isn’t going to be as efficient.

  • True Gamer

    This may not be important for many but what concerns me is how many people I can place on the block list. For instance, my psn block list is filled, with people who cheated and sent repetitive “negative” messages. In sum, the type of people you don’t want to encounter again in the future. I hope that sort of information is covered, or i will find out on my own this Friday.

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    I hope you can download game while multiplayer . In ps3 you can’t download game eventhough you weren’t playing multiplayer, if your game has multiplayer, you can’t download.

    • AdamBoy64

      I can’t imagine what having internet that fast would be like, for that to actually be a feasible option.

  • Budgiecat
  • Azoz

    “The PlayStation Store is native to the PlayStation 4.”
    THANK GOD!!!!!

  • McPoo

    Apologies for being off topic, but has the latest open forum disappeared for anyone else?

    • DrForbidden

      It’s still there…

      • McPoo

        What number is it? The latest one showing up for me is number 68, but it says it’s got 661 comments and got posted last week… I could’ve sworn the latest one was 69? >_>

        • DrForbidden

          It’s #069…

          • McPoo

            How strange, it’s completely disappeared from the site for me… This is after checking on my phone, iPad and computer.

            • DrForbidden

              Did you try viewing as a guest or try logging out and in again?

              Unless you have filters that block ’69’ for some reason.

              • McPoo

                Never mind, sorted now. I’d missed it just going back through all the recent articles, I must’ve glazed over it, and it’s not showing up in the community tab at all as someone else in the Open Forum seems to be having the same issue.

                • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                  I think I fixed it. You should be able to see it under the community/open-forum tab now or very soon.

                  • McPoo

                    Cheers babe

                    • Gigus

                      No offense or anything but your comments are just very intriguing XD. Are you trying to sleep with zero too? (reference to your past post about you sleeping with a former gematsu mod)

                    • McPoo

                      Haha no, I’m just pissing about. I used to live with Adam, one of the contributors and mods.

                    • Gigus

                      For a minute there, I thought gematsu mods had dirty secrets XD Anyways we need to stop commenting here. These topics are more suited for open forum stuff lol.