Should You Buy PS5 or Xbox Series X / Series S? (Part 6 – User Experience)


With lower than a month left till all next-gen consoles are out, Sony and Microsoft have been constantly doling out new data on their respective items of {hardware}. Over the previous few months, we’ve been having a look at a number of of those particulars and pitting the upcoming Xbox and PlayStation consoles towards one another (you’ll be able to test them out by means of the hyperlinks above), seeing which one fares higher in numerous classes. Here, we’ll be doing one thing comparable, as we go over new particulars revealed on the consumer expertise of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.


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Details on the Xbox Series X’s new consumer interface have been round for some time, as a result of curiously, although Microsoft have made enhancements to the UI for next-gen, it’ll even be utilized to the Xbox One. Barring some options that’ll be unique to the Xbox Series X/S – akin to Quick Resume, or the brand new sharing options (which require the brand new controller with its Share button) – the consumer expertise will likely be largely comparable throughout generations. 

The new UI had been step by step rolling out to Xbox Insiders over the previous few weeks, earlier than launching it in full earlier in October, properly in time for the launch of next-gen consoles on November 10. The Guide has seen the most important enhancements throughout the board, in an effort to make it should quicker and way more accessible to customers, with the touchdown web page specifically designed to make navigation between your current actions, video games and apps, and the Dashboard simpler. 

The Guide additionally means that you can customise the order during which the completely different tabs seem, whereas there are additionally buttons on the backside of the Guide for simpler and quicker entry to utilities akin to notifications, Xbox Game Pass, the shop, search features, and audio settings. 

Connectivity and social options have additionally seen enhancements, with a brand new notifications inbox that mixes all alerts, sport invitations, and messages right into a unified feed, pulled from all of your Xbox apps. Meanwhile, particular person quantity management to get together members has been added to the get together chat choices, whereas the Activity Feed has additionally been up to date to make it cleaner and simpler to learn. On the Xbox Series X/S, you may also customise your private home display with varied colors, and notably sufficient, the Xbox Store has additionally been overhauled. 

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Then there are the brand new sharing options, which lastly permit the Xbox to catch as much as the benefit of use that’s been seen on the PS4 for years so far as sharing and capturing are involved. Players can press the share button as soon as to take a screenshot and maintain it to document a gameplay clip. This, in fact, implies that you will want the brand new Xbox controller, which has a share devoted share button, not like the Xbox One controller. Meanwhile, sharing may be completed by means of the console or your telephone (in case you have the Xbox app, that’s), and clips and screenshots may be shared to social media and immediately with your folks as properly. 

Finally, current reviews indicated that the Xbox Series X’s UI will likely be rendered in 1080p, which caught some flak by many who have been dissatisfied to see that in a 4K console (on the very least). However, subsequent reviews have mentioned that the decision of the Xbox Series X’s UI is at present not closing, and will likely be up to date earlier than the console launches. Similar particulars on the Xbox Series S have most likely not been finalized to this point both, however it needs to be fascinating to see what decision the UI will likely be rendered at, not solely as a result of the console isn’t able to 4K, however as a result of Microsoft may wish to use as little of the RAM (which is already way more restricted than the Series X) for the UI as attainable. 



Then there’s the PS5’s UI, which has been fully overhauled from the PS4’s consumer expertise, as Sony had promised (and will likely be rendered in 4K for positive). One of the most important new options of the PS5’s UX is the Control Center- you simply press the PlayStation button, and it suspends no matter sport you’re taking part in to convey up the Control Center on the display, with out leaving the sport. Here you’ll be able to view Activities, that are displayed as playing cards on the display, which present you varied small and enormous gameplay alternatives from throughout no matter sport it’s that you just’re taking part in, akin to immediately leaping into varied completely different ranges, tackling particular challenges, instantly leaping again to earlier elements of the sport to search out collectibles, and way more. 

PS Plus members will even have the ability to use the brand new function known as Game Help to take a look at official in-game ideas, hints, guides, and movies, and you may view these whilst you’re taking part in the sport, at the same time as picture-in-picture movies. Meanwhile, sharing options have additionally been improved, which suggests now you can share your display with members of your Party, and think about different Party members’ screens with picture-in-picture whereas taking part in your personal sport. 

The primary house display will comply with the design sample of the PS4’s UI, however with an up to date look, with varied accessible and put in apps and video games showing in a row on the house display as completely different tiles. Under every app or sport, you’ll discover its personal particular person hub, the place it is possible for you to to leap into particular elements or ranges of the sport, view information and updates, and extra. Interestingly sufficient, these options will even be utilized to PS4 video games by way of backward compatibility. Additionally, the brand new and overhauled PlayStation Store has now been built-in into the PS5 on a system stage and can not be a separate app, hopefully making for a quicker and extra handy expertise.


Trophies are additionally receiving some fascinating updates. For starters, Sony not too long ago overhauled how the leveling system works, growing the extent cap all the best way as much as Level 999, which suggests you’ll now stage up at a a lot quicker fee. Each profile on the PS5 (and ultimately on the PlayStation App) will even have Trophy Level icons, which is able to fluctuate primarily based on what Level your profile is. Sony additionally states that these icons could have “a refined distinction to visually counsel how shut you’re to the following stage.”

Recently, Sony let slip that the PS5 will even observe the progress you’ve made in direction of unlocking particular person Trophies, which is a function Xbox One customers will likely be conversant in. Sony ultimately took down any point out of that function and have since not formally confirmed it, so we don’t formally know if that’s happening- however it appears probably at this level. Finally, the current UI reveal for the PS5 could have additionally revealed one other feature- that unlocking sure PS5 Trophies might additionally reward gamers with digital Profile objects, akin to banners and avatars.


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The consumer experiences of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S are, in some ways, microscopic illustrations of Microsoft and Sony’s approaches to next-gen as a complete. The new Xbox UI doesn’t deal with any single machine, and is as a substitute trying to construct a bigger ecosystem throughout screens with iterative upgrades. The PS5’s UI, alternatively, is a clear break, a whole overhaul, a totally new search for the following technology. 

Other than speaking in regards to the options of each, it’s arduous to attract any actual comparisons between the 2 proper now, as a result of it’ll finally come down to hurry, because it at all times completed within the case of consumer interfaces. Thankfully, pace is one thing that each new UIs appear to be emphasizing. It’s one thing that appears to be the factor the brand new consoles themselves are going after greater than virtually the rest, in actual fact, so it’s not stunning to see their central consumer experiences devoting a lot consideration to that as properly.

Part 1 – Specs | Part 2 – Controllers | Part 3 – Features and Services | Part 4 – Price and Launch Lineup | Part 5 – Form Factory, Connectivity, and More

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