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Submitted by pinwheelherman 1099d ago | opinion piece

What Kind of UI Would You Like on PS4 / Xbox 720? - There’s been a lot of news recently about the next generation of consoles. Much of this revolves around hardware – chips and specs – but there hasn’t been a lot of mention about the software. Sure, we’ve heard rumours about games, but not much about the user interfaces that will feature in the next PlayStation and Xbox. Since our consoles have so many features, being able to easily and quickly navigate around is an important aspect.

Our current generation of consoles is really the first to need such a deep interface. Up until this point, consoles had only a few options for settings and memory management. There was no storefront to visit, friends lists to peruse, internet browsers, or streaming video services, so there was no need for a complex user interface. These days, our consoles have so many features that our current UIs aren’t really cutting it anymore. (PS4, Xbox One)

Gimmemorebubblez  +   1099d ago
Maybe Linux-Andndoid hybrid OS for PS4
W8 kernel for 720?

As long as the OS is fast smooth and responsive I'd be happy.
Nitrowolf2  +   1099d ago
Yea that's pretty much what I want, and also something that isn't going to fill the whole screen up. it's the reason why I love the XMB so much because it's a simple navigational bar with horizontal and vertical access. It's just simple and easy to understand from the get go.
kneon  +   1099d ago
I agree on the XMB and I'd prefer if they just kept it. It's fast and easy to navigate to where I want without a lot of extra crap in the way.
SilentNegotiator  +   1099d ago
I really don't understand what issue people take to the XMB. I don't understand why a pile of boxes and ad boxes (Metro and about a dozen big UIs, including the PS store, trying to parrot Metro) would be preferred by anyone over a simple left-right category, up-down items interface.

I loved the original 360 interface over anything I've seen this gen. Simple but manageably occupying (lots of items displayed in the up-down direction, but not too small or big).
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soultecc  +   1099d ago
i would like the option to turn off all the bulls**t ads
Brian1rr  +   1099d ago
Buy a ps3
soultecc  +   1099d ago
i had one but then i built a pc and now im just waiting for the ps4
1Victor  +   1099d ago
does it really matter what U.I they get we'll have to use whatever they put in there no matter how good or bad it is.Anyways let the online complains/petitions begin
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Reverent  +   1099d ago
It soooooo does matter actually. If the UI is flashy but inaccessible, then that will kill it. If it's functional as hell but laggy beyond reason, that will kill it... And anything in between.

Personally, I think Microsoft needs to just give up the stupid "flat" solid color theme for their Window's 8 styled theme that they brought over to Xbox Live. It just looks terrible. The original few Xbox UI designs were perfectly fine.

As for Sony, I don't mean to sound biased, but I really don't have much of a problem with their current UI design as it stands. However, I do feel like it could be faster to navigate. Things just seem to load up a little too slow. I know the Xbox has the same issues, but considering how much more empty the PS3 interface is, you'd think it would be quicker.

Personally, I hope Sony goes with Gaikai's UI design for the PS4. It's that glossy blue, holographic/futuristic style. That's just me though (I'm a tech-junkie).
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BitbyDeath  +   1099d ago
Something simple yet purrty.
Funky_Homosapien  +   1099d ago
Ill take anything that doesnt look like the current XMB... Oh and xbox dashboard is sweet!
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Karpetburnz  +   1099d ago
The Xbox Dashboard looks nice and all, but the XMB is a lot easier to navigate and its way faster.

hopefully Sony creates a UI thats both good to look at and fast to navigate.
torchic  +   1099d ago
wouldn't be surprised if the PS4 UI was akin to that on the Vita. just like how XMB was first on PSP then spread throughout Sony. Vita-PS4 interconnectivity also suggests so.

I wouldn't mind an upgraded, more fancy XMB though.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1099d ago
lol if 720 gets the tablet style UI that would be sad.
nevin1  +   1099d ago
A faster XMB
hazardman  +   1099d ago
I think Xbox UI is cool, plus it doing more like displaying you avatar and things like that. The XMB is my fave though, I like how they incorparate the themes with it. Dynamic themes are sick!!
ziggurcat  +   1099d ago
as long as it's not like the vita UI, i'll be happy (love the vita, just not a massive fan of the bubbles). keep it like the current XMB, but with some minor tweaks.

next xbox will likely have a windows 8-esque type of UI.
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Funky_Homosapien  +   1098d ago
i really cant see how they can improve the UI for xbox next gen.
Mikeyy  +   1098d ago
The 360's UI is very cluttered, and akin to a tabloid.

There is nothing intuitive about it. Its a bunch of boxes and ads.

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