Submitted by doctorstrange 951d ago | opinion piece

Sony Retires the XMB, Unleashes the PS4 UI

When the PS4 was announced last week, what we all predicted would happen came true – the XMB was dropped. With close-up pics of the new UI released today, the Daily Reaction duo of Seb and Dan say farewell to the old interface, and hello to the revamp.
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Foolsjoker  +   951d ago
I will miss you XMB.
Abash  +   951d ago
Considering how impressive and intuitive the new interface looks, the XMB will be very hard to miss
doctorstrange  +   951d ago
I will miss it, while simultaneously looking forward to the new UI. Us N4Gers are complex creatures.
Foolsjoker  +   951d ago
It was still a big leap forward from the PS2's interface.
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darthv72  +   951d ago
to me....
the xmb always felt sort of detached from the system as a whole.

This new UI looks to be more alive and seamless in moving between the different parts of what makes up the UI itself. There looks to be more of a connected vibe throughout.

The XMB was definitely a good interface for what it did but i always felt like there was something holding it back from being more interactive with the rest of the PSN as a whole.
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bigfish  +   951d ago
What goes up must come down, all this good news and amazingness coming from SONY must end soon, surely?? I expect a real bummer announcement coming soon, this is all too good to be true.
SilentNegotiator  +   951d ago
What problem did people have with a simple category-horizontal, item-vertical OS again? Because I loved the original 360 OS and the XMB.
badz149  +   951d ago
this is not at all surprising
They did dropped it for the Vita although understandiby the XMB is inefficient for touch screen thus the Vita GUI. I too am feeling that there's nothing wrong with the XMB but things are changing so there goes the old one replaced by the new one although XMB will remain as one of the most easily accessible yet complex GUI ever made.
thedon8982z  +   951d ago
I will miss the xmb too but at the same time I cant wait to experience ps4 UI...
xPhearR3dx  +   951d ago
I agree. The XMB was a heaping pile of trash anyway. It was slow, sluggish and unresponsive.Hopefully Sony has learned their lesson and this new UI will be much more fluid. From the looks of it, I believe it will. Really like the layout.
TH3 GAM3  +   951d ago
I don't think there's anything wrong with the XMB but I understand the change also. I'm looking forward to see what Sony has to offer next.
DeadlyFire  +   951d ago
Looks more like PS4 PS Store menus to me. XMB could still exist on the PS4.
RumbleFish  +   951d ago
The new UI looks like the new PS Store. There's nothing intuitive to it and it actually sucks. It looks like a big advertisement. I prefer things to be simple and modest. I even prefered the older version of the XMB with smaller icons.
MiloGarret  +   951d ago
Welcome to the Metro UI.
Calm Down Sunshine  +   951d ago
The new AI looks ridiculous
There's nothing wrong with the XMB...

I don't need to see my face or any of my friends faces in massive tiles on my TV.

Wish they'd kept the simplicity and the "to-the-point" XMB :(
chazjamie  +   951d ago
i will not miss it at all. good riddance to bad garbage.
Ares84HU  +   951d ago
I don't know man. I have to see it in action to decide if it's inpressive or
not. Like the new playstation store, it looked good judgeing from screenshots but the way it works is confusing and fustrating. So I want to see the new system in action before passing judgement.
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mistertwoturbo  +   951d ago
Sony hasn't retired it yet until they retire the PS3.
HammadTheBeast  +   951d ago

Although it will probably be available as a theme.
yeahokchief   951d ago | Bad language | show | Replies(4)
Mounce  +   951d ago
I don't honestly even see what was wrong with XMB, people at first compared it to XBL and said this was much cleaner, much easier to navigate....and now that PS3's PSN store is coming and PS4's taking a Windows 8-like boxy-vibe(Or whoever did such a....boxy-design..)

I honestly don't see what the whole problem is, I don't like XBL's UI and am I the only one who was fine with the PS3's XMB? :/ It was simple and clean, you know where the options were. I just don't like Square-jigsaw pieces containing Picture-arts of random or genre-like related areas. It feels more about the 'Look' than it is for convenience.
Morpheuzpr  +   951d ago
You know what's the funny part? A lot of people criticized GT5s menu which was basically that a bunch of boxes for you to choose from.
Mounce  +   951d ago
It almost seems hypocritical then of many Playstation users, varying on who or how many praised PSN's XMB when it was compared to the 360's, and now only to glimmer up the new look Sony is going for when really it just seems to be the 'New Look' of this generation, I guess in hopes that the new UI conforms to what most people are used to using in general with technology.

Oh well, even if I don't like the new look, we're clearly going to have to get used to it, lol. Wonder if I'll just accept it and try to adapt like the rest who're the same as me.
DOMination-  +   951d ago
For me its good riddance and one of the main reasons i preffered xbox this gen.

Firstly it lacked uniformity. For someone with mild ocd it really annoyed me. What i meant was that if you select the bbc app the entire screen went black. Also some games would change the screen when you selected them and some not. It seemed like there was no standard.

Secondly and more important. It felt dull and boring. Cut off from any feelings of being a social place. A friends list was just that. A list completely detached from you in every way. For me personally, MS really nailed the social side of things.

Thirdly, everyone here says its so simple yet there were a million things in the settings tab. Many pointless options, things being repeated in multiple tabs and no way of customising. Dynamic themes could be cool but honestly most of them resulted in me struggling to read the text.

I hope this os syncs trophies automatically when you unlock them. You shouldn't have to set your console to turn on in the night to do it, let alone pay for that "feature".
jwk94  +   951d ago
This was just posted, how did this get approved?
Tainted Gene  +   951d ago
...because u touch yourself at night.
MysticStrummer  +   951d ago
Just going by the limited info I've seen on the new UI, I will miss the XMB. I don't understand why having a big mess on the screen is preferable the the XMB's simple clean look.
torchic  +   951d ago
I love the look of the new UI, I don't think it's a "big mess" it is better looking than XMB but I highly doubt it's anywhere near as convienient as XMB.

XMB was great because it worked.
NoSuchUserName  +   951d ago
I kinda agree. After a short while using a new interface, I want something clean and responsive. Also, I don't want to see news etc that I'm not interested in.
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Omni-Tool  +   951d ago
There is more room to throw ads at our eyes.
doogiebear  +   951d ago
I won't. On with the new.
Orionsangel  +   951d ago
It's about time. Since N/A PS2 days I feel like this shit hasn't changed. Sony definitely needed something new.
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TAURUS-555  +   951d ago
bye bye XMB.

UI sounds kind of alien.
negative  +   951d ago
Sure looks a lot like what MS has already done on Xbox.
UnholyLight  +   951d ago
Only cool thing about the XMB was how you could customize it how you wanted . my friend turned all of the labels to the Rammstein R+ logo which is just sick
ftwrthtx  +   951d ago
But will the PS3 get the new XMB?
doctorstrange  +   951d ago
Kaizin514  +   951d ago
Not likely with how much more RAM the OS is going to have dedicated to it.
mushroomwig  +   951d ago
The XMB is as updated as it's ever going to get. It's come a long way since it's initial release back in 2006 but there is no need to change it any further.
RioKing  +   951d ago
squarecircle  +   951d ago
Actually the XMB was first seen in the PSX back in 2003.
TrendyGamers  +   951d ago
Good bye!
Foolsjoker  +   951d ago
Maybe someone should say some kind words first?
HammadTheBeast  +   951d ago
TrendyGamers  +   951d ago
We will miss you.
ColeMacGrath  +   951d ago
People saying we'll miss you like its already gone? Still, 8 months remaining to stay with XMB..
alexcosborn  +   951d ago
So long!
Nice try!
doctorstrange  +   951d ago
Exclamation marks!
wenaldy  +   951d ago
What she said.
SolidGear3  +   951d ago
What she said ^_^
Darn you ppl messed it up!!!!

The lyrics are "Goodbye, So long, Nice try, I'm gone"

SR71 - Goodbye
MRMagoo123  +   951d ago
who ever that is ??
YourSavior  +   951d ago
I like the new UI, so I won't miss the XMB.
Wedge19  +   951d ago
I have to reserve judgement until I see the full functionality of the new UI. I can't imagine that they would take a step backwards, so hopefully it will be intuitive and awesome and just look a hell of a lot prettier. I wonder what kinds of "Themes" and backgrounds and such we can download for it too, and how that will affect the way it looks and sounds. I love my MGS4 XMB theme.
doctorstrange  +   951d ago
As much as I love Sony, and I know that insulting them will mean less bubbles, a step backwards is not unprecedented - the New PS Store.

I have high hopes for this tho, as I want something new.
Kalowest  +   951d ago
The "New PS Store" is terrible, the new UI better not end up like that.
Studio-YaMi  +   951d ago
You're actually correct,the new PS store is terrible,sure it looks "fresh" and beautiful to look at but when you see how slow it functions,the old PS store whips it's a** HARD !
HiddenMission  +   951d ago
The new store is not terrible just slow wont be a problem on PS4 thank you more powerful hardware
LE  +   951d ago
I like the new look, I just hope that you'll be able to change the background pic.
PR_FROM_OHIO  +   951d ago
Going to miss you buddy!!!
NastyLeftHook0  +   951d ago
xmb was fast, very speedy.
CaptainYesterday  +   951d ago
Hopefully PS4 will have some nice themes like The Walking Dead one I have on PS3 :)
ziggurcat  +   951d ago
as long as it's fast, and easy to navigate, i don't care.
Indo  +   951d ago
Just keep the simplicity from the XMB. But i like, based from the screenshots, the look of the PS4 UI so far.
DigitalRaptor  +   951d ago
I like the XMB and will miss it, but I also like the new UI.

So in my opinion, it's onward and upward. As long as it's not too cluttered, then I'm game for it.
chadwarden  +   951d ago
I hope a Kaz theme with premium Kaz wallpaper comes pre-installed at launch.
TheFallenAngel  +   951d ago
Lol I remember chad
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kevnb  +   951d ago
I will miss the xmb, flashy uis are annoying when I just want to launch a game or Netflix.
ElementX  +   951d ago
Then memorize the exact button presses to open a game or Netflix and close your eyes so you don't have to look at it.
LE  +   951d ago
ANIALATOR136  +   951d ago
It would be good if news, trailers and episodes of access TV are integrated into the new UI and updated every week or so
2pacalypsenow  +   951d ago
The xmb and the Xbox blades were and are great dashboards and I will miss the xmb and already miss the blades , but I'm ready for a new one
Jek_Porkins  +   951d ago
I think the fact that the XMB pretty much looked the same since the PSP launched in 2005, it was beyond time for a change. I like the new look, obviously having the memory to offer something a bit more complex is paying off.
TotalHitman  +   951d ago
I like the XMB. IMO it's easy to use and it's adaptable for themes.
black911  +   951d ago
I love the XMB. Just in-game could be improved.
Sarobi  +   951d ago
Thank you, XMB, for being the most user-friendly UI out there in the seventh generation.
StreetsofRage  +   951d ago
About time. Talk about a dull boring interface.
soniqstylz  +   951d ago
Oh hai Windows8.
Eyesoftheraven  +   951d ago
As long as it's fast, intuitive and visually appealing, I don't care what they do with XMB.
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Rageanitus  +   951d ago
As long as its not overloaded with clutter and ads like the Xbox interface. Im good!

Its funny how the xbox crowd complained about how complex the xmb was....

I guess they got confused when they saw the settings column and cannot read properly ;)
Plagasx  +   951d ago
Good riddance.
SpinalRemains138  +   951d ago
I love xmb.

Its simple, easy on the eyes and no gimmicks. I love it.

I am not a social network person. I do not care for the new PSN store either so I will have to acclimate to the new style. Im sure I will get used to it, but I definitely prefer the simple metro like xmb. Black and white, icons, select, done.
YourSavior  +   951d ago
The only thing I about the XMB, was the ability to download custom themes. Other than that, I can't wait to try out this new UI.
nigelp520  +   951d ago
I hope sony allows us to customize this like the xmb
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