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The PS4′s Interface Could Have Been Similar to the PS3, but Sony Opted for the Challenging Route

This week, during a keynote at Develop Conference Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House explained what determined the choice of the current interface of the PS4, which was pitched against another option much more similar to the PS3′s Cross Media Bar.

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URNightmare718d ago (Edited 718d ago )

I gotta say, the XMB is simply awesome! Simple yet so perfectly fitting for everything. I prefer the PS3's XMB to anything else.

I'm hoping for a "Games" tile where you can see all your games just like there is for all tv apps where you find Netflix, Vidzone, etc. With the last game played being the first tile in the main menu just as it is now. Not sure if I made myself clear here =S

Abriael718d ago

I honestly prefer the PS4's, if any because the PS3 always had this small sensation of sluggyness coming with it... it just feels a bit laggy in a way.

URNightmare718d ago (Edited 718d ago )

Wouldn't the XMB be much quicker and overall better on PS4? I think it would, not sure about it though but seems logical.

They could add simple navigation options like the one I mentioned for games which would be just like it was on the XMB, that would be cool at least for games.

Abriael718d ago

Possibly, but we'll never know lol :D

OpenGL718d ago

The XMB was laggy on the PS3 due to the amount of memory / CPU resources dedicated to it while in-game. The PS4's in-game OS is way more resource intensive but a lot smoother because Sony dedicated something like 3GB of RAM and 2 CPU cores to it. The XMB running on the PS4 would be lightning fast.

EeJLP-718d ago (Edited 718d ago )

I feel disconnected from buddies on PS4; having to go through extra menu(s) instead of being right on the main line. Also how you can not see when they were last online on PS4.

I prefer PS3's XMB, along with the 3x3 keyboard option for much faster typing with the controller (PS3's triggers were definitely a factor in making typing faster this way also; much easier for quick taps, which also made it good for switching through weapon wheels like on R:FoM; not saying PS3's triggers are better than PS4's, just that it had its pros and cons).

They need to bring the 3x3 on-screen keyboard back (the one that looks like a telephone setup and works similar to old-school texting) and make fixes to the friends list.

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CervantesPR718d ago

Nah the PS4 OS is much better and efficient IMO but still needs some work.

liquidhalos717d ago

Yeah i prefer the PS4 OS too, it would however be much better with customisation options and a home page

Seraphim718d ago

I have to agree, XMB is great. My only 1 complaint still is that we never got an option to alphabetize downloaded titles. In terms of everything else, XMB trumps the new. Not to mention it was nice being able to change themes. Since the new layout likely isn't going anywhere I have to agree, hopefully something like the TV Apps for games or a Folder option to place games in by both grid and/or single list would be a nice start. I hate seeing that list of all the games n stuff at start up...

Kurisu718d ago

I like the XMB on PS3. I haven't had hands on time with the PS4 interface yet but from the videos I've seen it looks smooth.

liquidhalos717d ago

Yeah its butter smooth, you're going to love it when you get it.

Abzki718d ago

I prefer the XMB but I don't mind the ps4's interface either. Now if only they would add folders and themes...

Clown_Syndr0me718d ago

The PS3 interface is leagues ahead of the PS4.
Where the hell are the updates Sony? Surely it wouldnt be that difficult to implement folders? Customisation? Themes? Anything?!

I like my PS4 as much as the next person, but cant help but feel like they released it and then forgot about it. Unless youre a deluded Sony fanboy, anyone can admit the PS4 is far from perfect and missing alot of basic features even the PS3 has - sort it out Sony :) Its minor details, but together they make a big difference!

TKCMuzzer718d ago

People wanted next gen consoles and we got them. This will always come with slight downfalls. One of these is that Sony would have had to make a decision on what could have been ready for launch on the software side. So, they would have gone with the simplistic and most stable version of the OS for release.
I don't imagine it's as easy as you make out to add this and that, as everything would have to be tested every time an alteration is made to make sure it effects nothing else.
I'm sure we will get what we need in time but I don't want it rushed and effecting other parts of the system in doing so.

Clown_Syndr0me717d ago

7 months is more than enough time to implement simple features like folders.
Microsoft has managed to release monthly updates for all the stuff they failed to include at launch, successfully (for the most part).
Also Im always looking out for news about future updates, either Sony are very quiet or there isn't any news.
Im not sure how quickly or often PS3 updated as I only got one a couple of weeks ago.

sprinterboy718d ago

As long as a ui is not complicated to use I don't mind what they look like, enjoyed ps3 ui and enjoying ps4 ui, the ps4 ui will have updates over time I am sure.

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