PlayStation 5’s instant access system is called “PlayStation Activities”

A while back PlayStation 5 architect Mark Cerny revealed the console would include a feature that allowed you instant access to certain parts of a game and it seems that WCR 9 director Alan Jarniou and product manager Sébastien Waxin have let the cat out of the bag.

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Hakuoro288d ago

Very cool, creative new ideas for next gen.

PlayStation isn't just an upgraded last gen console like their rivals, it has new ideas and new tech to provide new experiences and as we see here new ways to access those experiences.

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lazyboyblue288d ago

Almost like Sony knew the next gen wouldn't be a massive leap graphically and chose to innovate in other areas like sound, speed, control and features?

Hakuoro288d ago

I don't feel like the two are related.

I mean, the PS4 didn't launch with Share Play or Communities and even though the power didn't change they added those features to help make the community and experience better.

bouzebbal288d ago

What would gaming be without PlayStation.. Day one 👍🏽

neomahi287d ago

And I have zero problems or issues with this. Sony took the PS3 or Nintendo route opting for innovation heralding back to how Ken Kutaragi would've done business, though true he wanted power as well, that's not as practical today at the kind of budget gamers want, so you have to find other ways. Microsoft, however, is so stuck on The World's Most Powerful console, they've since changed the wording on now to "Xbox's Most Powerful Console" because Microsoft doesn't know how to innovate, they only know how to observe and then duplicate and have been doing it for years, I called it the Steve Ballmer Philosophy, that started when Microsoft wanted to compete with Netscape and Ballmer told his team to figure out how Netscape did it, copy it, and it became Internet Explore, what a generic name, right? But Microsoft still thinks like that today, they're copying Samsung's foldable phone, they copied Apples Tablet, and Phil Spencer and Executive Fanboy Aaron Greenberg observe and copy Sony, except Sony presents and produces much, much, much better.

fr0sty287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

A lot of people said that about the leap from PS3 to PS4 when PS4 launched, yet here we are today being visually blown away by the likes of Ghost of Tsushima, TLOU2, etc... all on hardware that many complained about being "mid range" when it launched.

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battlegrog288d ago

Yeah its going to be nice. SX already showed this function in action months ago. Maybe it will come to pc some how

Hakuoro288d ago


Please provide a link to this so called feature on xbox.

StoneyYoshi288d ago

PS5 activies feature description in the article:

"Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player you just jump right into whatever you like."

XSX quick resume description:

"The demo uses Xbox One games, and it has a person quickly hopping between each application. After a very short loading screen, the game picks up right where it left off previously."

It's NOT the same feature....

DJStotty287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

Think he is referring to this Hakouro

And also, xbox promotes things you can do on the dashboard now, like closest achievements, game events, club events, etc.

Chances are series X will have something similar, under a different name.


"Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI."

Xbox does this already now.

sprinterboy287d ago

That was game suspend/resume and having multiple games in background, totally different to what activities is.
BTW ps4 has had suspend/resume since launch

fathertime4464287d ago

You can put what ever game you want right on a group on the home screen on x1 right now. X1 also tells you how many people are on what games under the activities tab right now.
It's the same shit in a different way to what xbox is already doing. Might be the same, maybe different, could be better, could be worse. Theres no reason to be a Deutsch just because you don't know something. Maybe you should follow remember the357 advice and use google. Maybe educate yourself on what the other systems have or will have instead of just assuming that you know everything. I may prefer xbox, but I know a lot about the playstation. You should get more educated on the subject matter instead of just being a blind fanboy

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Zeref287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

lol Xbox has plenty of nextgen features that they already showed.

Quick Resume for instance. Having a game in the background while playing other games and being able to hop right back where you left off.

I'm sure there's more at the august event as well for both Sony and Xbox. Sony isn't the only one trying to innovate. Don't be ridiculous.

StoneyYoshi287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

What other UI features have they shown off? I only know about quick resume.

We aren't talking about system architecture either. We are talking about features working within the systems UI.

Zeref287d ago

We haven't seen the full UI/UX yet.
Same thing with Sony.

DJStotty286d ago

"PlayStation isn't just an upgraded last gen console like their rivals"

Lol, are they not a similar spec? So how can one be an upgraded console and another next-gen?

Please elaborate.

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crazyCoconuts288d ago

They've have had "Events" for a while that some games make use of. I guess that is more of a scheduled and static event on a calendar though.

Hakuoro288d ago (Edited 288d ago )

I guess in some ways it's sort of an extension of some of those features.

On the dashboard instead of starting a game and going to a menu and selecting a game mode you'll be able to join a multiplayer match directly from the dashboard or with single player games it might suggest a dungeon you could go to to get an item.

crazyCoconuts288d ago

I think those kinds of things have been integrated well with PS4. I also like how you can join your friend's games right from their online status. My biggest issue has been how long it takes by the time the game loads and connects to online services before you're actually in the game. Looking forward to that loading time going down.
Back in the PS3 days the system functionality was way behind Xbox360 so I only played MP on the PS3 when I had to. Xbox was 1st with all the great features and the PS3 dash was like stuck in mediocrity. So weird to see the tables have turned so dramatically. Even little things like I play cross play COD with a friend that has X1X and when he goes to his dash, Game Chat cuts out completely while PS keeps it going. And he seems to have to reboot his console a lot.

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Hakuoro288d ago

Yea, that's pretty neat, I have friends who stream from their console and I have joined the stream directly through the friends list. And while I haven't done it I have seen people using share play as well to let friends play the games off their console.

PS4 itself has really great ways to share gaming and interact with your friends online. I'm looking forward to seeing more about how they up the game for PS5.

sampsonon288d ago (Edited 288d ago )

Is it me or is the ps5 design looking better and better every time you see it?

crazyCoconuts288d ago

It's looked great from the start to me.

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Elda288d ago

Always thought it was stylish from the moment I first saw it.

CoNn3rB288d ago

I wasn't sold on it at first but it's grown on me

Zulu288d ago

It looks like my router. Like literally. The ps5 games looks awesome but personally the look of the hardware itself has taken a step back compared to PS4!

Not that it matters, it’s going under my TV and barely ever seen.

Downvotes incoming........

Loktai288d ago

It certainly is different but at this point you can't make a machine that doesn't look like something else . The ps2 looked like some Atari shit the ps3 was lambasted as being a George Forman grill the Xbox one og is a vcr the new ones are formless simple boxes that Look like Chinese clone consoles the ps4 and ps4 pro are just stacked slices but yeah it's different... a step back ? I wouldn't say that. It doesn't look like a router to me ... but it does somehow remind me of a pistachio partly open for some reason.

Zulu288d ago

Yes most, if not all designs have some form of inspiration from other products. It’s fine that you and other people like it, I personally think that it’s an ugly machine. It’s the first time I’ve ever thought the fan made concept models looked a lot better!

Sayai jin288d ago

Not for me. Although, ai couks care less how it looks, I will still get it.

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S2Killinit288d ago

They completely revamped the xmb. Its going to be interesting to see it in action.

crazyCoconuts288d ago

Has that been shared anywhere? I heard they are keeping it mostly the same.

majiebeast288d ago

No its a complete revamp ms is the one that will mostly have the same UI. Sony wants you to know this is a new generation so they went with a completely new UI with a lot of new features.

S2Killinit288d ago (Edited 288d ago )

Where did you hear that? The only thing they mentioned was that “every pixel on the main screen will be new.” Im pretty sure the xmb will be there but in some new shape/form?

majiebeast288d ago

Just some stuff i heard from people i know. Sony wants you to know why generations are a good thing it starts with the games but its not the entire picture.

Hakuoro288d ago (Edited 288d ago )

I missed that article thanks for sharing.

This one line says more than anything to me. "more subtle than flashy”. The thing I like most about the PS4 UI has been how clean and easy to navigate it is.

SpadeX287d ago

It's even written on the article here, bet you didn't read it, did you?

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Father__Merrin288d ago

So you can have mutipl tiles each signaling a different game or game mode and you can be there instantly? Now this is impossible on pc

battlegrog288d ago

SX already showed this exact function in action. I think it could be done on new pcs with ssd but the game stores would probably have to add the function

StoneyYoshi288d ago (Edited 288d ago )

Not exactly the same thing they are describing here

On Xbox they had only shown quick resume between multiple games paused in the background.

This PS5 feature is touting the fact you could see an event link in the system menu for a challenge or maybe a multiplayer match. You would select it and load right to that point rather than launching to the main menu and then going to said challenge or multiplayer match. Basically the same feature Stadia was talking about but has failed to implement so far.

StoneyYoshi288d ago (Edited 288d ago )

Double post

sprinterboy287d ago

Activities is not what MS showed, that was suspend/resume of multiple games ffs.
Are people that dumb?

nowitzki2004287d ago

Look at you always thinking about PC. Thanks for being a fan.

SirBruce287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

It is possible on a low end PC with small apps.
It is possible on PC with games and hungry apps when you have enought RAM, CPU and a really fast NVME (preferably with a dedicated controller and paralell units like ASUS HYPER M.2 X16 GEN 4).
PC will be more expensive for the same gaming efficiency and results for a couple of years. Until every laptop and low end desktop comes with a hardware NVME PCIe 4 controller and at least 16GB RAM, I supose. But, for gaming, a console will be cheaper than PC for entry level play with on demand services like PS+, PS Live or GP.