New Details Revealed about Sony’s Upcoming PS4 Gaming Console

5 November 2013
Ben Logan

Author: Ben Logan

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Fresh details are filtering through about the much anticipated PlayStation 4 user interface, as well as about certain limitations it will present.

Due for release on 29 November in Europe, the next-generation console’s UI (version 1.5) has three divided levels – the top section contains functionality for Friends, Profile and Settings; the middle section features icons of various games and the last layer contains the Library and Store.

Overall, the user interface is said to be “light but fast” – players can leave and enter a game in an “instant”, while jumping between various areas is easily done through simple button presses.

Many users will however be disappointed by the fact that the new PS4 will not support video sharing on YouTube or copy the recorded gameplay to other devices. Instead, people will be able to share their videos through the DualShock 4 controller’s Share button to Facebook, Ustream or Twitch.

Additionally, there will no doubt be gripes about the revelation that the PS4 has limited media options. Unlike previous PlayStation consoles, the PS4 does not support audio CDs and mp3 tracks – if players want to use a selected list of music, they will need to use Sony’s Music Unlimited streaming service. The console will also not be able to support media servers or DLNA (which allows streaming of media from a PC).

Sony is stressing nevertheless that cross-play between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will be possible, if game developers choose to support the feature.

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