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Play Life, Live Games column: Patent reveals possible UI for PlayStation 5

Dusty Ricketts
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A recent patent that Sony filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has given us a first look at what may end up being the user-interface system of the PlayStation 5 and how it could work.

The UI, discovered by gaming site TheGamePost on June 9, looks similar to the current interface used by the PlayStation 4, but with some improvements that gamers have been asking for.

Like the PlayStation 4, the UI in the patent uses a tile system to display the different types of media gamers can use on the system.

The PS4 interface is designed so that the most recent games you have either played or downloaded show up on your home screen, along with a folder for streaming apps like Netflix or Disney+, a folder for the game videos and screenshots the gamer has saved while playing, a web browser and music services.

The UI in the patent looks almost identical to that, only it has given games its own folder on the home screen rather than giving individual games their own space on the home screen.

The biggest improvement to the UI is the added information that will be available on each game’s tile. In the patent, each game will have options to see your stats in that game, get hints on the title or even see video clips on your most recent play sessions with the game.

Both Xbox One and Switch hardware are designed to track simple things like how long you have been playing a certain game and you can see that information at any time. Sony doesn’t have feature built-in the PS4 s hardware, but it looks like the PS5 will. I like knowing how long I’ve played different games and it will be nice if Sony makes this easier to track on their next console.

The good news is we might not have to wait that long to find out if this patent is true. In fact, we could know by the time this column even publishes.

PlayStation on June 11 hosted an online event called "The Future of Gaming" where they promised our first look at some PS5 games as well as some of the upcoming system’s new features. Be sure to check out next week’s column for a wrapup of everything PlayStation showed off and my thoughts on it.

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are both still expected to release this holiday season, although neither has a release date or price announced yet.

Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached ata dricketts@thedestinlog.com.