We had hoped that GamesCom would give us our first proper look at the PlayStation 4’s user interface in action, and the platform holder did not disappoint in that department. In order to kick start its press conference in Cologne, Sony Worldwide Studios executive Shuhei Yoshida took to the stage to give us a brief run through the console’s main menus – and update his Twitter account in the process.
Sitting in an armchair with his back to the audience, the likeable president demonstrated many of the system’s functions, from the live streaming area to the share button. At one point, the gaffer jumped into a match of Killzone: Shadow Fall, which took no more than six seconds tops. According to Guerrilla Games, this was all realtime.
It’s certainly impressive stuff, and seems to maintain the spirit of the XMB courtesy of a sub-menu that can be accessed at the top of the screen. Our only real concern pertains to the main game icons, which look like they could get crowded very quickly. Other than that, though, our thumbs are ready. What do you think of the user interface? Chirp your impressions in the comments section below.