PlayStation 5 UI revolutionizes Xbox One's old Snap Mode feature

The PS5 revolutionizes an old scrapped feature on the Xbox One, improving Snap Mode with in-game picture-in-picture content.

Published Thu, Oct 15 2020 3:32 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Nov 2 2020 10:54 PM CST

The newly revealed PS5 UI has familiar features found in the Xbox One's old scrapped Snap Mode, including picture-in-picture playback.

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The PS5's user interface is filled with all kinds of nifty new tricks. Each game now has an in-depth hub with an Activities section that's integrated with new features like challenges that track your in-game progress. The section lets gamers track their trophy progress in real-time, check out customized challenges that rotate on a timed basis, check out screenshots and shared videos, and get announcements and updates right from the developers.

One of the biggest advancements is how communication and interaction works on the PS5. The console lets you join up with friends and watch their shared streams as you play, complete with a picture-in-picture overlay similar to the Xbox One's Snap Mode. The UI is segmented into "cards" that can be pinned to your screen. Cards include the real-time Game Help section, a new feature that gives you tips on a game as you play, and new party chat systems.

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For instance, you can watch your friend's game stream as you chat with him in a party, all while playing your game. The stream is pinned to the screen as a small square that can be moved.

Sadly there was no showcase of the supposed game demo sharing feature that was outlined in multiple PS5 patents. The create button seems to just be for taking screenshots and video and not for creating, editing, and sharing playable gameplay clips on the PlayStation Network.

Sony says it will share more info on the PS5's UI in the coming weeks, but for now we actually have a confirmed baseline look at what to expect when it ships on November 12.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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