Don’t get me wrong: I love my PS4. But good God, that console has some antiquated design. And that’s most evident in the way the menus are constructed. The Share screen pulls you out of gameplay. Transitions are slow. And finding your favourite games is a pain.
Some of those quirks are finally being fixed.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog this morning, Sony outlined some of the upcoming changes in the 4.00 update for the PS4. It’s a visual overhaul of the main UI, with some general refinement, new icons, new backgrounds and a general revised look.
But one of the biggest updates is the overhaul of the PS and Share menus. Rather than being a delayed transition to a full-screen window, the menus now appear as a side tab on the left-hand side of the screen. It’s great for the Share menu, since you can immediately see with much greater clarity the screenshot you’re about to capture.
Even if that wasn’t the case, however, just getting rid of the full-screen transition is a much needed step. Perhaps even more crucial in our age of social media is the change to Twitter videos: you’ll be upload clips up to 140 seconds long, instead of the current limit of 10 seconds.
Sony’s changing the way folders and the Library tab works too, although that’s less of a priority for most people. There’s an option that will let you see the content of hidden trophies too, which I’m sure won’t result in any spoilers down the path at any stage.
Version 4.00 of the PS4 update is launching sometime in September, but the beta will go live as of tomorrow.