New PlayStation 4 UI details surface

Trophies now have rarity levels, Sony confirms.

New details on the PlayStation 4 user interface have come out today’s review event in New York City.

Find the round-up below.

General

  • PlayStation 4 UI is “super-slick and quick.”
  • PlayStation Eye can log you into your PlayStation 4 like Kinect can your Xbox One, but you have to be holding the DualShock 4 in specific spots.
  • Double-tapping the PlayStation button lets you quickly swap between your last two applications.
  • When you sign in as a guest, all of your data will be automatically deleted when you sign out of a system. No more creating a profile and having to delete it afterward.
  • PlayStation 4 can upload and download while in standby mode.
  • You can charge your controllers via USB even when the system’s power is off.
  • While you can use the d-pad to scroll over letters while typing on the on-screen keyboard, you can also use the DualShock 4’s motion sensor to move a target over the on-screen keyboard. Sony is also working on touchpad typing.

Friends

  • You have to send someone a “Name Request” to see their real name on PlayStation Network. There is no “Accept All Name Requests” function, but Sony “made it sound like that was coming in the future.”
  • You can turn off updates from individual friends.
  • You can send 15-second voice messages and attach screenshots. Voice messages can also be listened to on the smartphone PlayStation App.

Sharing

  • You can broadcast gameplay for as long as you like.
  • You can choose with whom you want to share videos and screenshots with. For example, if you have a group of friends that play Killzone: Shadow Fall, you can share your Killzone media with only them.
  • The system features an integrated Twitch browser, which showcases live, ongoing streams and enableds players to search for specific users. Favorites and channel shortcuts are not supported at launch, but may be added in the future.

Trophies

  • Trophies now have rarity. You’ll be able to see how many other PlayStation Network users have earned specific trophies. Rarity levels include common, rare, very rare, and ultra rare. The Catherine trophy “The Golden Child,” for example, would be an ultra rare trophy.

PlayStation Store

  • The PlayStation Store is native to the PlayStation 4.
  • The store is “significantly faster” than the currentl PlayStation 3 store.
  • Movies no longer have to be downloaded from the PlayStation Store. You can stream all films straight from the store.

Thanks, Destructoid, Community Voices, Kotaku, and IGN.

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