PlayStation 5 Activities feature allows a gamer to jump straight from the PS5 UI into instant gameplay
In October 2019 a Wired interview with the PS5’s lead system architect Mark Cerny revealed a very interesting function for the console that would no doubt delight millions of gamers who get frustrated by long loading times and having to wade through pointless numerous game menus. This is what Cerny had to say about the literally game-changing function:
Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them - and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player you just jump right into whatever you like.
Obviously having a super-fast SSD certainly points towards such increased accessibility; however, this feature seems to have been forgotten about over recent months while much of the focus has shifted to the PS5 console’s design, pre-order status, and price. A recent presentation by the team behind the racing game WRC 9 appears to have accidentally revealed the name of the function as “Activities” (see screenshot below). Basically, PlayStation 5 Activities allows the gamer to jump straight into particular game action directly from the PS5’s UI, so instantly into a crucial race or a brutal fight depending on the title.
This new information was initially reported by Game Reactor Spain, although the article has now been taken offline. “Activities” hasn’t been officially confirmed by PlayStation yet, but whatever name is given to the feature, it was already revealed by Cerny months ago and many just forgot about it. Understandably, the fact that PS5 owners will be able to jump into games immediately from the user interface also lends some credibility to the rumor that the revamped PlayStation store for the next-gen console will allow gamers to instantly test out demos of games they are interested in purchasing.