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Supposed PlayStation 5 user interface details leaked by disgruntled game developer and fan offers up smooth UI concept integrating official PS5 boot screen

Fan-made PS5 UI concept screen with message alerts. (Image source: YouTube/Paulo Manso Animation)
Fan-made PS5 UI concept screen with message alerts. (Image source: YouTube/Paulo Manso Animation)
Purported details of the PS5 UI have been leaked by a seemingly disgruntled game developer who claimed to have been working on the latest Call of Duty title. In the meantime, a fan has utilized the official PlayStation 5 boot screen to come up with a fresh-looking UI concept for the next-gen console.

An alleged leak of the PlayStation 5 user interface details has appeared on Reddit, although it was soon removed by forum moderators for featuring “prohibited content” (full leak in screenshot below). The post was apparently made by an artist who had been working with Activision on the latest Call of Duty game and had become disillusioned by the business practices of the developer. According to the OP, the PS5 UI will be very similar to that of the PS4, but with the game/app panel now shifted to the bottom of the display. Users will be able to use a “peek on hover” function to browse through their software selection and see details such as which friends are playing certain titles, special events, etc.

There is also apparently an extensive theme system, to the extent that it even allows sounds to be played through the DualSense controller, causing it to rumble and light up. The leaker states that Sony has delivered multiple designs of the PS5 UI (“up to 5 designs”) to developers so that no-one can be really sure which one is the genuine article. The “news” tab is hidden for this version and there are tabs for PSPlus, PSNow, Alerts (notifications replacement), Friends, Party, Forum, Profile, Settings, Power Off, and a couple of mysterious functions that have been kept a secret for the time being. It appears the unhappy artist was working on a game-related theme for the PS5 UI, which is why they supposedly had access to the still unrevealed interface.

For those wondering what the completed PS5 UI may look like, there have been many fan-made concepts already uploaded to video-sharing sites like YouTube. One of the newest examples incorporates the already officially revealed PlayStation 5 boot screen and then takes the viewer a step further after the “PS button” has been pressed to access the UI. First up there is a user selection screen, and after that comes the main interface with games and apps scrolling smoothly across the bottom of the display. Message alerts are delivered in the top left corner and there are trophy statistics and friend details in the top right corner. The concept, created by graphic designer Paulo Manso, has been praised for its clean and simple design.

Disclaimer August 20: There have been some reports and comments suggesting that this article states that the unnamed artist who allegedly leaked the PS5 UI is also Paulo Manso, who created the terrific concept UI. There is no such claim made here, as clearly the story refers to two separate PS5 UI-related topics.

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Alleged PS5 UI leak. (Image source: Reddit via NeoGAF/Oddspeak)
Alleged PS5 UI leak. (Image source: Reddit via NeoGAF/Oddspeak)
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-08-19 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.