We may very well catch a first sustained look at the PS5’s UI later on today.
The Game Awards creator and host-for-hire, Geoff Keighley, has announced a special world-first broadcast of The Summer Game Fest later on today. Keighley will share his impressions after a hands-on session with the PS5 and the DualSense controller.
The stream kicks off at 12 ET/9 am PT/8 pm BST and will also feature an interview with Eric Lempel, PlayStation’s worldwide marketing head.
We can expect a deep dive into what the DualSense has to offer, notably a look at the until-now-elusive back section of the controller and just what sets it apart from the current-gen Dual Shock 4. Keighley also says he’ll share his impressions on playing on the PS5 console as well.
Although not explicitly stated, we’ll likely see some captured footage of the PS5 in-action, more than likely the UI and possibly some gameplay to put the DualSense through its paces. We’d wager on a demo of Astro’s Playroom given its function as a proof of concept for the PS5’s new features and the DualSense controller.
In a teaser trailer posted on Facebook by Keighley, a monitor clearly displays a copyright notice reading ‘2020 Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc’ against a blue background peppered with particles. The particles hark back to the tantalizingly short glimpse at the PS5 boot-up sequence broadcast during the PS5 showcase in June. A slick, swirling burst of particles gave way to a pulsating PS5 icon before cutting to black in that short teaser.
Further adding weight to a UI reveal is the interview with Eric Lempel. In the lead up to the launch of the PS4 back in 2013, Lempel hosted a PS4 UI deep dive. It’s not unreasonable to expect the marketing head to do the very same this time around for the PS5, revealing the UI and fielding questions from Keighley during the broadcast.