Now we come to the Interfaces the screen that you look at when you start up your console.
We'll start with the Xbox One, The Start screen or Interface has seen many changes throughout the past few years. That could be a good thing or a bad thing depending how you look at it. Me personally I enjoyed the Original Design with the Big Boxes. Let's call this one Version 1.0
This design was great, Everything I needed was right there at a glance The game was front and center and this design actually made snap easier to work with. Once the snapped window was out everything auto sized to perfection. Though Microsoft thought this design was too cluttered and that people wanted a more streamlined look to their interface. Enter Interface 2.0
Ok this design was a improvement the main game was still front and center and the focus of the design everything else flowed along with it oh and advertisements wasn't a thing in this version. It was clean user friendly and this was my new favorite. *sigh* Then more updates started rolling in. Aparently Xbox UI designers wasn't satisified with this design and wanted more information to be put on screen. I was getting greatly annoyed, Eventually version 2.5 came out.
I really didn't like this design and this is where the User Interface for Xbox Started to decline. The game is in the center but not in the way that i liked. the icon was small and it cluttered the screen with information i didn't care about. Clubs, Game Hubs and Advertisements Plauged this design for the worse OH! and my custom wallpaper didn't even work fully, it gets cut off half way down by a gray background...but if you think it couldn't get any worse I present to you the current UI Version 3.0
UGH!! What can I tell you about this crap of a design, Microsoft really stooped really low on this one. I mean first of all in this current design Advertisements are EVERYWHERE!! I hate Advertisements you are only graced 3 of your personal icons on screen at once. Absolutely everything about this design is not good at all. They made this for complete customizability using "Content Blocks" Which is Buried Below everything. You'd have to go out of your way to get there. Down Down to get to your Pins, Instead of in front on top where i can see it. I only care about my Games so i'd would like that to be front and center where I can see them.
Then you got the new Tab Flyouts which in reminiscent to the 360's disc style design. it's cleaner this time around but not needed if anything it clutters up the screen further and it distracts. They put so much emphasis on Clubs and LFG and Leaderboards now, look i don't care about any of that garbage I don't want to be in Forced Competition with my friends over who can get the most Achievements this month.
On a brighter note the new Avatars is supposed to be out this month, I'm excited for those but it's taking it's sweet time getting to the main release ring. I think it's funny that even though the avatars made it to the testing ring. no one is really making videos about it on youtube or maybe everyone's on a secret NDA and cannot discuss it.
On the Playstation side of things the User Interface pretty much stayed the same which is good it's confidant that the UI is good so it doesn't have to change and I agree. All your games are on the bar and they can be put into folders for easier access. You can add custom wallpapers to the PS4 UI and you can use themes, some are animated and some are static, Not only does it add a wallpaper to the Background but the sounds, music and notification sounds also change.
Every Category and game has a sub menu pressing down on the icon will give you more information about the game. Now the one thing i like here is that Information is buried down below not in your face right off the bat like Xbox does. but that doesn't mean the Playstation UI is without it's faults, though it's good it's not perfect.
For one, you cannot change your Username once you've created it. but it's not much of a problem long term if you're a new user and you've really thought of a good name that will last forever. then there's no need to change, nor why would you want to?
Playstation doesn't have Avatars like the Xbox does, sure at one point they did with the inclusion with Playstation Home but that's long gone and now. People are compensating by posting up Anime images and real pictues of women with cleavage. Those profiles with the cleavage images have well over 1200 friends and mind you the Friend Limit is 2000.
The Playstation UI has a cool and colorful chat system and just like the xbox can be accessed via app from phone.
xbox goes a step further and has this feature on windows 10 pc's as well.
You can access Playstation Store in different Regions and buy games from there to use on a American account as long as that JP account in on your Playstation, my cousin she loves doing this specially for games with a much high mature rating in Japan. I'd have to admit I am intrigued for i too watch anime and alot of IP's are unavailable in america. to be able to play those games would be nice.
Overall the UI is solid. My cousin said that the UI hasn't really changed since she's gotten her PS4 and it's only improving while keeping it's core design. that sounds nice and reassuring, because sometimes you really dont want to change it up. "if it isn't broke, don't fix it".