PS4 UI demo, console unboxed

Sony has released an official unboxing video for the Playstation 4, starring Sony Worldwide Entertainment Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.

The unboxing video is the first officially-official one, following a number of videos done by third-party media outlets and Youtube personalities. In the video, Yoshida unboxes the PS4 while wearing a pair of brown gloves. He’s standing in front of a video room control panel, almost like a conductor for an orchestra.

No surprises were in the video – there’s the console with a 500GB hard drive installed, a Dualshock 4 controller, a bundled HDMI cable, a USB charging cable, a mono headset with microphone and in-line audio controls, a 14-day PSN voucher and a brief user guide.

In related news, Sony was demoing the Playstation 4’s UI in Hong Kong at a special event for the console. A crowd of onlookers gathered to watch the host move around the UI. While some elements of the Playstation 3’s XMB are still retained, it bears a distinctly different design overall.

Sony did not demo voice commands with the bundled microphone, nor did they show any UI navigation using the Playstation Eye. However the demo is still pretty thorough, going through how user profiles are handled, how you sign into different services and how games are accessed on the console.

The PS4’s browser was only briefly shown, but it’s built on Webkit and loads reasonably quickly. Switching between apps, games and the browser was very quick and smooth. Sony also showed off how the PS4 can interact with the Vita and an Android phone running the Playstation app.

More Playstation 4 news:

PS4 missing features and platform restrictions

PS4 is better than Xbox One, says Sony

Dualshock 4 controllers work on PS3

PS4 price in SA: it could be worse

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