PS5 Will Make 'X' The Default Select Button In Japan For The First Time In PlayStation History

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The PlayStation 5 will feature a "globally unified" control scheme when it launches next month.

This will make the 'X' button (or "Cross", if you so prefer) the default button for selecting items in a menu.


That's nothing new for many fans worldwide, but Japanese players will have some adjusting to do.

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In Japan, "Circle" has long been the affirmative button on Sony hardware.


That's because in Japanese culture, "X" is the symbol for "incorrect", meaning that's usually the one that takes you back to a previous screen.

Some franchises have continued this even outside of Japan, including Metal Gear Solid.

As reported by Famitsu, the PS5 will ensure a global control scheme that means "X" means accept.

Wow, this is big news for UI/UX. PlayStation 5 will use the X button to confirm by default for ALL REGIONS including Japan, who previously used O to confirm for the past 26 years. Muscle memory frustration for the nearly 10M PS users in Japan coming up.
— Kenji Iguchi (@needle_e)
October 4, 2020

With many PS4 games being playable on PS5, there's a good chance many Japanese players could be in for a frustrating few weeks until muscle memory sets in. 


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