For the first time in 26 years, the X will serve as a confirmation button on a Sony console in Japan – the PlayStation 5. Until then, circle was the confirmation button there.
The information was revealed in a series of previews of the console that have already been published in Japan. However, X has always been the standard confirmation button for Western players, as you probably already know.
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.https://t.co/Heo7XaWjsk
— Kenji Iguchi (@needle_e) October 4, 2020
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Kenji Iguchi, a Twitter user, published a thread explaining that overcoming muscle memory can prove to be a problem for many Japanese players. He says that in Japan, the symbol of a circle is traditionally associated with the idea of ”correct”.
A Famitsu article clarified that Japanese games should continue to use the circle as a confirmation button – the same is true in the West, in some cases, like Final Fantasy XII. It also seems likely that players will be able to change this manually on the console, but there is no confirmation.
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