“Is it X or is it O?” The most common of quirk in the PlayStation consoles is how the confirm and back menu buttons are swapped depending on the region of the console or games you are playing. In Japan (and sometimes Asia), circle (“O”) on the right side of the four face buttons is confirm, whilst X (“cross” as PlayStation likes to refer it as) is back.
For the rest of the world, it’s the other way around.
However, this will be changing with the PS5, as even in its home country of Japan, it will now adopt X to confirm instead of circle.
This is reported by AV Watch, as one of the few media outlets in Japan that has gotten a hands-on preview of the next-gen console in action. The reason for this change is to unify the confirm button settings so its consistent with all countries.
This should put an end of the confusing nature and the muscle memory needed to switch between the two different control setups. In Asia, we were stuck in a limbo, where some games from certain publishers follow the Japanese layout of circle to confirm, while others remain stuck in X.
On a system level, thanks to an update, the PS4 in this region lets you switch confirm buttons, but games will remain hard-coded with that feature. Unless it’s games like Kingdoms Of Amalur: Re-Reckoning.
However, it comes at the cost of ignoring the cultural implication of why Japan uses the circle button to confirm in the first place. Over there, a red circle holds the same meaning as a blue tick in other parts of the world. It means correct or confirm.
Hopefully, this standardization should fix this issue that may seem small in the western world, but means a whole lot in Asia- where we always get stuck in limbo of figuring which button is it to confirm on a per-game basis. It’s not fun.
The PS5 is set to launch on November 12 in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Australia, and November 19 for the rest of the world.
Source: AV Watch