I have mixed feelings about the Photon UI; I both despise and revile it.
Jokes aside, I will admit it’s kinda pretty, but I have some serious gripes about it. As long as these exist, I won’t ever switch to Photon willingly.
First of all, PLEASE bring back the ability to see values in the transparency sliders. This is one of my biggest pet peeves ever in most games. I like being able to use exact numbers I can replicate across multiple clients easily. Normally this would be a relatively minor thing, but I bumped it up to first because YOU TOOK IT OUT OF THE OLD UI TOO. It’s really annoying that unwanted “features” from the new UI are seeping into the old one. Please just allow us to set a value in a text box, or at least put the number over the slider as I drag it so I can see the value. The current sliders are pretty damn useless to me. (EDIT: This goes for all the sliders really. I just noticed I can no longer how long the tooltip delays are. C’mon really? How am I supposed to just arbitraraly know what spot on the slider is 2 seconds? Absolutely terrible design.)
Photon is terribly optimized and this is my main problem with it. When using it, EVE goes from being one of the smoothest games on my PC to the absolute worst. I know it’s not a hardware issue because I’ve played games like Cyberpunk and Halo: Infinite without the graphics issue that many people on older systems were experiencing with those games. While using Photon, every session change is a laggy slideshow of half loaded models. Even just ship spinning or panning in an empty deadspace pocket doesn’t look smooth any more.
As a combat orientated player, especially one focused on PvP, this is entirely unacceptable. It’s the single greatest hurdle to me adopting the new UI. There’s no reason I should be experiencing frame drops and stutters in a two decade old game when I can run any brand new game at 60 or 144hz without those same issues.
There is way too much wasted space. I already run the UI on 90% to save on space. Photon has massive swaths of just empty color in title bars and stuff. Why? Who could’ve possibly thought that was a good idea? With so much information necessary to play the game (especially from a PvP standpoint) I need more compact windows I can fit more easily together, not bloated ones which are going to block out other information I need to see.
Limited color customization options are annoying. I use the Nebula setting on my main, and have each other character set to a different color scheme so I can keep them separate in my mind. I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt and assume the limited choices are due to it still being in beta. What I find more annoying is that even color schemes that used to look very different in the old UI, look way too similar in the new UI, and it makes it harder to keep track of which character client I’m looking at.
Also, I don’t know if this is Photon specific, or a separate issue, but the visual indicators for statistics on the new map are absolutely terrible and virtually useless. They were pretty much perfect in the old map, and I find it really annoying I can’t still toggle the old map on to quickly to see where NPCs are being killed or people a getting podded. Fix them please.