It has been fully expected for a while now that the next generation of video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft would be arriving around holiday 2020, and Sony just announced that their next console—while also confirming it is called the “PlayStation 5”—will be launched holiday 2020. In a statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment President & CEO Jim Ryan, more information was shared about the console, focusing on the controller; in part:
To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.
The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.
WIRED also released an exclusive story giving a deeper look at the PlayStation 5, and it is well worth reading if you want to learn more about the controller (likely called the DualShock 5) and the next video game console from Sony. From the sound of it, the controller is going to be very impressive and is likely to be one of the key selling points for the console.
Other key features include a solid-state drive (SSD), which leads to much faster loading times, and a built-in ultra-high definition Blu-ray player (an overdue feature considering the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, released in 2016 and 2017 respectively, have had the feature for a few years).
There’ll be a lot more exciting news from both Sony and Microsoft in the next year-plus leading up to the release of the next-gen consoles.
The PlayStation 5 releases holiday 2020.