Sony has officially revealed the next-gen PlayStation console will be named PlayStation 5 and that it will be released at the end of 2020 for the time of the Holidays.
President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan stated on PlayStation Blog, “The name of our next-gen machine is PlayStation 5 (PS5), and that the release is scheduled for the year-end sales season of 2020.”
It was also reported that Sony is going to be making improvements to the controller for the PS5. “One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion.”
There are two key changes with the new controller. The first is that they are using haptic feedback which will replace the “rumble” technology. Ryan goes on to say, “with haptics, you truly feel a wider range of feedback, so bumping into a wall in a race car feels much distinct than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense of a mixture of textures when running through fields of grass or walking through mud.”
The other thing that they are also fitting which is something Sony is calling 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.”
It’ll be amazing to see what it will be like playing the new PS5. I’m also interested to see what other sorts of new tech are going to be packed into it and what other features it’ll have!