While it was never in doubt, Sony’s next generation will officially be called the PlayStation 5. Not only that, but the Japanese firm has now confirmed that we can expect this new console in “Holiday 2020” season, which means either in November or December 2020.
According to the official announcement from Sony, the PS5 controller will also see some changes. The most important of these changes will be the replacement of the rumble technology, something PS owners would have been fond of since the first console, in favour of a new haptic feedback system that will be capable of a “broader range of feedback.”
Sony is also talking about “adaptive triggers” for the new controller, which will go in the primary R2/L2 triggers. Sony has designed it so that developers will be able to “program the resistance of the triggers,” giving the example that you’ll be able to “feel” the increased tension as you draw back a bow or force you to push down with extra pressure if you’re driving through rough terrain.
In an interview with Wired, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan and PS5 system architect Mark Cerny gave some additional details about the upcoming hardware. According to Cerny, “there is ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware.” This gives some perspective, as many thought it would be handled with software and not within the hardware itself, so this is a good realisation.
The PlayStation 5 will still make use of 100GB Blu-ray discs, but all games will be installed on the SSD to be played. That super-fast SSD is still the biggest update that Sony is showing off, and it says that the installation requirement is due to the speed difference between the optical drive and the internal solid-state one.
Sony have also promised a completely new user interface that will show off far more detailed social features right on the home screen.
There is still a lot we don’t know, of course, but will be keeping our ears to the ground. This coming year may very well be a breaking point between hardware consoles and cloud gaming, which will be fascinating to watch.