PlayStation 5 Release Date Set For the 2020 Holiday Season
Next-generation Sony PlayStation will include controllers with haptic technology and adaptive triggers.
It’s now official. The next PlayStation console will officially be known as PlayStation 5 or PS5, a name many fans and tech enthusiasts have been using colloquially to refer to the next-generation PlayStation.
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) CEO Jim Ryan also revealed an important detail about the upcoming PS5. It will arrive around Christmas time in 2020; the date could be somewhere between late October and early December 2020 and the launch will be global. Microsoft’s next Xbox is also expected to arrive about the same time.
The new console will come with some goodies including a new controller that will be based on an enhanced vibration technology. The vibration technology will give the new console more sophisticated haptic feedback technology that will enable a broader range of feedback. The console will also support the first-generation PlayStation VR virtual reality headsets.
The game console will include a solid-state drive (SSD) that will allow for the games to boot much faster while also minimizing the loading times.
The console’s graphics are also getting a major upgrade so expect the PS4 VR games to have much better and clearer graphics with the PS5, benefiting from its high resolution and the faster refresh rates.
Additionally, Sony now provides various exclusive virtual reality games even though the virtual reality headsets may no longer be up to date. The new PS5 updates appear to offer same upgrades as Microsoft’s Xbox console.
Sony is also talking about a new technology known as “adaptive triggers” in the console. This will be in the primary R2/L2 triggers on the PS5 controller. According to Sony, this technology will enable developers to program the resistance of the triggers to enhance the realistic effect. For example, players will be able to “feel” the increased tension as they are drawing back a bow in a combat game. The technology will also force users to push down with extra pressure when they are driving through rough terrains. The adaptive triggers technology sounds quite similar to a Microsoft patent field earlier this year which described a trigger system for its Xbox controller with almost the same working mechanism. It is not yet clear whether Microsoft will incorporate this in its next-generation Project Scarlett hardware.
According to Wired, which got a peek at the prototype PS5’s controller, it looks like PS4’s DualShock 4. However, it is not clear whether Sony will stick to its naming conventions so far and call it DualShock 5. Wired has also stated that the PS5 controller will transition to USB-C and also incorporate other refinements such as improved speakers and a larger battery.
SIE CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that the upcoming console hardware will have ray-tracing acceleration built in the GPU hardware. At least we now have a conformation of ray-tracing acceleration hardware and don’t have to worry that Sony might use some software shortcuts to manage it.
In an interview with Wired, Sony also confirmed that PS5 will utilize standard 100GB Blu-ray discs. Previously, Sony had stated that the console would provide a disc drive. However, all games will this time be installed to the internal SSD.
The use of a super-fast internal SSD will be one of the biggest updates to the game console and according to Sony, the installation requirement will be a factor of the difference in speed between the optical drive and the internal solid-state drive (SSD). Sony is also promising that the SSD’s improvements in how it reads data will result in space savings which would help lower the barrier for mandatory installation requirements. Sony is going to allow developers to break down the installations of games. For example, it will be possible for them to install multiplayer components or simply the single-player campaign on the PlayStation 5.
The new PS5 will also have a totally revamped user interface which will be displaying more detailed social features on the home screen. Sony is promising that players will be able to not only see but also launch directly into specific aspects of a game such as a single-player level or a multiplayer match direct from the home screen without having to first launch the game and then navigate your way in.
However, there is still a lot that we don’t know about the upcoming PS5 such as the size of storage that Sony will be providing, the kind of virtual reality options that will be available or what the actual PS5 will look like and what it will cost. With the release date set to the 2020 holiday season, there is still sufficient time for a lot more information to stream in and fill in the missing pieces. In the coming year, there will also be lots of gaming-centric shows in which Sony will be spilling a lot more detail about its much-anticipated next-generation gaming console.