PS5 Officially Releasing In 2020!
PlayStation has officially announced that the PS5 will release holiday 2020 (presumably the Christmas period) & will feature some drastic changes to hardware & the DualShock controller. In a blog post on PlayStation.Blog, Jim Ryan, CEO of SIE, announced the official name of their next console, the PlayStation 5. He also shared that the PS5 will release holiday 2020. This may not be a surprise to many PlayStation fans as it has been assumed for some time that the PS5 was to be release next year. Still, to receive official confirmation of this is very exciting.
Big Changes To The DualShock 5
Ryan also shared some details of the PS5’s new controller, that looks to change the way the DualShock has worked since the fifth generation. Of this new controller, Ryan say’s…
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 Ryan mentions is something PlayStation calls “adaptive triggers”. These adaptive triggers have been incorporated into the traditional R2/L2 triggers & will provide varying levels of resistance based on the action taking place. PlayStation hopes that this will add a new dimension to playing games; giving players a tactile sensation of, as Ryan say, “drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain”. Developers already have an early version of this controller.
The PS5 Has Some Serious Hardware
In a Wired exclusive, we got some juicy details on what we’ll find underneath the PS5’s boot. Much like Xbox Scarlet, the PS5 will boast an AMD CPU & GPU, based on the Ryzen & Navi lines, respectively. Gone are chunky hard drives; replaced with quicker SSD’s that, as Mark Cerny points out, will deliver “dramatically faster speeds” & “save on crucial space”. The PS5 is not doing away with optical drives yet. The console will use 100GB blu-ray disks, created to deal with the gargantuan size of modern games.
The PS5 dev team are clearly excited about the new possibilities an SSD brings. Cerny discusses the possibility of having a more configurable installation process, that would allow users to pick & choose what parts of game they want to install & play. You could, for example, download the story mode of a game; leaving the multiplayer mode for another time, or visa versa.
All of this news is exciting, but, we still have quite a wait before we can get our hands on the PS5. There are still plenty of games to be excited about on PS4 however. PlayStation’s next exclusive, Death Stranding, releases November 8th & is available to pre-order.