Sony Interactive Entertainment told fans that the new PlayStation 5 will be available to customers in “Holiday 2020.” The announcement came from Jim Ryan, President and CEO of SIE, on a blogpost on the PlayStation website. Ryan told customers, “Today I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020.”
The blogpost was released after a WIRED magazine interview, where the company talked about the launch window and the name for the new console. The company also talked about the controller that will ship with PlayStation 5. Ryan explained, “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.” The controller will introduce haptic feedback, replacing the “rumble” tech that the console currently uses in its devices. Ryan explained the reasoning behind the switch on the blogpost adding, “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 new controller will also add “adaptive triggers,” which are part of the (L2/R2) buttons on the new controller. Now developers can program the resistance of the triggers, adding a new sensation when you’re playing a specific game. This resistance can change depending on the situation, which would give the buttons a different feel across a wide array of games. The button resistance could change between gun types, drawing bows, accelerating a vehicle through mud, and other common gameplay scenarios.
Sony’s current generation, the PlayStation 4, is still going strong, and the platform has several major releases on the horizon. Players can look forward to “Death Stranding,” “The Last of Us Part II,” and “Ghost of Tsushima.”
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