Sony has confirmed the next iteration of its console system will indeed be called the PlayStation 5 and will release just in time for Christmas 2020.
“Since we originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, we know that there’s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring,” Sony’s president, Jim Ryan, explained in a PS Blog post. “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 update also details changes for Sony’s DualShock controller, too, which Sony hopes will “deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games”.
“There are two key innovations with 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,” Sony’s blog post added. “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 is something we call 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.”
That’s all Sony had to say for now, but it finished up on reminding us that there are still “plenty of blockbuster experiences coming your way on PS4, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima”.
Furthermore, as Eurogamer reports, early pictures of a V-shaped PlayStation 5 developer kit look to be legitimate.