19 March 2020
After a long wait and a lot of speculations, Sony has finally confirmed that its next-generation gaming console will be called PlayStation 5. It will be a direct successor to the PlayStation 4 lineup that made its debut in 2013 with the release of the original PlayStation 4 aka PlayStation 4 Fat.
Sony has further revealed that it will launch the PlayStation 5 in time for Holiday 2020. There is still a waiting time for over a year from today but it is good to know a definitive release timeline. It also means that we will get to know more and more about the next-gen console as the time will pass but for now, Sony has talked about a few new things.
The PlayStation 5 will come with a new wireless controller which is expected to be called DualShock 5 but not confirmed yet. It will come with a new haptic feedback system that will replace currently used rumble technology. Sony says that the new system will offer a broader range of feedback/sensations depending on what particular activity the gamer is up to. It means you will be able to feel the difference between getting your car crashed in a race and making a tackle in a football game. Similarly, walking on a grass field and walking on mud will also offer different feedbacks.
The team has also revamped L2/R2 trigger buttons which are now being called adaptive triggers. These new triggers can now be tweaked by game developers to offer different tactical sensation for different tasks like "drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain". But it will up to be developers whether they want to make use of this new feature and in what way. Overall, the new PlayStation controller will offer a far more immersive gaming experience than what is possible with DualShock 4.
One of the biggest changes in the PlayStation 5 will be the use of SSDs instead of HDDs. This should result in a faster performance with reduced launch times among other benefits. As noted by Wired in their exclusive coverage, physical game disks are here to stay for the PS5 but they will make use of 100GB optical disks. There will be an optical drive to insert them that will also double up as a 4K Blu-ray player.
The game installation will be compulsory even for physical disc holders but it will come with a modular approach. It means gamers will have the freedom to choose which part of the game they want to install. So if there is a game that offers both single-player and multiplayer modes, users will be able to install only one mode if they want to do so. They can also delete the unwanted mode after the full game installation. There will also be a new user interface that will help users get started with what they want to do in an instant.
Mark Cerny, system architect at Sony PlayStation, said:
"Even though it will be fairly fast to boot games, we don't want the player to have to boot the game, see what's up, boot the game, see what's up. Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real-time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player, you just jump right into whatever you like."
So this is what we know about the PlayStation 5 in addition to everything that Sony revealed earlier this year. We are expecting more details to emerge in the coming times and we will make sure to keep you updated on all new developments and official announcements.