In a recent post on the European Official PlayStation Blog, President of SIEE and President of global sales and marketing, SIE Jim Ryan officially christened the next generation PlayStation console currently in development the PlayStation 5.
“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.
These updates may not be a huge surprise, but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans, as we start to reveal additional details about our vision for the next generation.”
So there you have it, the PS5 is officially a thing! Not the most surprising name, but like the old saying goes: if it ain’t broke… The Holiday 2020 release window doesn’t come as too much of a surprise either, as this will set the PS5 in line with the next generation Xbox – Project Scarlett, which was revealed earlier this year at E3.
The blog post references a recent interview with WIRED where some features of the new controller (presumably called Dualshock 5) were discussed. The new controller will dispense with traditional rumble features and instead adopt a haptic feedback system, allowing for a much broader range of sensation. As the post describes it: “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 feature discussed are the new controller’s adaptive triggers. Apparently these triggers will be incorporated into the L2 and R2 triggers and will allow developers to program varying levels of resistance into the trigger. In this way the trigger pull can match the action being taken, adding another layer of immersion and realism to the gaming experience.
“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.”
If you want more info on the reveal, you can read the full blog post here.