Sony has confirmed that its next-generation console will be called the PlayStation 5, and it will be out next year, launching in time for “Holiday 2020.”
The company also announced several changes that it will make to the controller on the PS5.
Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan revealed some of these key innovations expected in the PlayStation 5 controller.
The first innovation is haptic feedback, which will replace the ‘rumble’ technology in current controllers.
Mr Ryan explained: “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.”
This new haptic feedback technology will offer a “broader range of feedback.” The other big change that Sony has mentioned is a technology calling “adaptive triggers,” which will go in the primary R2/L2 triggers on the PS5’s controller. According to Sony, developers will be able to “program the resistance of the triggers,” giving the example that you’ll be able to “feel” the increased tension as you draw back a bow or force you to push down with extra pressure if you’re driving through rough terrain.
The PS5’s controller will also make the jump to USB-C as well as other refinements like a larger battery and improved speakers.
There has been a price leak of SONY’S new PlayStation 5 indicating it could cost around £450 when it’s released – about £100 more than its predecessor.
PS5 will play 4K Blu-rays and also support 8K video, at least to an extent. It will also be more environmentally-friendly games console than the PS4.
The Head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, revealed a feature called “suspended gameplay” which gets through less power than the current console. “If it was used by one million PS5 owners, that would represent a reduction in electricity consumption equivalent to 1000 US households.”
The original PlayStation launched in Europe in 1995