Sony confirms PS5 name and release date
Sony has confirmed that its next-generation console will be called... The PlayStation 5!
The existence of the new console was confirmed by PS4 architect Mark Cerny back in April. Now it has been announced the PS5 will arrive in time for December 2020.
Taking to the official PlayStation blog, Sony CEO Jim Ryan was naturally excited about the new console.
"One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games,” he said, “and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion."
According to Ryan, there are two key innovations with that new consoler. Sony has said they are ditching rumble technology in favour of haptic feedback (the same stuff that Apple uses inside its iPhones to simulate pressing actual keys).
Ryan said the technology would allow players to feel a “broader range of feedback” and that "crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field."
The second innovation is adaptive triggers. Sony said developers would be able to program the resistance of each trigger, so that players would "feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain."
Each trigger will also get that new haptic technology.
According to Sony, PS5 development kits have already been sent out to Sony which will give games-makers an entire year to incorporate the new tech into their existing lineup.
We don’t expect Microsoft will take this reveal very well. Currently, it’s next-gen console is dubbed ‘Project Scarlett’, and with Sony’s new console now making the news, we expect some more information from Xbox very soon.