It’s official now! The next-generation PlayStation console has been announced. Sony has confirmed that it will be called the PlayStation 5, alias the PS5. But you’ll have to wait till the Christmas of 2020 to get your hands on it. PS5 will bring new technology in controllers focussing on adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. Officially announced on its Twitter handle, saying “Just revealed at @WIRED – new details on #PS5, launching next holiday”
PlayStation cemented its place since its first launch in 1994 and continues to grow strong. In the formal announcement of the next-generation console which was unveiled in April, Sony has tried to “deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games.”
PS4’s successor, PS5 is bringing two important innovations in the controller, namely- “haptic feedback” and “adaptive triggers”. The “rumble” technology used in consoles has been dropped in favour of haptic feedback. Jim Ryan, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said in a blog post on the PlayStation website, that PS5 players will get a feel of “broader range of feedback.” There will be a distinctive experience while “crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field.”
Adaptive Triggers feature coming to the DualShock 4’s successor will be blended into the existing L2 and R2 triggers. The feature will assist players to “feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.” In combination with Haptics, adaptive triggers will generate a “powerful experience that better simulates various actions.” The developers will be given the freedom to play around with the resistance of the adaptive triggers to simulate near to life experience.
Other miscellaneous features that you can look forward to are accommodating enhanced vibration technology and an upgrade in console’s graphics. PS5 will come with a Solid-State Drive which will assist in a faster boot-up and subsequent slash in game loading times. Sony has worked on the aesthetics angle too. The technology of console’s graphics will get upgraded to improve lighting effects.
Sony also confirmed that the new controller has been sent to studios and now they are waiting for feedback on the new features. Sony has not released visuals of the new console. Neither there has been any word on what games will launch alongside it, but Ryan has confirmed that the fans will be kept updated with more aspects leading to the countdown.
The news about next-gen PS comes at a time when there is a shift from traditional games’ consoles to streaming games online. Of all the gaming devices, phones are proving to be a rage now and the trend is evergrowing. In a bid to stay ahead of the race, gaming firms have started developing strategies to drive growth beyond consoles. The recent one was from Nintendo which brought its franchise to mobile with the global launch of Mario Kart Tour.
Sony is directly pitted against Microsoft’s rival Xbox console known by the name of Project Scarlett. It is also slated for release around Christmas 2020. In the meantime, Sony is offering blockbuster experiences on PS4 with popular titles Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima. PS4 has also finally opened to extending support to cross-platform and multiplayer games recently.