On its blog, Sony discussed a few details about the PS5 including a release date: holiday 2020. Judging from past consoles releases the PS5 should arrive around November. The PS4, for example, was released on November 2013.
The PS5 will also come with a brand new controller that Sony says will ‘deepen the immersion’ when you play games. This will be in the form of adding haptic feedback on the controller similar to the one found on Nintendo’s Joy Con controllers.
Haptic feedback has been an ongoing trend for new devices. On smartphones, there used to be a simple vibration motor that is used for notifications and other system alerts. But current generation smartphones now also use haptic vibration engines that add a more realistic feel – from simple rumbles to a nudge.
Another innovation placed around the new controller is adaptive triggers that will be part of the L2 and R2 buttons. Developers can program these buttons so that there is a tactile sensation when you’re playing certain games.
A recent article by Wired said that the PS5 will also change the way it handles storage – loading times will be faster and game installations will be very different. With some games, you will have the choice to install only the multiplayer or just the single-player campaign depending on what you want to play. It makes more sense to install the game in parts rather than putting the entire block that will occupy more space on the hard drive.
In terms of graphics, you’re seeing another chip made by AMD along with support for ray tracing, an improved way on how light effects appear in a game. This can translate to even more photo-realistic visuals.
That also means that games will be even larger in capacity considering the newer hardware. Wired said that games will be around 100 GB in size which also means that they had to upgrade the optical drive to read higher capacity discs. Support for 4K Blu-ray disc playback has also been confirmed after it was noticeably absent from all of the PS4 versions released (Xbox, on the other hand, has supported 4K Blu-ray playback on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X).
More details should arrive in the next few months, with a grand reveal as to what the PS5 will look like by next summer during E3.
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