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Sony’s PlayStation 5 to feature new immersive controller, launch date set for late 2020

The console would also feature a new super-fast SSD to replace the hard drive in the PS4.

Jason Fan | October 9, 12:32 pm

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Sony has just announced on Oct. 8 that their next-generation console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5), would be released in time for “Holiday 2020”, which presumably means around the end of the year.

The Japanese electronics company had previously teased its new console earlier this year.

What would it look like?

Although Sony has not released any official images of the PS5, Dutch blog LetsGoDigital released some renderings of the next-generation console, based on patent illustrations.

Image from LetsGoDigital.

Gizmodo reported that a Sony insider confirmed the render’s accuracy, although with the device only due to be released in end 2020, the design may still be subject to some changes.

Still, the render is currently the public’s best guess at what the highly anticipated console would look like.

Sony introducing immersive controllers

Sony said that a major feature of its new console would be its immersive controller.

The company would be introducing haptic feedback to its controllers, replacing the old “rumble” technology found in controllers previously.

According to Sony, with haptics, a gamer would feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car would feel a lot different compared to making a tackle on a football field.

“One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion,” said Sony CEO Jim Ryan.

Sony would also incorporate adaptive triggers into the controllers’ trigger buttons (L2/R2), allowing gamers to “feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.”

PS5 would allow a more configurable installation process

WIRED also covered some updates regarding the updated console’s hardware.

The magazine confirmed that the PS5 would be introducing a super-fast SSD, which would allow games to take up less space.

This would soften the blow for mandatory installation requirements, as games begin to demand increasing amounts of storage.

Sony would also allow developers to break up the installation of their games, which is also a welcome change.

This means that an individual can choose to install just a game’s multiplayer campaign, leaving the single-player campaign for another time.

He may also choose to install the entire game, before deleting the single-player campaign once it is completed.

This would allow gamers to save precious disk space on the updated console.

Sony previously teased the PS5 in April

In April 2019, Sony released some details about the upcoming PS5, promising that the new console will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, super fast SSDs, as well as backwards compatibility with existing Playstation 4 (PS4) games.

Another big change that was announced then was the the replacement of the hard drive with an SSD, which Sony promised would improve load time and gameplay significantly.

There is currently no information about how much the PS5 is expected to cost, although given the holiday 2020 release date, it won’t be long before Sony starts releasing more details.

Better start saving.

Top image from LetsGoDigital.

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