Sony Interactive Entertainment’s new president and CEO, Jim Ryan, just dropped a huge bombshell over at the PlayStation Blog. There, he confirmed that Sony’s next-generation gaming console is indeed the PlayStation 5. He also dropped yet another bombshell announcement, promising that this new console will launch during the holiday season in 2020.

Ryan also stated that a new controller that will ship with PlayStation 5. Here is the rest of his statement:

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.

To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. 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.

The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.

Back in September, Ryan also promised a feature that will “suspend gameplay at a lower power consumption than the PlayStation 4”. Mark Cerny, PlayStation 4 lead system architect and game designer, also previously revealed earlier this year that this new console be backward-compatible with PS4 games.

Not much is still known yet, but expect Sony to drop even more bombshells in the days to come.

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source: PlayStation Blog


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