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PlayStation’s Next-Gen Console Set For Late 2020 Launch

Sony has just revealed that its next-gen console, not surprisingly called the PlayStation 5 (PS5), is set for an official release sometime in late 2020, just in time for the holiday period.

Though not many details have yet to be confirmed, Sony did share several new features gamers can expect such as a new controller in the works, discs it will use, and details on ray-tracing support, SSD, UI features, as well as other aspects of the system.

“These updates may not be a huge surprise, but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans, as we start to reveal additional details about our vision for the next generation,” Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment President, said in a blog post.

“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.”

In regard to the new controller, Sony said that they will be implementing a new haptic feedback feature to replace the current “rumble” effect found in current PlayStation controllers.

According to Sony, controller shakes will offer a wider range of rumbles and the company has claimed that a sense of touch will be so refined that gamers will “feel the difference between walking through fields of grass and plodding through mud”.

The controller’s adaptive triggers get a major update too, with game developers having the ability to program the give of the L2 and R2 buttons to represent in-game tension and force.

“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,” Ryan said.

“The adaptive triggers, 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.”

More confirmed details include:

  • The PS5 will include a disc drive for physical games and 4K Blu-Rays;
  • PS5 discs will have a capacity of 100GB;
  • Game installation is mandatory, but the console will allow you to just install a multi-player campaign, or install the entire game and then delete the single-player portion once done;
  • The controller contains an improved speaker, USB-C connectivity and a larger-capacity battery;
  • Ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware; and
  • New UI that allows gamers to see more details on what can be played at any time, as well as more on what friends are doing.

And, in something that is sure to excite PlayStation gamers, a new patent has been uncovered which points to the possibility of the next-gen console having backwards compatibility support.

The PS5 will apparently also be better for the environment, with the company planning to introduce a new low-power suspend mode, which means the console will consume less power when inactive.

Stay tuned on ChannelNews for more details on the new PS5 when they come to light.

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