Sony opened the day with a major update to their impending next-gen console. The update features the console’s name, general release date, and a new controller that will surely change video games forever.
How does a company dominate the news cycle for an entire day with one piece of news? If you’re Sony, it’s simply updating gamers on the news-starved console Sony is developing. Fortunately, that’s exactly what they did to kick off Tuesday morning, by delivering news that was obvious, not-as obvious, and completely game-changing.
In a new blog post, in conjunction with an exclusive from WIRED, Sony has announced the official name for that next PlayStation console. As you may have probably guessed, Sony didn’t overthink the name. Instead, they called it the PlayStation 5.
While that isn’t the most original name, it’s the perfect name for the PlayStation 4‘s successor. PlayStation has become synonymous with Sony and has been the brand millions of gamers have trusted for years. It would be weird if it wasn’t titled PlayStation 5, just like it would be weird if Microsoft’s Project Scarlett wasn’t actually an Xbox-named console (My money is on Xbox 0, to which Phil Spencer will say it’s because there are “zero limits”).
The blog post also mentioned that the newly-minted PS5 will release in Holiday 2020. This release date comes as no shock, but also wasn’t as obvious as the title of the console. Given how little we’ve learned about the console, mainly because Sony has kept their console very close to the vest, it wasn’t a sure thing that the PS5 would release Holiday 2020. However, it makes perfect sense, as that’s when most console wars are held.
Now, the true surprise to this update comes from the handheld portion of every console, the controller. With every next-gen console, comes a new controller for gamers to master and developers to toy with. The PS3 to the PS4 saw an update from the patented DualShock 3 to the DualShock 4. The 4 added the touchpad and a speaker to deliver an added element of effect, found mostly on PlayStation exclusive titles.
The PS5‘s currently unnamed controller will feature something much cooler than what the DualShock 4 had to offer. With new innovation at their disposal, Sony has decided to do away with the vibrating “Rumble” technology in favor of Haptics, a method that will see the way we experience games drastically change. Here’s how:
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.
Furthermore, Sony will continue to push the envelope of realism at your fingertips by adding new tech called “Adaptive Triggers“. This will directly effect the L2/R2 triggers for any developers that wish to tinker with them, by creating realistic resistance.
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.
Developers have already received these controllers, along with the previously-delivered PlayStation 5 dev kits. It’ll be interesting to see which developers decide to utilize this revolutionary tech.
Another cool PS5 nugget resides within the WIRED exclusive. It reports that the PlayStation 5 has also updated how we download games, by now giving us the option to download and delete certain parts of games from our console. That means we’ll have the option to download and keep the whole game or just the single-player campaign or the multiplayer mode.
That’s absolutely mind-blowing when you think of it, because never-before have we imagined that you could pick and choose what modes stick around on your console. It’s such a cool, different way of managing storage space.
The PlayStation blog, written by President & CEO Jim Ryan, signs off by saying that they’re there are plenty of blockbuster PS4 experiences still to come with Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghosts of Tsushima. The last one is a bit of a surprise, given that we had yet to hear of a release date, but now we know that Ghost of Tsushima will be part of the PlayStation 4 era.
With that in mind, it’ll be fascinating to see what launch title they’ll have in store for the PlayStation 5, and what the confirmed design of the console will be. As more news on Sony‘s next-gen console is revealed, we’ll have it here on Cinelinx.