This morning, SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan announced in a PlayStation Blog post that Sony’s next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5 and launch just in time for Holiday 2020. Along with this news came further details about a newly published WIRED magazine interview that provided additional details on the new controller that will be packaged with the PlayStation 5. Below is a quick description of two key innovations for this controller as described by Ryan himself:
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.
2020 is already set to be a very exciting year for PlayStation thanks to the long awaited releases of both The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghosts of Tsushima. Now that we know the PlayStation 5 will also be in stores next Fall, fans have even more to look forward to over the next several months.
Are any of you planning to pickup a PlayStation 5 next year? Do you have any thoughts on how much the console will cost? Feel free to share your thoughts and more in the comments section below.