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PlayStation 5 Launches Holiday 2020 & New Controller Details

The PlayStation 5 is coming. This is news we’ve all known for a while, now but the question on everyone’s mind has always been ‘when?’ Out of nowhere, Sony put out a tweet and blog post announcing that the PlayStation 5 will be officially released during the Holiday season of 2020.

Sony have made it clear recently that player immersion is one of their biggest goals for the PS5. In April, a demo of Marvel’s Spider-Man running on the new console showcased near-instant load times thanks to the PS5’s beefy in-built solid state drive that’s designed to keep downtime to a minimum. Today’s blog post from Sony goes into further details about how the the redesigned controllers will also keep players engrossed.

Firstly, haptic feedback will replace the classic rumble feature for a more tactile experience. Haptics provide much more detailed and nuanced means of controller vibration so players can at long last sense the difference between traversing a grassy plain and wading through a muddy swamp. ‘Adaptive Triggers’ are the second new and innovative feature, Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, describes it best: ‘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.’ This feature really opens the floodgates for developers and it’s dizzying to think about all the creative ways this could be incorporated into future games.

Of course, the console is also chock-full of cutting edge technology and a GPU capable of ray-tracing acceleration. The only thing the PlayStation 5 doesn’t have yet are photos. There are still no pictures of the controllers or the console to see just yet, they will have to continue existing in our imagination until Sony have selected a final design for each.

Just one more year to wait until Sony steps into the next console generation and with specs like these, the PlayStation 5 is already set to make a big first impression.

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