PlayStation 5 to release in holiday 2020
When it comes to the next generation of video game consoles, it doesn't take much to get me excited..
In an exclusive interview with Wired Magazine, Sony officially revealed on Tuesday that their next video game console will indeed be called the PlayStation 5 and that it will be released in the Holiday 2020 season (sometime between October and December of next year, most likely in November).
Wired's story, a followup from their April article where they revealed the PS5 would have a much faster solid-state drive instead of a traditional hard drive, also revealed other new details about the upcoming console.
Most of the new details released are about the new controller for the PS5, which will probably end up being called the DualShock 5 but doesn't have a name yet. The two biggest changes compared to the PS4's DualShock 4 control will come in its trigger buttons and rumble feature.
I love the DualShock 4 controller on the PS4. It's probably my favorite controller. The analogue sticks, buttons and shoulder triggers all feel great. The only downside to it is its battery life, which only lasts about four to five hours before it needs to be recharged.
Lead PS5 system architect Mark Cerny calls one of the new features on the PS5 controller "adaptive triggers." On the current controller, the trigger buttons are what they are and they feel the same with every game. For the PS5, developers will be able to control how the triggers feel and how much resistance there is to pull there. So if your character is pulling back a bow to fire an arrow, the game can be programmed so the controller has more tension the more you pull the trigger.
The new controllers also use something called haptic feedback instead of the traditional rumble motors that have been used to make controllers vibrate for years. According to the article, this will make the tactile feedback feel much more immersive.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both 6 years old now and will be 7 when their successors actually come out. Considering new smartphones come out every year, that's pretty ancient for technology. I'm definitely ready for next gen to get here, but until then I'm loving that Sony and Microsoft are giving us these small updates as development progresses.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and "Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.