In what could be good news for gamers, Sony has confirmed its next-gen console will be called PlayStation 5. Sony also confirmed they will be launching PlayStation 5 in time for "Holiday 2020." In April, Sony had briefly talked about a 'next-gen console' in WIRED magazine story. Afterwards, Sony didn't talk much or anything at all about its plan for the company's PS4 successor. In fact, Sony also didn't appear at the E3 games show this year - possibly to maintain secrecy and excitement about its upcoming console.
"Since we originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, we know that there’s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring. Today I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020," said Jim Ryan, CEO and president at Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Sony also offers a preview of the new controller that will ship with PlayStation 5.
"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," Ryan added.
Sony says they are adopting haptic feedback that will replace the existing “rumble” technology found in controllers since their 5th generation of consoles. Haptic will allow users to feel a different set of feedback for different games, promising a 'broader range of feedback.' Sony offers an example of 'crashing into a wall in a race car (that) feels much different than making a tackle on the football field.'
Another big update coming to PS5 controller is what they call adaptive triggers. They are going into primary trigger buttons L2/R2. Sony says developers can 'program the resistance of the triggers.' According to the company, as for an example, it will you make you 'feel' more tension when drawing a bow and arrow or speeding up on an off-road vehicle through rough terrain. This way, Sony aims to offer an experience that 'better simulates various actions.'
More details awaited as to what the actual hardware looks like. However, Sony is expected to drop more information about the PlayStation 5 in days to come.