Sony confirms Playstation 5 will be released in time for Christmas 2020
Gamers’ stockings are going to be looking a whole lot squarer next Christmas, with the news that Sony are set to release the PS5 in time for the holiday. In an extensive press release, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, revealed not only that the console is imminent, but that it will incorporate a range of never-before-seen exciting features.
In a blog entry on the Playstation website, Ryan wrote:
“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.”
Ryan also revealed that:
“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.”
In keeping with this aim, Ryan stated that there have been two key innovations with the new technology. The first features “haptic feedback”, an improvement on the existing “rumble” feature of many consoles. As Ryan explained:
“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.”
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The second innovation revolves around “adaptive triggers”. This addition will build upon the Playstation’s current R2/L2 trigger buttons, making gameplay more “tactile” than ever. Ryan added:
“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.”
As Christmas 2020 approaches, fans will get an even better understanding of what’s to come from the console. For now, we’ll just have to be patient and get as much sunlight as we can. January 2021 promises to be extremely vitamin D deficient.