Sony has officially revealed that the PlayStation 5 will be released in Holiday 2020.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan revealed the official name and release window for the console.
Ryan also revealed the new changes to the console’s controller: haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Haptic feedback replaces the “rumble” of previous controllers, Ryan notes. “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.”
The adaptive triggers, incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2 and R2), can be programmed by developers to achieve a certain effect. “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 an interview with Wired, Ryan and system architect Mark Cerny shared some new features of the console, including its ability to play 4K Blu-rays and new storage options; players will be able to install specific elements of a game, meaning they can install the single-player campaign and forgo the multiplayer.
Sony first revealed specifications for the new console in April 2019. OnlySP’s Daniel Pereira was impressed by the news, but felt that the upgraded specifications were not entirely necessary.