Sony’s Fifth Console set to Release 2020 Holiday Season

Cameron Hailey , Contributing Writer

Earlier this month, Sony announced in WIRED magazine that their newest console, the Playstation 5, will be released during the 2020 holiday season.

Playstation representatives gave an in-depth look into features that will be on the new console.

The Playstation 5 was rumored  to have Ray-Tracing abilities. Ray-Tracing is ultra-realistic light graphics for 3D game environments. Mark Cerny, Sony system architect, confirmed that was true.

Hardware, rather than a software workaround as speculated in April, will allow for a much smoother graphic experience.

A solid-state drive–or SSD–will also be included in the Playstation 5. This will reduce loading times and the overall size of the console. An SSD would reduce data dumping from a hard drive, increasing the storage available for players and developers.

Additionally, players will be able to selectively download portions of a game, such as just the  single-player portion and save the multiplayer for later.

The new controller, which is currently unnamed, will better immerse players in the game. The controller will have new features such as “adaptable triggers,” meaning games will respond according to real-life resistance or feeling one would have from actions. The controller will also include a haptic feedback engine, abandoning the prior rumble motors that shook the controller for feedback. Haptic feedback is similar to what smartphones have on their touch screens.

Peter Rubin, writer for WIRED who tried the controlle,r said, “I ran a character through a platform level featuring a number of different surfaces, all of which gave distinct—and surprisingly immersive—tactile experiences.”

This use of haptic feedback and real-time response has not been available in controllers for consoles before. It is still unclear how many game developers will use this function.

The controller will also come with a USB-C universal connector instead of the USB micro B that was previously used on the DualShock 4 controllers for Playstation 4.

The user interface on the new Playstation will also streamline joining friends on multiplayer games, though Cerny gave limited details on any other portions of the interface.