Another generation of video game consoles approaches, whether we’re ready for them or not. At E3 2019 Microsoft offered a peek at their next console, code named Project Scarlett, and revealed that it would arrive in time for the 2020 holiday season.
Of course Sony also has a new console on the way, and now they’ve confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will also be arriving in 2020. The announcement was made by Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan, and you can read what he had to say below.
From the PlayStation Blog:
An Update on Next-Gen: PlayStation 5 Launches Holiday 2020
Featuring a new controller with haptic technology and adaptive triggers.
Since we originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, we know that thereâ€™s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring. Today Iâ€™m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and weâ€™ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020.
These updates may not be a huge surprise, but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans, as we start to reveal additional details about our vision for the next generation. WIRED magazine covered these updates and more in a story that posted this morning.
The â€œmoreâ€ refers to something Iâ€™m quite excited about â€“ 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.
To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5â€™s new controller. First, weâ€™re adopting haptic feedback to replace the â€œrumbleâ€ technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. 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.
The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). 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 canâ€™t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.
While thereâ€™s much more to share about PlayStation 5 in the year ahead, we have plenty of blockbuster experiences coming your way on PS4, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima. Iâ€™d like to thank all PlayStation fans for continuing the journey with us, as we embark on the future of games.
For those of you keeping track, this all means that both Sony and Microsoft will both be releasing their next-gen offerings just seven short years after the current generation launched in 2013.
So start saving those coins if you’re someone who needs to have the latest consoles as soon as they’re released.
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