Yesterday it was announced and shared via Sony’s Playstation Blog that their next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020. WIRED magazine covered these updates and more in a story that posted yesterday. Per Sony’s post, the “more” refers to a preview of the new controller that will ship with PlayStation 5. One of Sony’s goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games. The new controller is to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion.
There are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, they are adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, gamers 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 they 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 Sony can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.
Throughout the year ahead Sony stated that there’s much more to share about PlayStation 5. They have plenty of blockbuster experiences coming your way on PS4, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima.
Unfortunately, images of the Playstation 5 have yet to be unveiled on Sony’s site. To read more about Playstation news and updates on Sony’s Blog please visit: https://blog.us.playstation.com/.
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