Sony has confirmed that its fifth home video games console will simply be called the PlayStation5, and that it’s set to be released around Christmas 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,” the interactive entertainment brand announced via an official blog post and WIRED magazine today (October 8).
In the same statement, the company also explained to gamers that the console will come with a new style of controller, which will allow the user to “get a sense [of] a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.”
Using haptics rather than the ‘rumble’ technology found in DualShock controllers, operators will “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.”
Sony continued: “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.”
Sony concluded by urging fans to listen out for more details about the PS5 across the year ahead, insisting that it has “plenty of blockbuster experiences coming your way on PS4, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima.”
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