Since we last heard details of the next-generation console Sony was working on back in April, details have been scarce. However, in a blog post today, President Jim Ryan has officially announced the PlayStation 5, and it will be launching Holiday 2020.
More details were shared via a Wired story, with the most important detail being the new controller that will be shipping with the PS5. As Ryan puts it, one of PlayStation’s aim “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.”
The PlayStation 5 controller will have haptic feedback to replace the rumble we have come to know and love. This will mean “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.”
PlayStation is also adding adaptive triggers to both the L2 and R2 triggers for the PlayStation 5 controllers, and it sounds amazing already.
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 can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.
Ryan also confirmed that more details will be revealed as we head towards Holiday 2020, and also that Ghost of Tsushima, alongside Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part II, will still call the PS4 home.