PlayStation 5: Release Date, New Controller and Everything We Learned From Latest Report

The next Sony gaming console finally has a name and release date, and both critical tidbits are exactly what we thought they'd be.

Officially dubbed the PlayStation 5, (PS5) the next Sony gaming console will release during the holiday season of 2020. Aside from its name and release window, Wired received some exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at what gamers can expect from the PS5.

Here's everything we learned from the latest PlayStation 5 information dump.

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Sony's next gaming console will be backwards compatible. Sony

SPECS

The ray-tracing technique that was divulged last time the PS5 was discussed back in April was given some additional clarity by system architect Mark Cerny. He explained that the ray-tracing, which enables complex lighting and sound effects in 3D environments, is not a software-level fix.

"There is ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware," he said. "which I believe is the statement that people were looking for."

The PS5's solid-state drive (SSD) was discussed as well, and Cerny explained how developers could duplicate assets to create large data blocks that enable faster load times. The PS5's SSD will do away with the need to dupe data, so game load times will be faster and will take up less space on internal system storage.

Physical games will use 100GB optical disks, and the PS5 will also act as a 4K Blu Ray player.

Game installation will be mandatory, but Sony is changing how its new console percieves data. The PS5 will allow players to download the entirety of a game or just parts of it, by separating single-player and multiplayer features. Players would then be able to download or delete parts of the game as they see fit.

NEW UI

The user interface of the PS5 will be vastly different from the PS4's. Here's what Cerny told Wired about the revamped UI:

"Even though it will be fairly fast to boot games, we don't want the player to have to boot the game, see what's up, boot the game, see what's up. Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player you just jump right into whatever you like."

NEW CONTROLLER

The next Dual Shock controller looks like the PS4's Dual Shock 4, but it has two new features that Sony is very excited about.

The first new addition is haptic feedback, which replaces the "rumble" feature found in current controllers. Haptics will allegedly offer a broader range of feedback presets, so crashing into a wall with a car will feel different than tackling a football player. Environments can also be "felt" with this new haptic feedback too, as you'll feel the difference between walking through grass or mud.

Sony also chose to highlight the PS5 controller's adaptive triggers. The L2/R2 buttons feature a resistance program so players can feel the sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle.

The new controller uses a USB-C charger, and Wired says it's heavier than the DualShock 4 controller, but Sony states it's still lighter than a standard Xbox One controller.

GAMES

Of course, Sony wouldn't divulge what games are expected to launch with the PS5, but, during Wired's tour with the company, reporters met with developers from Bluepoint Games, the studio behind the PS4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus. Marco Thrush, president of Bluepoint Games teased that they are working on something big for the PS5.

Gran Turismo Sport was ported from the PS4 to showcase the highlight features of the new PS5 controller, so there may be a few current-gen ports fans can expect when the new gaming console launches in 2020. While Sony isn't ready to talk about PS5 games quite yet, we've amassed our own list of titles we expect to see on the 2020 machine.

The PlayStation 5 is expected to to release during the 2020 holiday season.

What are your thoughts on these new PS5 details? Is its release date exactly what you expected? Tell us in the comments section!

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