Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan confirmed the name of the the next console from Sony, as well as its release date. As expected, it is called PlayStation 5. It will go on sale at the end of 2020.
What new features will PS5 have?
- Solid-state drive. PS5’s solid-state drive will make loading dramatically faster while also saving disc space.
- Custom installation of games. Players will be able to choose whether to only install a story campaign or a multiplayer campaign. Similarly, they will be able to uninstall parts of the game they do not want to play.
- UI updated in real time. “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,” said PlayStation architect Mark Cerny via Wired.
- 100 GB optical discs for physical copies of games. Moreover, unlike PS4, the new console will support Blu-ray 4K.
- Ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware.
- New gamepads, similar to DualShock 4. These will have “adaptive triggers” that can vary resistance levels (as you, for example, pull the virtual arrow back). Combined with an improved haptic feedback, these will account for immersive tactile experiences sensitive to the environments you navigate in-game. The new controllers will be charged via USB Type-C. “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,” said Sony in a blog post.