Since Sony originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, Sony know that there’s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring. Earlier this year Sony were proud to share that the next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and it’ll be launching in time for holiday 2020.
These updates may not be a huge surprise, but Sony wanted to confirm them for their PlayStation fans, as they start to reveal additional details about their vision for the next generation. WIRED magazine covered these updates and more in a story that posted this week.
The “more” refers to something Sony are quite excited about – 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, and they had the opportunity with the new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion.
To that end, there are two key innovations with PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, Sony is adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you 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. 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 Sony 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.
While there’s much more to share about PlayStation 5 in the year ahead, Sony have plenty of blockbuster experiences coming your way on PS4, including Death Stranding (Out Now), The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima.
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