It’s hard to believe, but the PlayStation 4 launched all the way back in 2013. To jog your memory, Sony launched the PS4 in the same year as Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, and Grand Theft Auto V.
Thus, it’s about time for a new console generation to begin, and Sony has started to release details about the new PlayStation. Here’s everything we know about the next-gen Sony console and successor to the PS4…
What Is the Next PlayStation Called?
Unlike Microsoft, which has used a unique name for each of its Xbox consoles, Sony plans to stick with the straightforward numbered approach. The next PlayStation will be called the PlayStation 5.
While it’s not particularly exciting, it does make sense.
When Will the PlayStation 5 Launch?
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Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will launch “in time for Holiday 2020”. This is a bit vague, but we can guess when it will become available based on trends from the past systems.
The PlayStation 4 launched on November 15, 2013 in North America, and the PS4 Pro came out on November 10, 2016. Meanwhile, the PlayStation 3 first became available on November 17, 2006.
Therefore, it’s a good guess to say the PS5 should launch sometime in November 2020. This allows the console time to generate some excitement and build a library of games before the all-important holiday season.
What’s New With the PlayStation 5 Controller?
A console’s controller affects how you interact with everything in the game, so new features within it are always exciting. Sony has mentioned that it wants to “deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games,” and the new controllers reflect this.
While it doesn’t have an official name yet, we know the controller will use a modern USB-C connection. The company has mentioned two major innovations with the PS5’s controller so far.
The first change is a switch from the classic “rumble” feature to haptic feedback. If you’re not familiar, haptic feedback refers to a specific set of vibrations that make you feel a particular sensation. This is in contrast to rumble, which is simply a constant vibration at various strengths.
For example, you might feel a light tap when your character knocks on the door, but a heavy “slam” when you’re tackled in a football game. This provides developers with better ways to make you feel like you’re part of what’s happening in a game.
If you want to test out how this feels, the Nintendo Switch’s controllers offer HD Rumble, which is a fancy name for haptic feedback. Nintendo promoted this by saying you could feel the ice cubes in a virtual glass.
The other new development in the PS5 controller is adaptive triggers. These allow game developers to adjust the resistance of your controller triggers (the L2 and R2 buttons) based on in-game events.
For instance, you might have to push harder to pull back a bow and arrow, or to accelerate a vehicle over rough terrain. Combined with the haptic feedback, this should go a long way in helping you feel like the elements of the game are real.
What Internals Will the PS5 Have?
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Seven years is a long time in the technological world, so you can expect some beefed-up components inside the PS5. While we don’t have specifics yet, we do have some idea of what will be inside the system.
CPU and GPU
The PS5 will boast some form of AMD’s Ryzen CPU, plus an AMD Navi GPU. Sony’s staff have also confirmed that the PS5’s GPU will support ray tracing, (how real-time ray tracing changes gaming). This is an advanced graphics technology that renders extremely realistic lighting and shadows. It simulates each ray of light from a source, which is an intensive process.
Notably, the new system is leaving behind hard disk drives (HDD) in favor of faster solid-state drive (SSD) storage. As you’re probably familiar with, SSDs have no moving parts, so they can load data much faster than a traditional hard drive.
This means developers won’t have to build artificial walls into their games to slow you down and let the game load. But switching to an SSD has additional benefits aside from speed.
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To minimize the amount of seeking an HDD has to do, developers sometimes duplicate generic assets all over the disk. This leads to games taking up more space, which won’t be necessary with an SSD. As a result, game developers will be able to cut down the size of games and patches, or add more detail into the same amount of space.
Physical Games and the Disc Drive
The PS5 will use 100GB BDXL discs, which offer more storage than the PS4’s 50GB Blu-ray discs. If you buy physical games, you’ll still be required to install them onto the drive, since loading from an SSD is much faster than doing so from discs.
However, you’ll have control over what you install. If you don’t care about the single-player part of a game, you could just install the multiplayer portion and worry about single-player later.
Sony has also confirmed that the PS4 will play Ultra-HD Blu-ray discs.
More PlayStation 5 Tidbits
We’ve covered most of the known information about the PlayStation 5, but there are still a few tidbits that are worth mentioning.
Sony has mentioned that the PS5 will feature a fresh interface for its home screen. This includes more readily available information about what multiplayer matches are available with friends, or rewards for completing certain single-player missions. You’ll also be able to jump into the action much more quickly.
Players will also be happy to hear that the PlayStation 5 is confirmed as backwards-compatible with PS4 games. This is welcome news, as the PS4 wasn’t backwards-compatible at all.
Finally, the PS5 will support PSVR. The system can also handle 4K visuals at 120Hz, which means even smoother games if you have a compatible TV.
Can’t Wait for the PlayStation 5?
That’s the lowdown on the PS5 for now. There are rumors about various games being developed for the PlayStation 5, but we don’t have any concrete details yet.
Sony is bound to release more information about the PS5 soon, including how it looks and what games will be available at launch. So bookmark this article for more PlayStation 5 details as and when they’re released.
In the meantime, don’t forget that the PS4 has an excellent catalog of exclusive titles to play. And you may as well play the best PS4 games while you wait for the PS5 to arrive!