Sony Announces PS5 Holiday 2020 Release and New "Immersive" Haptic Controller

The new controllers' haptic feedback will help to deepen immersion, the Playstation CEO says.

Sony's next-gen console has been officially revealed to be named the Playstation 5.

While that news is unlikely to have taken many by surprise, a new blog update from Playstation CEO Jim Ryan has provided some new tantalizing details on the console.

Amongst these are the console's release date of "holiday 2020," and information on the PS5's new "immersive" haptic controller.

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2020 release date

"These updates may not be a huge surprise," Ryan said in his blog post about the "holiday 2020" release date, and the fact that the new console is officially unveiled as the Playstation 5.

However, the videogame company's CEO revealed that more details are on the way and that he was allowed to reveal a bit about the PS5's impressive new controllers.

"One of our goals 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," Ryan said.

Two key controller innovations

The two controller innovations that Ryan announced were haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Haptic feedback will replace the "rumble" technology found in previous 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," Ryan. "You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud."

Sony Announces PS5 Holiday 2020 Release and New "Immersive" Haptic Controller
PS4 Dualshock. Source: happylemon/iStock

Adaptive triggers have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). As Ryan explains, "they allow developers to 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."

More PS5 specs and details

While little else was revealed by Ryan, WIRED had an exclusive look at the new controllers and learned more details about the upcoming console. 

WIRED did reveal a little more info on the console's specs. They confirmed that the controllers would be making the jump to USB-C.

The PS5 will also use standard 100GB Blu-ray discs, with all games being required to be installed to the internal SSD — this is down to the speed difference between the optical drive and the internal solid-state one.

While downloads are mandatory, Sony says it will allow players to break up the installation of games. Don't want the multiplayer mode of a game? No need to install it.

Another new detail revealed for the PS5 is a “completely revamped user interface.”

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Sony says players will be able to start up a game straight into the specific feature they want to play. For example, if they want to play the online multiplayer part of a racing game, they can launch straight into that mode and bypass the home screen.

2020 is set to reignite the console wars once more.

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