PlayStation 5 Console Reveal Teased, Still On Track For 2020 Release
Now that Sony has unveiled the all-new DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5 and offered a comprehensive rundown of the next-gen hardware's specs, all that's left to do is reveal the console itself. Fortunately, it seems like that day isn't too far off. This is according to Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan, who said recently that our first look at the machine will arrive in the "coming months".
Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Ryan assured fans that we'll be learning a lot more about the console - including its design - in the months ahead. He also reaffirmed that the PS5 will be launching during the 2020 holiday period, as initially planned.
This is actually the first official (re)confirmation of the release date we've had from Sony after a period of uncertainty. Numerous analysts warned last month that current global events could have an impact on the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Microsoft was fairly quick to rebuff these claims and commit to its intended release window. I suppose Sony could only ever follow suit.
Ryan also teased that the PS5 will have a number "innovative features" that could be "transformative" for the gaming industry. He didn't reveal what any of these new features might be, but I can tell you now that if Sony reveals a new Move controller in the next few weeks I am out.
While it remains to be seen what the console itself looks like, perhaps we can glean a few clues from the DualSense controller? After all, the brand-new PS5 controller is quite a departure from the DualShock models that preceded it. In fact, it's already being made fun of a ton on Twitter for its sci-fi trappings... but I dig it - even if it does look way better in black.
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In a statement accompanying the DualSense reveal, Sony said that the new controller would maintain "much of what gamers love about DualShock 4 intact, while also adding new functionality and refining the design", and offering a new level of immersion to players.
"We had a great opportunity with PS5 to innovate by offering game creators the ability to explore how they can heighten that feeling of immersion through our new controller," Sony added. "This is why we adopted haptic feedback, which adds a variety of powerful sensations you'll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud."
"We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow."
Between this, an ultra fast SSD that can enable faster loading times and larger open worlds, and some generally meaty specs under the hood, the PS5 is shaping up to be a real step forward from its predecessor. I just hope the damn thing looks as awesome as it sounds.
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