Sony provides some drip-feed info about its next-generation console, but the main points are that, actually, it's going to be called PlayStation 5, and you're going to have to wait until the end of 2020 to enjoy it. We have received the first new details for Sony's upcoming gaming console on new controllers. Talk of haptics. Some of them.
Let's get the new controller going. Sony is discussing a new haptic feedback technology to replace the traditional' rumble' effect that has been on the console for PlayStation for decades. This feels more like Nintendo's high-level rumble technology brought on board with the Switch— but never quite found a place for it. (The feature was dug by the Switch Lite.)
On the PS5, controller shakes offer a wider rumble range, and the company goes so far as to say such a sophisticated sense of touch, you can feel the difference between running across grass fields and plodding through dirt. Somehow.
The other major update is the adaptive controls, which will come to the L2 and R2 keys. Developers of games can program the giving of these buttons to reflect pressure and strength in the game, such as pulling a bowstring or speeding in the vehicle. Apparently, the model controller itself still looks much like the DualShock 4 of the PS4. Obviously, it will also be powered by USB-C. Hurrah.
Wired received even more responses, including news that the PS5 will use GPU technology to tackle ray tracing techniques— one of the early online debates that began when Sony's Mark Cerny first started to describe the device.
Yes, a particularly fast SSD drive has been verified yet again, but for gamers and their constantly updated games a different way of playing games could be just as useful. Cerny said to Wired: "We're having finer-grained access to the data than treating games like a big data frame."
That could mean that you can only pick the multiplayer component of a game, and access a portion of the single player experience so that you can play as quickly as possible. Rest assured, there will still be physical games on the PS5, on a new drive that acts as a 4 K Blu-ray display on 100 GB optical disks.