Sony just confirmed that the new PlayStation 5 is coming out soon. The next generation of consoles is coming out soon, ladies and gentlemen. Here’s what we know so far about the new PlayStation!
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Release Date & Price
The PlayStation 5 will be coming out in Holiday 2020, as confirmed by Sony in their recent blog post. For the price, we don’t really know for sure but judging by history we have a pretty clear idea. Given the PlayStation 4 launched at a price point of $399, the PlayStation 5 should start at around $400-$500 at launch.
It could be more because there’s going to be plethora of new hardware features (rumored ray-tracing & 4K but more on that in a different story) that could command a higher price tag. Sony could also launch new variants of the PS5 with upgraded specs and/or slimmer design, like they did with the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro.
New DualShock Controller with focus on deeper immersion in gaming
The new controller. Sony’s going to replace the vibration tech present that’s been present in the controllers used in the PS4, PS4 Pro, PS3 and other consoles. It’s going to be completely overhauled with new haptic feedback replacing the older rumble technology.
Sony says you’d feel a ‘broader range of feedback’ with this new upgrade.
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.
There’s also going to be new triggers called ‘adaptive triggers’, in the L2 & R2 buttons. You’ll feel different sensations depending on the in-game actions. Sony gave a instance of what this brings –
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
New Design, Improved Cooling, Hardware Overhaul
Another thing we’re sure of is the new design – we don’t know how it’s going to look but it’s going to be different from the PS4. I think the design could be thicker than the PS4 Pro, because the new hardware improvements (especially ray-tracing) will potentially demand more power.
The main feature for the new RTX 20 Series GPUs was the ability to do real-time ray tracing, and these new GPUs have a beefier design & dual fans instead of the single blower styled cooler on the previous GTX 10 Series GPUs and demanded higher TDP. If that went over your head, basically these new graphics cards by NVIDIA had beefier design, more cooling and higher power wattage to be able to support the new feature sets, which is something I’m expecting the new PS5 to also have.
There’s plenty to talk about in terms of what’s upcoming for the PlayStation 5 in terms of the new hardware overhauls so stay tuned, I’ll be writing more stories on the PS5!