Sony Interactive Entertainment officially announced today that the next-generation PlayStation will be called PlayStation 5 and will be released next Holiday in 2020.
When the PlayStation 5 launches next year, It will have a new controller that features haptic feedback, USB-C charging port, a much larger battery capacity, and more.
Here are some important tidbits of new information about the PS5, via Wired:
- PS5 will support ray-tracing. Per Mark Cerny, “There is a ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware”
- Games will still use blu-ray discs that have a capacity of 100GB
- Game installation is mandatory, “Rather than treating games like a big block of data, we’re allowing finer-grained access to the data,” Cerny said. For example, you may be able to install just a game’s multiplayer campaign and leave the single-player campaign for later. Or install the whole thing and delete the single-player campaign when you have finished.
- The dashboard or the UI will be completely revamped, “Even though it will be fairly fast to boot games, we don’t want the player to have to boot the game, see what’s up, boot the game, see what’s up,” Cerny said. “Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real-time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player, you just jump right into whatever you like.”
- The PS5 controller looks like the DUALSHOCK 4 but will have a little hole in it, which Mark Cerny will discuss later. Instead of rumble, the new controller will feature haptic feedback.
- The new controller will use a USB Type-C connector and will be heavier than the DUALSHOCK 4, but it will still be a little lighter than the current Xbox controller with batteries in it.
- Bluepoint is currently working on a PS5 title.
- The PS5 will come with SSD
We are about more than a year away, so that gives the PS4 more time to shine. Don’t forget that the system still have a lot of games coming like The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, and of course, Ghost of Tsushima.
Stay tuned for more PS5 news in the near future. For now, let’s enjoy what little time the PS4 has.