The PlayStation 5 Is Launching Late Next Year With An Advanced New Controller

We all knew it was coming. We’ve been sitting on the edge of our seats since it was announced in April this year – but now we’ve been given a (tentative) launch date. That’s right folks, the PS5 will be hitting shelves in time for the holiday season of 2020. You’ve got a year and a bit to be really good, so that Santa can bring you Sony’s newest and shiniest piece of tech.

In an exclusive piece on WIRED, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan and system architect Mark Cerny hint at what we’re going to see in Sony’s next-gen console. There’s still a Blu-ray drive, which functions as a 4K Blu-ray player. The hard drive will be a solid-state drive (SSD), opting for faster loading and installation speeds as well as the ability to choose what to install. This means that you can literally install a single player or multiplayer portion of a game, and break it down even further than previously possible.

The PS5 will have a brand new controller (Sony won’t confirm if it’s called the DualShock 5). This new controller will have an improved speaker, a better battery life, USB-C charging but the most impressive features are haptic feedback (which will allow you to feel even greater vibration through the controller) as well as adaptive triggers (which will allow you to have greater control over things like drawing your bow in Horizon Zero Dawn).

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This piece was then followed up with a post on PlayStation’s US blog by Jim Ryan, announcing that the console’s definitive name will be the PlayStation 5, and that we’ll be seeing it launch in time for Holiday 2020. It was only a matter of time until we heard more about Sony’s next offering, and of course the post goes on to reiterate that the PS4 still has a lot of life left in it yet with titles such as Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima yet to come.

You can read WIRED’s full release here, which goes into depth on the next generation console and has a surprising and exciting amount of detail inside. Interestingly enough, WIRED got to see the PS5 dev kit, which is reported to look exactly like those dev kit leaks that hit the internet last week. Obviously, the actual console might look incredibly different to this.

Additionally, PlayStation’s follow up post can be found here.