PlayStation 5 release date, to launch by Christmas 2020
PlayStation 5 release date revealed as Christmas 2020 and ‘new haptic joypad’ confirmed – what we learned from Sony’s shock announcement.
In a blog post on the PlayStation website, Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 is going to launch globally at the end of next year.
Part of the Press Statement Read: “Since we originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, we know that there’s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring. Today I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020”.
“These updates may not be a huge surprise, but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans, as we start to reveal additional details about our vision for the next generation. WIRED magazine covered these updates and more in a story that posted this morning”.
The games console will come with a new controller that uses enhanced vibration technology.
It will feature a solid-state drive that means games will games boot up faster and cut loading times.
The console’s graphics also get an upgrade with the addition of new technology to improve lighting effects.
The update appears to offer similar upgrades to Microsoft’s rival Xbox console.
The latest version of the Xbox, currently known as Project Scarlett, is also being released around Christmas 2020.
Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said in a blog post on the PlayStation website, that the firm wanted to “deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games” through the controller.
He said it’s all about gaming feeling more realistic, “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,” he added.
There’s currently no pictures of the new console or any word on what games will launch alongside it, but Ryan says the company will be sharing more details on it in the coming months.
It comes at a time when more people are moving away from traditional games consoles to stream games online through a variety of devices, with phones proving most popular.
In recent years, Google and Apple have also launched game subscriptions to rival PlayStation’s Now online gaming service.
See the Press Statement in Full
Featuring a new controller with haptic technology and adaptive triggers.
Since we originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, we know that there’s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring. Today I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020.
These updates may not be a huge surprise, but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans, as we start to reveal additional details about our vision for the next generation. WIRED magazine covered these updates and more in.
The “more” refers to something I’m quite excited about – a preview of the new controller that will ship with PlayStation 5. One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion.
To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. 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.
The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). 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. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.
While there’s much more to share about PlayStation 5 in the year ahead, we have plenty of blockbuster experiences coming your way on PS4, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima. I’d like to thank all PlayStation fans for continuing the journey with us, as we embark on the future of games.
President & CEO, SIE
What is the PlayStation 5 (PS5)?
Sony’s PS5 was originally unveiled in April, but didn’t have a name or a release date.
All we learned at the time were details about its performance, loading times and impressive hardware.
But we now know that the PS5 – the successor to 2013’s PS4 – will be here in time for next Christmas.
The console will be a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox 2, currently only known as Project Scarlett.
PS5 release date – when is the new console out?
In a surprise blog post, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said: “Since we originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, we know that there’s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring.
“Today I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020.”
That’s not a specific date, but it’s effectively a promise that you’ll be able to buy it in the run-up to Christmas 2020.
In reality, that probably means the new console going on sale in October or November.
That’s a great time for a new console to come out, as those months are when blockbuster releases like new Call of Duty games typically happen.
So what’s the likeliest date? Well the PS4 launched on November 15, 2013 – a Friday.
And the PS4 Pro launched on November 10, 2016 – a Thursday.
Based on those launches, we predict either a November 12 or 13 PS5 release date in 2020.
Sony PS5 controller – what do we know?
The October announcement also revealed details about the PS5 controller.
Sony’s new controller will feature haptic feedback that replaces the “rumble” technology typically found in joypads.
That means more vibrating motors in your controller in places like the triggers and even joysticks to give what PlayStation calls “a broader range of feedback”.
“Crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field,” said PlayStation boss Jim Ryan.
“You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.”
The new controller will also feature adaptive triggers – technology built into the L2 and R2 trigger buttons.
Developers will be able to program the resistance of these triggers so you can feel the “tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow”, for instance.
Game creators are already receiving early versions of the new controller.
Will it be able to play PS4 games?
Yes, it will.
The first official revelations confirmed it would be fully backwards-compatible with all PS4 games.
A patent revealed last year but filed in 2016 outlined some pretty nifty technology for automatically increasing the quality of older games when played on a newer networked system.
It showed off the ability to replace textures and audio files on the fly with higher-quality versions as they became available.
The possibilities of this for backwards-compatible games are obvious, but the timing of the original filing doesn’t suggest it’s got much to do with PS5 plans specifically.
Another patent filed in 2019 suggested that the PS5 processor would be able to pretend to be the processors from older consoles, and thus play their games natively.
How fast will the PS5 be?
Loading up a game on the PlayStation 5 will be ten times faster than on PS4, according to a demo shown off by Sony.
A scene that took over 8 seconds to load on top-end PS4 Pro hardware was shown popping up in 0.8 seconds in a video shown to investors.
This demo, shown off in Japan to an audience of investors was recordedby Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki.
The magic happens because the PS4 has to load games off an old-fashioned spinning hard drive, the PS5 will load them straight from a solid-state drive.
Solid state drives have been found in gaming PCs and fancy laptops, like gaming favourite the Razer Blade Stealth, for some time.
They don’t have any moving parts, and your computer can read the data off any part of them right away.
Normal hard drives store data on spinning magnetised plates, so the computer not only needs to spin the plate to be able to read it, it also needs to find and then physically read the correct bit of disc to get the data off it.
The downside is that solid-state drives are much more expensive than normal hard drives, and many fear it’s going to push the price of the new console up.
However, the increased speed means that as well as cutting loading times at the start, things in games can also happen much faster with the new technology.
Games only load a small portion of the game at any one time, and load more as you’re playing in the background.
That means that even once it’s loaded up you can only move in the game’s world as fast as whatever you’re playing on can load the new information.
Showing Spider-Man running on both consoles, Sony demonstrated how much faster it would be possible to swing down New York’s streets on the new hardware without having to stop so the game could catch up.
When the PS5 specs were revealed, Sony reportedly showed a 15-second in-game loading time cut down to less than a second, but this is the first time we’ve seen it in action.