Sony `PlayStation 5′ Will Have UHD Blu-ray Drive
Sony’s next-generation gaming console will officially be called PlayStation 5 when it hits the market during the 2020 holiday season, Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) president announced Tuesday in a blog on the Playstation website.
Ryan confirmed details on the new game player first reported by Wired.com, including the fact that the device will have an UHD Blu-ray drive and that PS5 games will be distributed on 100GB discs in addition to downloads that will be stored on the player’s Solid State Drive (SSD). In addition, the PS5 will play Ultra HD Blu-ray disc movie titles, which is a feature left off of the prior PlayStation 4 Pro.
Ryan also confirmed reports that the player will incorporate ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware. This will render light effects in a way that will benefit High Dynamic Range (HDR) gaming.
Ryan added that the PS5 will ship with a new controller designed “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.”
He explained the controller will have two key innovations including “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.”
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The second innovation is known as “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,” he said.
The combination of haptics with adaptive triggers will offer better stimulation in various action games, he said.
“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,” Ryan said.
Gizmodo reported the “PS5 devkit” for the new controller looks similar to the current DualShock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4, but Sony is not commenting yet on what the final form factor of the controller will look like. The as yet unnamed new controller will reportedly also include an improved speaker, a larger battery, and a USB-C port.
A big part of the new capabilities of the PlayStation 5 will be improved speed that will turn long loading times into “a blink,” according to the Wired report. The SSD will have both faster raw read speeds and will provide greater space-saving efficiency through new loading techniques.
Sony will release more details on the new gaming system closer to launch.
During the wait for the PS5, Ryan said Sony is continuing to produce new gaming titles and experiences for the PS4, including the upcoming Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima.
By Greg Tarr
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