PlayStation 5: Here is everything we know so far about Sony’s next console

Yesterday, Sony officially announced when we can expect the PlayStation 5 to be launched. The anticipated console will be playable by Christmas 2020.
A closeup of the Playstation buttons found on the Playstation controller
The next generation of the PlayStation will arrive during the 2020 holiday season. Photo: Ihnderson Vieira via Pexels

To get our mouths watering ahead of its release in just over a years’ time, Sony gave away some key features of the PS5. Even though we do not know what the gear will look like, there are some key factors that will make us count down the days till we can get our hands on it.

Faster hard drive

Wired reports on PlayStation’s upgrade from a hard drive to a solid state drive. SSDs don’t have any moving parts, so the console can read the data off any part right away. This will massively save loading times and reduce game freezing. Even though PC gamers have enjoyed the luxury of gaming through SSDs for years, this is a breakthrough for commercial console gaming.

However, SSDs are generally more pricey than standard hard drives. Therefore, the enhanced mechanics may mean gift buyers may have to work a little more overtime during next year’s holiday season. Along with an improved drive, the PS5 will support ray tracing, which is a technique that displays more realistic lighting and shadowing.

This rendering process is what Hollywood blockbusters and popular television dramas use to create outstanding CG work. Ray tracing allows modern projects to look extremely real, however the technique hasn’t been be applied to gaming till now.

An image with HDD and SSD storage disks on a table
Despite generally being much smaller than HDDs, SSDs are much more faster than their counterparts. Photo: Simon Wüllhorst via Flickr

New look

Sony used its exclusive title, Spider-Man to display how the new features improve the gaming experience. Two versions of the game were shown side-by-side, with one on PS4’s engine and the other on the PS5 mechanics. Subsequently, Spidey looked much more at home on the new console.

Furthermore, the PS5 is tipped to be ten times quicker than its predecessor. In Sony’s demo to investors, a scene that previously took eight seconds to load, only took 0.8 seconds on the PS5.

Spiderman sticking to a wall about to swing
According to demos shown to select investors, Spider-Man is even more eye-catching on the PS5. Photo: BagoGames via Flickr

New features

One huge bonus that the upcoming project will have is backwards compatibility. Sony loyalists have been calling for this feature on the launch of new flagship consoles since the first edition of the PS3. Hopefully Sony don’t change their minds on this feature like they did with subsequent editions of the third generation console.

PlayStation 5 will also be VR compatible following Sony’s breakthrough in the virtual reality market with the PlayStation VR. The company has sold over 4.2 million units of the product since its introduction in October 2016.

Additionally, the controller for the PS5 will feature ‘haptic’ feedback, replacing the traditional rumble technology in PlayStation’s existing DualShocks. Ultimately, this means that there will be more vibrating motors in the joypad to give a greater range of feedback.”.

There will no doubt be many more aspects announced for the PS5 heading into next year. Launch titles, online capabilities and other special features will hopefully be revealed soon. We will update on any further news.

What do you think of the features that we know the PlayStation 5 has so far? Let us know your thoughts on the announcements in the comments.

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