October 10, 2019

Sony Corp. has announced  the release of its next-generation video game console, called the PlayStation 5, will be in time for the year-end shopping season in 2020.

The PlayStation 5 will have an UHD Blu-ray drive. PS5 games will be distributed on 100 GB 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, a feature left off of the prior PlayStation 4 Pro.

The PlayStation 5 will feature beefed-up graphics including ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware, a data-heavy technology to realistically simulate how light shines and reflects off objects in a fast-moving scene. It will also have a component that allows fast boot-up of games and controllers that will have a more advanced form of rumbling feedback.

Another 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.

The PS5 will ship with a new controller designed to deepen the feeling of immersion and touch sensitivity when games are played.

Sony will release more details on the new gaming system closer to launch.