We aren’t even halfway through 2020 yet, and Sony has already revealed several details regarding the PS5, its next-generation console. We’ve learned about the console’s technical specs, as well as its new DualSense controller and certain games, and the official website is live. We’ve even seen Unreal Engine 5 gameplay running on the system, and though it was not of a full game, the technical specifications of the system mean we would be approaching photorealism. We’ve also heard reports of what could very well be this year’s Call of Duty game, which will almost certainly release on PS5.
It’s planned to arrive this holiday season, and though Sony hasn’t revealed a final date or price, it will reportedly still arrive in 2020 and the ongoing pandemic is not impacting this timeline. However, a Bloomberg report indicates we may need to prepare for lower-than-expected supplies at launch, as well as possibly reduced or altered promotion compared to Sony’s typical product releases.
First, we know what the console’s official name will be: Unsurprisingly, the console is indeed called the PlayStation 5, just as was to be expected. Additionally, we’ve learned what the logo looks like, and it’s equally unsurprising. The classic PlayStation symbol will also appear on the controller, called the DualSense. The controller’s name reflects its expanded capabilities, including more haptic feedback compared to the DualShock 4 and variable resistance in the triggers. The controller sports a new look, as well, with a two-tone black and white design. During 2019, it was revealed that the PS5 will also have PS4 backwards compatibility and SSD storage, and it will support PSVR. The company has also outlined some green, energy-efficient initiatives it is planning for the next generation.