In a blog post today, Sony finally made the PlayStation 5 name official for its next-gen console, and it will be releasing during the Holiday 2020 season.
In addition to the name confirmation and release window, Sony also teased that the console’s controller will have two new innovations. The first is haptic feedback, which will allow for developers to program different feeling feedback based on what players are experiencing. Jim Ryan, President and CEO of SIE, described the feature by explaining:
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.Jim Ryan – PS Blog
The next new controller feature is something Sony is calling adaptive triggers. This mechanic will allow developers to toggle how tight a R2/L2 trigger pull should be. Ryan described this new featured by explaining:
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.Jim Ryan – PS Blog
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
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