Sony to Launch PlayStation 5 in Holiday 2020

Posted on October 8, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Games, PlayStation with 6 Comments

Sony confirmed today that it will launch its next-generation PlayStation video game console in time for the holiday 2020 selling season.

“Since we originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, we know that there’s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring,” Sony president Jim Ryan announced. “Today I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020.”

In addition to confirming its launch plans, Sony revealed that it will ship a new controller with its PlayStation 5 console. There’s no official name yet—presumably, it will be called the DualShock 5—but there are plenty of details about the two major changes it’s making:

Haptic feedback. Sony is adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in its previous controllers. “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,” Ryan explains. “You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.”

Adaptive triggers. Sony is incorporating adaptive trigger technology into the new controller’s trigger buttons (L2/R2). This will allow developers to customize the resistance of the triggers so that you players feel tactile sensations when their in-game characters do things like “drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.” It works in tandem with haptic feedback to “produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions,” Ryan adds.

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6 responses to “Sony to Launch PlayStation 5 in Holiday 2020”

  1. MikeGalos

    Microsoft announced Xbox Project Scarlett will be out in time for Holiday 2020 back in June so four months later Sony announces the PlayStation 5 will be out in time for Holiday 2020.

    Is anyone surprised by that date? Anyone at all?

    Now, Sony, how about some specs?

    • Skolvikings

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      I mean, the holiday season is when most of these things are released. And we all knew both Xbox and PS would release their next generation consoles in 2020. So yeah, no surprise.

    • Ron Diaz

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      Now Microsoft, how about some games?

    • tripleplayed

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      Late 2020 has been the expected date for these consoles for years. Nothing really surprising. As for specs, Sony has already said it will have the latest AMD tech with an SSD etc... Its basically the same hardware that the Xbox will use. (I should be able to dual boot the PS5 and Next Xbox's OS on either console lol)

      Haptics in the joysticks sound great though. Hope Microsoft does the same. I don't have much hope for the PS5's controller battery though. My PS4 controller batteries are horrible. Don't last very long.

  2. Skolvikings

    The controller changes sound great. I can't wait to get a PS5 next year.

  3. glenn8878

    2020 will be a great year.