PS5 Release Date Set for “Holiday 2020,” Haptic Feedback & Adaptive Triggers Part of New Controller

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To the surprise of possibly no one, Sony has today confirmed the PS5 release date as set for “Holiday 2020,” which is what everyone is expecting it to be. This means that by this time next year, we could possibly be on next-gen! Exciting!

Also confirmed today and to no one’s surprise, the next-gen PlayStation is indeed called the PlayStation 5 — as if Sony is suddenly going to abandon its decades-old brand, no? What’s new is, Sony has confirmed that we’ll have a new controller for the PS5, and it’ll feature haptic feedback, and adaptive triggers (nope, not extra bumper triggers).

Here’s Sony’s explanation of the two tech included in the PS5 controller that may or may not be called the DualShock 5:

Hapctic Feedback: First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. 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.

Adaptive Triggers: The second innovation is something we call 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. 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.

Hopefully, one of these new features are a standard back buttons that are mostly used for shooters. Then again, that might put companies like SCUF out of business, so Sony has to consider that too.

In other PlayStation news, Sony has rolled out the 7.00 firmware update today. However, it also pulled Facebook support for the PS4 earlier this week, which means the PS5 might not include it as well.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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