The PlayStation 5: everything we know so far

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Sony’s next-gen console is called the PlayStation 5, and it’s due to arrive in time for Christmas 2020.

And thanks to a PlayStation Blog post, we now know more details than ever about Sony’s shiny new next-gen console. So sit back, relax, and let us go through some of the major details about the upcoming PlayStation 5.

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Sony’s next-gen console is called the PlayStation 5, and it’s due to arrive in time for Christmas 2020.

And thanks to a PlayStation Blog post, we now know more details than ever about Sony’s shiny new next-gen console. So sit back, relax, and let us go through some of the major details about the upcoming PlayStation 5.

And if you want to keep on top of all the latest news, you can register your interest right here.

Games will load faster than ever

While the PS4 had a spinning disk drive, the PS5 comes with a solid state drive (or SSD). In layman’s terms, that means the console can load games and assets a whole lot faster. For instance, a Wired article from April revealed that a fast-travel loading time of 15 seconds for Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 Pro was reduced to just 0.8 seconds on an early PS5 devkit.

The next-gen console will also support ray-tracing at the hardware level. Essentially, that means that in-game lighting, reflections, and shadows, will all look dramatically more realistic than current-gen systems.

The home screen is getting a handy new feature

While we don’t know yet what it’ll look like, we do know that one new feature of the PS5 home screen is going to come in incredibly handy.

Currently, you need to boot up a game in order to be able to see what’s next on the agenda, whether that’s online multiplayer activities that are available for you to join, or an unlocked mission and its associated rewards in a single-player game. With the PS5, you can view and dive straight into these directly from the home screen, without having to boot the games up first. Pretty neat.

The controllers are getting a major upgrade

The Dualshock 4‘s “rumble” feature is disappearing, as the PS5’s new controller will feature something called haptic feedback instead. The biggest difference is in the sheer range of feedback you’ll be able to feel through the controller.

The folks over at Wired got to take one of these new controllers for a spin recently, testing out both a demo platforming game and a ported version of Gran Turismo Sport. In the former, it was easy to feel the difference between jumping into water, sliding around on ice, and crossing a bouncy wooden bridge. In the latter, driving on the border between the track and roadside meant that they could feel the sensation of driving on both surfaces at once.

Developers can also adjust the amount of resistance felt through the controller’s triggers, meaning that firing a gun, accelerating on a bumpy road, or drawing back a bowstring will all feel completely different.

Will the PS5 be backwards-compatible?

According to Wired, the fact that the PS5 is partly based on PS4 architecture means that it should be backwards-compatible with your PS4 games. You’ll still be able to slot a physical disc into the console, too.

In the meantime, Sony have said that the dev team is currently in the process of verifying whether complete compatibility of PS4 games can be guaranteed, with more information to come later (via Famitsu, translation our own).

When can I get a PlayStation 5?

For now, all we know is that the PS5 will arrive in time for Christmas 2020. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for further details when they’re announced, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest.

In the meantime, there’s still plenty to look forward to on PS4. The PS5 blog post reiterated that we’ll still be seeing major upcoming games like The Last of Us II, Death Stranding, and Ghost of Tsushima on PS4.

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