Sony has finally unveiled the details of the upcoming PlayStation console, including the release date and confirmed that it will be called the PlayStation 5. 

The company made the announcement on their website on Tuesday. 

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Back in April, Wired reported that the PS5 was a working title and unveiled a few speculated features about the console. 

According to PS4 lead system architect Mark Cerny, Sony is bringing 8K graphics, solid state hard drives, and 3D audio. There will also be backwards compatibility with all current PlayStation 4 games. This means you wouldn’t have to hold onto your PS4 to play the rest of your games catalog.

The PS5 is poised to include a variety of new and different hardware, like an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s Ryzen line and a custom GPU built on AMD’s Radeon Navi, which means the console will be able to support a powerful graphical bump called ray-tracing. It’s much more impressive than anything you’ve seen on a console before. And unless you’re typically a PC gamer, you probably don’t have any idea what it’s like. Think impeccably realistic shadows and lighting that look far more striking than anything other consoles have been capable of before.

Replacing the hard drive with an SSD also means that you’ll have faster load times and improved gameplay performance. Wired described a demo with Marvel’s Spider-Man that took only 0.8 seconds on an early version of the PS5 compared to 15 seconds on a PS4. If that sounds impressive, you haven’t seen anything yet. Solid state drives have been important components of PC gaming for some time, so to see them used in consoles will drive improvements for console games considerably.

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Now, the company has unveiled more details outside of the hardware about the console, including that it will drop during the holiday season of 2020. 

“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,” PlayStation President and CEO Jim Ryan posted on the company website. “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.”

The company gave Wired an exclusive story about the details, including the revamped controller. 

“One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion,” Ryan also wrote in the statement. 

“To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles,” he continued. “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.”

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“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”

The company tweeted the exciting announcement about the upcoming console. 

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