This is more of a story that reports something we kinda already knew. Sony announced the PlayStation 5 “holiday 2020” release is confirmed. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan told Wired. And the name’s confirmed, too: It’s officially called the PlayStation 5. Neither of which was a major surprise at all.
Ryan and system architect Mark Cerny spoke to Wired about the new console in an interview published on Oct. 8. The first thing Cerny wanted to clarify about the PlayStation 5 is about ray-tracing, which gives 3D environments impressive lighting. Ray-tracing is enabled not by “a software-level fix,” Cerny said, but with “ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware.”
The developer also discussed the efficiency of using a sold-state drive in the PlayStation 5, which will “save crucial space,” according to Wired. Copies of PlayStation 5’s physical games will be shipped on 100 GB optical disks “inserted into an optical drive that doubles as a 4K Blu-ray player.”
The PlayStation 5 will also allow players to customize their installation process, meaning users will be able to install “just a game’s multiplayer campaign, leaving the single-player campaign for another time,” Cerny told Wired. Another option, he suggested, is “just installing the whole thing and then deleting the single-player campaign once you’ve finished it.”
Cerny also spoke about the controller — presumably called the DualShock 5, because that’s how their naming scheme works — and its “adaptive triggers” that are designed to adapt, naturally, to different weapon types, like a bow and arrow or a machine gun. Wired’s Peter Rubin played through a few short demos on the PlayStation 5 and said the controller gave games a “distinct — and surprisingly immersive — tactile experiences.”
No specific games were named for the PlayStation 5 “holidays 2020” release. As that makes a lot of sense, given that the game is more than a year from release and we don’t know how many game will be ready by the release date.
The full interview is available over on Wired. In April, Sony confirmed the first details of the PlayStation 5 in an earlier interview with the site. The PlayStation 5 “holiday 2020” is no surprise to anyone with an ounce of sense. Many online sites believed it would come out holiday of 2019, which made no damn sense. Primarily because Sony skipped out of E3 this year, that would’ve have dominated the news space. We predicted that it would come out either Spring or Winter 2020.
The PlayStation 5 “holiday 2020” release date gives Sony the ability to hype the console through the coming year, as well as dominate E3 2020. Unlike Microsoft’s weird tease of their new console, which didn’t show anything and sort of left everyone feeling “meh” about the announcement. The big decision for some people that haven’t got a PS4 yet will have to decide to get a PS4 on discount or save up for the PS5.