Sony Confirms PlayStation 5 Will Officially Be Released For Christmas 2020

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Gaming
Published 08.10.19

It’s official: The PlayStation 5 has an actual release date. And we can now finally start scraping our cash together to get one.

But when’s the next Xbox coming out? Who cares?!

It’s been a long time coming, but after a good while spending hours on our beloved PlayStation 4s, it looks like they’re soon going to be phased out, with Sony announcing that the next generation is on the way.

Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), said the company will now begin to reveal additional details about the vision for the next generation and are “proud” to announce the new console.

When will the PlayStation 5 be released?

Sony will be releasing the PlayStation 5 to the world come late 2020, in time for the holiday buying rush.

It was pretty obvious they’d do something like that, really, but to get an official statement on Twitter is pretty exciting.

The SIE CEO went on to say:

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.

How about the PlayStation 5 controller?

Mr Ryan expanded on his comments about touch, saying that the new controller will have a much more extensive feedback, rather than the usual DualShock vibrating we’re used to.

He explained:

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.”

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He then went on to say that the interface of the controller itself will also get a slight makeover, with the trigger buttons having optional resistance…

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.

What does the PlayStation 5 look like?

According to LetsGoDigital, at the Brazilian INPI patent authority, a mock of a new console – courtesy of Sony’s technical director Yusuhiro Ootori – has been submitted on a patent.

The middle of the console appears to be in the V-shape, perhaps as a reference to the Roman Numeral for five. It has a number of what look like USB ports on the front and a disk slot.

There’s also huge vents on the sides and honestly, it looks like 90s tech. I’m not a fan currently, but they may be able to win me back with some PlayStation 1 nostalgia if they lean into that.

Will the PlayStation 5 have backwards compatibility?

If rumours are to be believed, then yes it effing well will.

A patent was leaked to the public that involved technology that would allow PlayStation 5 users to play games from previous models.

However, there’s speculation that this will only include PlayStation 4 games, as 1, 2 and 3’s popular attractions are available on PlayStation home, which Sony want to keep alive.

Should I buy a PlayStation 4 if the PlayStation 5 is coming out next year?

That’s completely up to you. While it is tempting to wait and save the money, there’s still more to come from the current generation of console.

It was recently announced that Sony would be introducing cross-platform play to the PS4. Jim Ryan went on to speak of his excitement about what’s coming to this console. He wrote:

While there’s much more to share about PlayStation 5 in the year ahead, we have plenty of blockbuster experiences coming your way on PS4, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima.

I’d like to thank all PlayStation fans for continuing the journey with us, as we embark on the future of games.

Exciting times!

Images via Sony, Getty, LetsGoDigital