What do we know so far about the hotly anticipated PlayStation 5?
We’re still a little over a year away from the planned launch of the PlayStation 5 – or PS5 – but the internet is already abuzz with rumours of the console and its capabilities. While PlayStation’s parent company, Sony, has been notably more tight-lipped about the next gen console’s specs than their Microsoft competitor, Xbox Project Scarlett, a few morsels of information have still made their way onto the web.
Some of these details are more verifiable than others, so we’re choosing to focus on the elements that have all but been confirmed by Sony. That’s not to say that we’re ruling out the prospect of a camera-less 3D holographic display screen or a built-in camera to aid next-generation streaming, but this article will focus on details that are a little more concrete at this stage.
Controllers haven’t always been the most exciting part of the console experience, but that could change with the arrival of the PS5. The next generation of the PlayStation looks set to do away with its tried and tested in-built rumble technology, replacing it with ‘haptic feedback’ – for the uninitiated, haptic feedback is the tactile response that smartphone users feel when they interact with their device screens.
The absence of rumble packs in theory means space for a larger battery, which will also mean less time having to charge controllers from the console. They are also set to include ‘adaptive triggers’ which will allow developers to program varying degrees of resistance based on in-game scenarios – which means whether you’re wading through waist-high mud or drawing a bow on screen, the adaptive triggers in your controller will reflect the resistance being exerted in game.
Stick with discs
The ongoing evolution of internet speeds and connectivity has helped to supercharge the gaming sector. The rollout of 5G in particular is making on-demand video game services – think Netflix but for Call of Duty enthusiasts – a reality.
Yet despite rapid advancements in this space, Sony isn’t looking to completely rewrite how its customers buy and own games which means there are no immediate plans to replace physical discs. While online games such as Fortnite – which require no disc to play – have captured the attention of countless gamers over the last couple of years, the ‘physical’ gaming industry still commands millions of sales a year.
In fact, the latest rumblings from the internet suggest that PS5 discs will be about 100 GB in size, reducing the need for more than one disc on retail releases. There’s also been suggestions that the next generation of PlayStation will come with a 4k Blu-ray player, giving it the firepower to play ultra HD films and TV shows.
More seamless experience
The PS5 also looks set to improve the console gaming experience in another respect. The current generation of gaming systems have struggled to keep in step with improving graphics and huge in-game worlds, which in turn has meant a slower, less immersive experience for gamers.
The PS5, however, is rumoured to boast the latest chipsets, hardware that can support the latest visuals – such as ray tracing – and a bespoke SSD (think a souped-up hard drive) that will be reportedly 19 times faster than ‘traditional’ SSD storage methods. This means better graphics, quicker processing times and an all-round more seamless experience for PlayStation enthusiasts – including the outside possibility of the removal of loading screens altogether, if a recently filed Sony patent is to be believed.
Then there’s the out-of-game experience that the PS5 will likely provide. The console will offer more simplified game data due to this amped-up SSD. This means that players won’t have to uninstall whole games to make room for others. For example, you could only choose to install the single-player mode of a game at the start and leave the multiplayer installation for a time when you actually needed it.
The current rumour surrounding PlayStation’s next offering are certainly tantalising, so it’s worth keeping an eye on these developments over the next few months. As always, we’ll also expect to see more from games conventions – such as E3 2020 – ahead of December 2020. You can also check out some of our similar posts on gaming here: