PlayStation 5 hits Holiday 2020, gets official name

While many of us are still getting hyped for PlayStation 4-exclusive games like The Last of Us Part II and Death StrandingSony is getting its next piece of gaming hardware ready for the market. Now, Sony has offered up a release date and some all-important hardware details. You can expect to get your hands on one in time for next Christmas, Sony says.

But it’s the hardware details we care about, right? Speaking to Wired, which broke the original PlayStation 5 news earlier this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan and System Architect Mark Cerny confirmed some interesting details.

Back then, they said the console will use a CPU based on AMD’s Ryzen line and a GPU based on the Navi family. Sony is dropping the spinning rust for an ultra-fast SSD.

New details on the PlayStation 5

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First and foremost, Cerny confirmed that, yes, the ray-tracing technology in the PlayStation 5 will be hardware-accelerated. His wording at the time was a bit wishy-washy, while Microsoft specifically said “hardware-accelerated” in their E3 presentation for Xbox Project Scarlett.

Cerny also spoke more about the SSD. He talked before about how it would accelerate loading times significantly over that of a traditional spinning drive, which is something we’re well-acquainted with here.

The speed limitations of these hard drives increase loading times, of course. But they also limit how fast we can move around in games; the system can only stream data from the spinning drive so fast. Developers come up with ideas like slow-opening doorways or specific max speeds to hide that loading. Jak in Jak and Daxter would occasionally trip to allow the game to catch up.

Cerny now says that another benefit is that developers don’t have to duplicate game assets to keep things loading.

“If you look at Marvel’s Spider-Man, there are some pieces of data duplicated 400 times on the hard drive,” he says. That likely means smaller install sizes for games along with that faster loading.

Install in chunks

Speaking of install sizes, Sony is following Microsoft’s lead on the PlayStation 5 with regard to game install options. Microsoft has been looking at ways to optimize game installs, primarily by letting you choose what parts to install.

If you only play the Call of Duty multiplayer, why bother with the single? If you’re never going to take Gears of War online, why install the multiplayer? Sony is doing just that; you’ll be able to install the parts of a game that you plan to play. With both Sony and Microsoft taking this approach, we might see it in PC gaming more frequently, too.

Taking Control(ler)

PlayStation DualShock Controller

Sony also offered up details on the PlayStation 5 controller. With the DualShock 4 a fan-favorite not just for PlayStation users but for those of us firmly on the PC gaming side of things, there’s a lot to digest here.

Sony is bringing what it calls “adaptive triggers” to the system that will “offer varying levels of resistance to make shooting a bow and arrow feel like the real thing,” or to make firing different guns feel substantially different. The haptic feedback in the controller will also be far more detailed than traditional spinning rumble motors.

The Wired article details a demo that takes the writer througha variety of surfaces and tactile experiences; sand felt slow, ice felt slippery, and so on. I can’t help but think of the “Impulse Triggers” on the Xbox One here.

These triggers added extra rumble motors to the Xbox One controller and, on games like Forza Motorsport, add a lot of additional detail to rumble feedback. But outside of those first-party games, very few games use them. Sony and Microsoft will most likely have to both offer this increased haptic fidelity for the hardware to get significant attention from third-party developers.

The controller will also use a USB Type-C connector for charging, but Sony says it will be lighter than the current Xbox controller.

More PlayStation 5 details to come

Sony is keeping quiet on many details about the PlayStation 5. We don’t know what it will look like or how much it will cost. We don’t know how big the hard drive will be. It sounds like the system might have an AI voice assistant (like we need yet another), but Sony isn’t talking about that yet, either.

But we have a name and a release window of Holiday 2020. If the past is anything to go by, that’ll put it somewhere between mid-October and mid-November 2020. Start saving now, kids.

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Navi with hardware ray tracing? Why isn’t this the headline?

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I’m guessing its all the guesswork involved.

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>Cerny also spoke more about the SSD. He talked before about how it would accelerate loading >times significantly over that of a traditional spinning drive, which is something we’re well->acquainted with here. Ehem, I don’t you guys quite get it. Looking at older Techreport reviews show the gains in loading from moving to SSDs are 2x, maybe 3x, and best case 4x. Cerny gave examples where the loading times are 10-15x faster! What they are doing with the Playstation(and the next Xbox) is a huge change from just moving to SSDs as on PCs. It’ll showcase what a dedicated platform… Read more »

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Sounds like I have one year before I am no longer able to pretend my various old computers aren’t really much worse than the consoles. (A 2.8ghz C2Q isn’t so bad!)

Krogoth
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Just in time for the Final Fantasy VII remake……

Dreadcthulhu
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Kudos to Sony for continuing its sensible, sequential naming system, unlike its competitors.

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superjawes

What could possibly be unclear about Xbox, Xbox 360 Core, Xbox 360 Pro, Xbox 360 Elite, Xbox 360 Slim, Xbox One, Xbox 1S, Xbox One X (X.B.O.X.), Xbox Spartan, Xbox 10?

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I am just waiting for MS to announce that the next Xbox will be called “The Original Xbox” just to confuse things even more.

grimdanfango
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Xbox 10 will be the final Xbox, and henceforth they will simply push mandatory 6-month upgrades to everyone.

Rick C
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Rick C

The next Xbox, of course, will be the Xbox One 2.

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I have never liked Sony’s controllers. They’re really not built with adult hands in mind, especially adult hands that might have a little arthritis. They’re cramped and hard to hold on to. The XBox controllers have been superior for usability in every way, except for one: the battery. The built in battery of the Sony controllers is more convenient, and cheaper, than the XBox Controller. To get the same functionality, the XBox controllers require the purchase of an additional, bulky, battery pack.

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Exact opposite opinion here: My huge hands fit perfectly wit hthe Dual-shock (1-3, more on tat in a moment) but the Xbox 306 and XB1 controllers are awful. The ‘clench’ grip fatigues very quickly, whereas the DS ‘palm’ grip means I can grip with my forearms rather than the fingers. Stick layout also makes mores ense: games will generally be dual-stick (anything with 3D movement or with character movement + camera movement, i.e. anything first-person), or use the face buttons + DPAD (e.g. puzzle games, RGPs, etc). Left-stick plus face buttons is a rarity. But that’s the default hand-post for… Read more »

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Cerny now says that another benefit is that developers don’t have to duplicate game assets to keep things loading. “If you look at Marvel’s Spider-Man, there are some pieces of data duplicated 400 times on the hard drive,” he says. That likely means smaller install sizes for games along with that faster loading. Why do developers have to do a hack like this, anyone know what it does? The only think I can think of is it would stop the HD from going into sleep mode and causing the game to freeze for a moment when it needs something and… Read more »

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Do we have any other pictures of the chassis? JAE posted the Hot Hardware article in the forums, and I do not like it. Was a poor departure from the all-black designs preceding it.

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