Sony confirms PlayStation 5 launching by holiday 2020

You'll have a PlayStation 5 in your living room as early as the next holiday season.


Sony has officially confirmed that the PlayStation 5 is set to launch holiday 2020, by way of an official announcement on the official PlayStation Blog

A WIRED exclusive covered many of the beats in the PlayStation blog, as Sony mentioned, which reveal plenty of new information about the upcoming system. Perhaps, interestingly enough, the most exciting part of the piece was the fact that the PlayStation 5 will indeed be called the PlayStation 5. It's set to debut by holiday 2020, so if you're looking to pick one up, that leaves an entire year left to save, thankfully.

Sony has been pretty silent when it comes to the PlayStation 5, except for its initial debut with WIRED about the system, and now this continuation piece that delves further into what people should know about the system. So this new block of information has been pretty eye-opening in several regards, which is the most we've heard about the sytem thus far. And it sounds like there's a lot to be excited about. We know that the console will support ray-tracing, and it's not been added at the software level, which should assuage some folks' fears.

"There is ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware, which I believe is the statement that people were looking for," said Cerny on the matter. With that in mind, the PS5 will also feature a souped-up solid-state drive that will offer speed and efficiency. It will be allow developers to take advantage of the space on a drive differently, and the way games are installed on PS5 will change as well. Booting up games will be quicker as well.

Could this be what the PS5 dev kit looks like?
Could this be what the PS5 dev kit looks like?

Unfortunately, there aren't many tidbits about anything beyond the details given about the controller we'll be seeing in the near future or some of the tech specs that have already been shared.

As far as the controller goes, it doesn't have a name yet. According to Mark Cerny, it will feature "adaptive triggers" that can offer different levels of resistance, which can make doing things in-game like aiming with a bow feel totally different. These changes are localized to the trigger buttons, and can produce a "powerful experience that better simulates various actions." The controller will also be adapting haptic feedback to replace the rumble that's been found in PlayStation controllers ever since the 5th controller generation. As you may well be aware, haptic feedback is the same kind of tech that iPhones utilize, and it feels vastly different from typical vibrations 

The controller is capable of offering a variety of different types of feedback. WIRED spent time trying out a series of demos that were able to offer the "resistance" of water, the way driving feels when you swap between the dirt and a track, and a different type of feedback that's different from the old, "rumble" style of play. Sony has confirmed that developers have begun receiving early versions of the new controller to test it out and see what they can do with it, and the team "can't wait to see" what they do with the innovations going forward.

What's next in terms of PlayStation 5 news? Hopefully there's more information to come out later down the line, though we're still very much in the preliminary stages right now. We can't wait to hear more about the PS5 and get our hands on it come holiday 2020. 

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    October 8, 2019 7:45 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Sony confirms PlayStation 5 launching by holiday 2020

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      October 8, 2019 7:48 AM


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      October 8, 2019 9:24 AM

      Now I really wonder what the launch title lineup is going to look like.

      My guess: Horizon Zero Dawn sequel.

      Should really be a Spider-Man sequel, but that’d be awfully quick.

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        October 8, 2019 9:28 AM

        I suspect a lot of cross-platform stuff like Death Stranding, TLOU2, Cyberpunk, RDR2. Maybe even some updated Spider-Man and Dad of War visual updates or perhaps new editions of those too. A Horizon Zero Dawn sequel would sell some units I bet.

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          October 8, 2019 9:29 AM

          Yup, lots of cross gen this year.

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          October 8, 2019 10:56 AM

          You can’t launch a new PlayStation with only cross-platform titles. There will have to be one or two exclusives to bring over the hardcore who already have PS4s.

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            October 8, 2019 12:55 PM

            Bloodborne 2.

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              October 8, 2019 1:24 PM

              I’m on the fence about that being a launch title, because of Elden Ring and also as I could better see that as a second wave exclusive a year later. But Demon’s Souls remaster makes a lot of sense.

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                October 8, 2019 1:26 PM

                The Until Dawn people have a Sony exclusive title that was announced last year but not revealed. I could see that being an early title, especially since they have a lot of good experience working with Sony hardware/software features.

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                October 8, 2019 3:45 PM


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                  October 8, 2019 4:12 PM

                  No. First of all, you have your teams a bit mixed up. Dark Souls 3 WAS the A-team, who did Dark Souls, but not Dark Souls 2. However, Miyazaki directed both Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3, developed concurrently to a great extent, but not DS2.

                  From has always had multiple teams, but this idea that one’s an A-team, as in a premier team, is misleading and only started being bandied around when Miyazaki didn’t direct DS2 and many people didn’t think the level design was as up to snuff as DeS and DS. Before Souls, the teams were split up into the Armored Core/everything else teams, which somewhat morphed into the Xbox exclusives team/everything else and then came back into focus as Miyazaki took on the director role in the late Armored Core era, after Xbox exclusivity ended.

                  Elden Ring is being written and directed by Miyazaki, from a master document from GRRM. Development started as soon as DS3 wrapped up. I actually think that they’re probably combining their teams as one to get it done, as Miyazaki is on record stating this is the largest game they have ever done, by far.

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            October 8, 2019 2:15 PM

            I wouldn't be surprised if it's just one AAA Sony exclusive, like say HZD2, a bunch of indie stuff and a bunch of cross-generation stuff.

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            October 8, 2019 2:43 PM

            Knack 3

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        October 8, 2019 2:32 PM


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          October 8, 2019 2:40 PM

          There’ve been some reasonably credible rumors about it in the past couple of weeks, coming from Bluepoint, the studio that did the Shadow of the Colossus remaster.

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        October 8, 2019 2:36 PM

        That's the best part. It launches with every single PS4 game available. They're pretty unlikely to run worse and will likely run better.

        I expect to see several big games just get 4K patches for quality and frame rate. People who sat on the fence will have a huge library of games at their disposal if they skipped the 4 entirely.

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          October 8, 2019 2:41 PM

          The serial early adopters will want some new titles too.

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        October 8, 2019 2:45 PM

        Guerilla had Killzone Shadow Fall for the PS4 launch but I think they will release the sequel to Horizon after the new console has a year or so out

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