Sony Announces Next Console Called PlayStation 5 and Details Controller Changes

Sony has confirmed its next generation console will be called the PlayStation 5 and discussed some controller changes as well.

Sony confirmed the PS5 name and release date before Holiday 2020 on its own blog. It also detailed two big changes for the controller in the form of haptic feedback to simulate different gameplay experiences. The other change called adaptive triggers, allows developers to program resistance into the L2 and R2 triggers to react differently to things like driving off-road or pulling a bowstring.

The most detail was released in a Wired article this morning which went a little more into the console hardware itself. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan discussed ray tracing, the solid state drive, and more details on the controller.

The PS5 UI will allow players to preview multiplayer and single player content before starting the game and to download and even delete each part separately. The Wired article also mentions the controller has an improved speaker and a USB Type-C connector. The controller was apparently identical to a PS4 controller (minus the details mentioned above) but I’m hoping the controller will get a cosmetic and ergonomic overhaul before the PS5 launches.

Check out the Wired article above for more details on the controller batter, a discussion with a developer from Bluepoint Games (of last years Shadow of the Colossus remake), and a little more info on what the SSD means for the PlayStation 5.

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New Reports Claim That Microsoft Will Reveal New Xbox Hardware Platforms At E3 This Year!

This week there have been many reports claiming that Microsoft’s going to show off  “two new Xbox hardware platforms during E3 2019, and that Halo Infinite will launch alongside them,” according to IGN.com.

Based on IGN.com’s translation for “French site Jeux Video’s” report, this new Xbox hardware will be apart of the Project Scarlet family and will be revealed at E3 2019. They also state that it will receive a late-2020 release window. IGN.com’s quotes more information from Jeux Video’s” report and shares the following statement.

“The site claims the rumors that Scarlet consists of two platforms, a weaker Lockhart console and a more powerful Anaconda console, are also true. These will allegedly be announced alongside the rumored partnership between Nintendo and Microsoft.”

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IGN.com reports that rumors are pointing toward Halo Infinite being a launch title for these new consoles with the intent on releasing it for the current Xbox One system later. These rumors also hint at Microsoft-acquired-studio, Ninja Theory, releasing a game early next year for the current Xbox One system and not these newly-enhanced consoles–according to IGN.com.

To provide some credibility to these claims, IGN.com shares Thurott.com’s report “claiming the Scarlet consoles would be unveiled at E3 2019, and claims they will launch in fall 2020 alongside Halo Infinite,” and that the title heavily focuses on “more RPG elements than” the previous Halo games.

Thus, Thurott.com also believes the alleged consoles’ price-point won’t be revealed at E3 this year, and that Microsoft’s currently planning a road-map on what they will discuss at the event this year.

With any rumor, please take these words as mere imaginative ideas as Microsoft hasn’t confirmed them to be fact or fake. However, IGN.com does throw in an interesting January statement from “Xbox head Phil Spencer (…), saying Microsoft will “be as big at E3 as we’ve ever been.” With that in mind, just make sure to proceed with caution and keep your expectations in check.

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