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Gaming • Oct 08, 2019

PlayStation 5 confirmed: 2020 release and next-gen PS5 controller

PlayStation 5 confirmed: 2020 release and next-gen PS5 controller

Sony have confirmed that the PlayStation 5 is the official name for their next console, and revealed that it will release in holiday 2020 - but no specific release date given.

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The console was first teased by Sony in an interview with WIRED, who have now have released another exclusive look into the new console, alongside PlayStation's own confirmation.

"These updates may not be a huge surprise, but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans", Sony states, with WIRED giving the first details of the new controller. 

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New PS5 controller

According to WIRED, the prototype they were given was visually similar to the current-gen Dualshock 4, but Sony's Mark Cerny was apparently keen to point out new features.

One such feature is "adaptive triggers", which "offer varying levels of resistance to make shooting a bow and arrow feel like the real thing."

There's also an improved speaker on the controller, and new haptic feedback, as opposed to the traditional 'rumble' vibration.

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There are some drawbacks though, namely the bigger battery and new haptic feedback causing the controller to be heavier.

PS5 confirmed

As for details about the console itself, there isn't much new in the October 8 announcement, and Sony are likely keeping that under wraps until closer to launch.

Apart from finally confirming the name as the PlayStation 5, which realistically everyone expected anyway, there's not much that we don't already know.

The next-gen PS system will feature an SSD, ray-tracing technology and up to 8K playback as some of its headline features.

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Devkit leak confirmed

This leaked image of a devkit, which many dismissed as fake due to its rather unorthodox design, is apparently actually pretty close to the real deal.

WIRED state that "on quick glance", the real devkit "looks a lot like" the leaked version:

This bizarre design isn't far off the real devkit.

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PS5 Pro?

Could there be a PS5 pro?

There has been a rumor circulating that Sony will actually launch with two consoles – a reasonably priced PS5, and a more pricey PS5 Pro, for the more 'hardcore' players.

There's no mention of this in the October 8 announcement though, so we will have to wait on more details.

A pro version would certainly make sense though, as it would perhaps allow Sony to sell the base version, complete with an expensive SSD, at a lower price point, while making up the margins with the pro version. 

The PS4 Pro was a resounding success, so it would be no surprise if the repeated the model for the next-gen too.

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