We will soon arrive at a point where all video games will be consumed in some heightened, and transcended form. They will be freed from the shackles of mere digital facsimile and will instead be conjured within our own minds, our own synapses used to create simulated experiences so realistic they are indecipherable from reality. Should this opening paragraph sound roughly like the plot of the film The Matrix, I - legally - can't stress enough just how much any such similarities are coincidental.
Until then however, we must content ourselves with standard technology. To that end, Sony have announced more details about their latest console. They have confirmed that it will be called the Playstation 5 and is currently scheduled for release in time for Christmas 2020.
President & CEO of Sony, Jim Ryan posted an update to Sony Playstation's US blog concerning the console.
"Since we originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, we know that there’s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring. Today I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020."
While they are yet to provide more concrete details about the console's hardware, the post did contain information about the additions that will be featured on the new console's controller, presumed to be called the DualShock 5.
"First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the "rumble" technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.
"The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.
"In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal."