PS5 Features: What We Know

The PS5 has a release window and Sony has dropped some PS5 features for us to salivate over. Sony Interactive Entertainment’s President and CEO, Jim Ryan, released a statement in the Playstation Blog. We can expect the release to be some time in the holiday season of 2020. There is no real surprise there. The rumor mill was pretty accurate on most of the features we will be seeing next holiday. Let’s go through a few of the most noteworthy PS5 features things coming our way.

Games First! 

The PS5 user interface is getting a face lift, which is nothing that unexpected. In an article on Wired, Mark Cerny, lead architect said;

“Even though it will be fairly fast to boot games, we don’t want the player to have to boot the game, see what’s up, boot the game, see what’s up” Cerny explains.

“Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them – and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player you just jump right into whatever you like.”

This will give you to option to get into the meat of the game, pick up where you left off and get right down to what you want most. Playing the game. It sound like the PS5 will give you the option skip all those pesky boot up screens and menus and join right in to where you left off. A feature that will get used regularly.

Only install specific parts of a game

This one has me a little confused. Yet at the same time, I see the point. Sony has confirmed that you will be able to install specific parts of games. In a nut shell, if you only want to play the single player portion of a game. You will have the option to choose just that section of the game, download it and play it. When you are done and want to go into MP. Then you can download that at a different time. Or all at once if your heart so desires. This is a handy option when you want to get into MP matched sooner then later. You can download only the MP side of the game. Then while you are tearing things up in MP, you can have the single play campaign downloading quietly in the background.

Ray-Tracing Hardware

This is big new for all you hardware junkies. The PS5 will have ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware. Which is going to make the lighting and sound for the PS5 truly shine on screen. Originally thought to be hidden away in the software level, Mark Cerny confirmed that it will be where it will work the best. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is.

The NEW DualShock controller

The new PS5 controller is something that will need to be used to appreciate. The design is much like the PS4 controller, however it’s whats inside that counts. The traditional rumble has been replaced with a haptic rumble. Which will give the developer the ability to customize the feedback through the game. Giving each movement it’s own feel while playing. When you take a hit in NHL, it wont feel the same as wrecking into a wall in a racing game.  This will also translate though your fingertips on the L2 and R2 buttons, which are being replaced with “Adaptive Triggers”. They will offer varying levels of resistance based on what you are playing. San we say actual brake resistance in a racing game? Please say yes!

Other improvement include a new and improved integrated speaker and a new USB Type-C connector for charging. Which may not seem as important as the new vibration options, but it will make things far more convenient. One other thing to note, the new PS5 controller will be slightly heavier then the PS4 controller, but still lighter then an Xbox controller with batteries in it.

4K Blu-Ray Support

The article confirmed that the PS5 will play “100GB optical disks” as well as 4K blu-rays. Which is great news, since they are actully going to stick to some form of physical disk style games. The PS4 Pro didn’t include 4K blu-ray support, so, from a gaming aspect. This will give developers the option to shove as much content into a next-gen game as the can.

What are you thoughts on the upcoming PS5? Is it a must have? Who is looking forward to more info on the PSVR? Let talk about!

Don’t forget, the are some exciting games coming out for the PS4 too. Like The Last of Us 2, you know you wanna know more.

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