Sony to Release PS5 by Holiday of This Year

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Sony to Release PS5 by Holiday of This Year

At long last, the PS5 is finally ready for release.

After years and years of hype, internet rumors, and scouring tweets, Sony released pictures and debuted the look of their fifth generation of home consoles.

What We Know

With 825 GB, the PS5 does have some features that are somewhat unheard of. However, the real factor that Sony seems to be pushing for here is the controller for the system.

The game will also feature virtual reality compatibility and while only a few titles have been announced, games like Warframe, Gothic, Outriders, Gods and Monsters, and the highly anticipated Silent Hill 5. Backwards compatibility is included as well, though the actual design of the console has yet to be seen.

“When PS4 launched in 2013, the DualShock 4 wireless controller garnered a lot of positive feedback from gamers and developers for being the best PlayStation controller yet, and for introducing forward-looking features like the Share button. This brought us to the next question – how do we build upon that success?”

“After thoughtful consideration, we decided to keep much of what gamers love about DualShock 4 intact, while also adding new functionality and refining the design. Based on our discussions with developers, we concluded that the sense of touch within gameplay, much like audio, hasn’t been a big focus for many games. We had a great opportunity with PS5 to innovate by offering game creators the ability to explore how they can heighten that feeling of immersion through our new controller.”

More Features

One thing to keep in mind is that DualSense also adds a built-in microphone array, enabling players to easily chat with friends without a headset. This is the kind of thing that is ideal for jumping into a quick conversation. But of course, if you are planning to chat for a longer period, it’s good to have that headset handy for any sort of professional gaming.

Here is what Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, had to say about the expanding controller cinematic universe that his company intends to release.

“DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5. The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games – continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future. To the PlayStation community, I truly want to thank you for sharing this exciting journey with us as we head toward PS5’s launch in Holiday 2020. We look forward to sharing more information about PS5, including the console design, in the coming months.”

Great Expectations

So where do we stand? Personally, I think the new controller has a lot of great features. Some really new stuff that can certainly add to the next wave of gaming culture that is sure to come our way. But there is one huge issue. The look of the controller itself.

For a company that arguably has released the greatest controller in the history of the medium (even with all the goodies that Nintendo and Microsoft have offered fans), this new breed looks like the type of off-brand model you might find in the back corner of the gaming section in a late 2000’s Target. A product without a soul, which might sound poetically insane, but compared to the PS4, or even the original Playstation controller, there is certainly something lacking even with all these new cool features Sony has added.

The two most-liked Instagram gaming posts of all time are now this DualSense shot (4.5 million likes) and the PS5 logo (5.7 million likes).

Combined, these two posts generated over 305,000 comments, so the hype is growing tremendously.

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Harrison Giza
Harrison is an esports commentator and gonzo video game journalist, focusing on esports and Call of Duty news for ESTNN. Current writer at Punchland and former contributing staff at Midnight Pulp, Bad Hat Harry, Montecito Picture Co. For inquiries or interviews: [email protected].