PlayStation 5 name, late 2020 release confirmed by Sony

The PlayStation 5 will definitely be named PlayStation 5 and is being released in late 2020, Sony has confirmed.

In a blog post and lengthy feature in Wired magazine, other details have been revealed about the next-generation gaming console by two PlayStation bosses.

They answered questions fans have had about the unit's ray-tracing capabilities and solid-state drive (SSD), as well as announcing what gamers can expect from the new controller.

The PlayStation 5 (PS5) controller will replace the current rumble technology for new haptic feedback technology that is described as "surprisingly immersive".

"The haptics can enable some astonishing effects," writes Wired's Peter Rubin, who had a play with the new controller.

"I ran a character through a platform level featuring a number of different surfaces, all of which gave distinct - and surprisingly immersive - tactile experiences. Sand felt slow and sloggy; mud felt slow and soggy.

"On ice, a high-frequency response made the thumbsticks really feel like my character was gliding. Jumping into a pool, I got a sense of the resistance of the water; on a wooden bridge, a bouncy sensation."

Sony also confirmed the PS5 will have a 4K Blu-ray player and use 100GB optical discs for physical games, all of which will have to be installed to the internal SSD. But unlike current consoles, players will only have to install the parts of a game they want on the PS5, not the entirety of data.

Sony is still refusing to say how big the SSD will be, which is important information as it will dictate how many games can be stored on the unit.

When the first PS5 details were announced in April, one that got a lot of people talking was support for ray-tracing - a feature that allows for complex light and sound effects to be rendered in a 3D space.

But some feared Sony would pull software tricks to achieve ray-tracing.

"There is ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware," PS5 system architect Mark Cerny has now told Wired, rebutting those fears.

The new console also promises a "completely revamped user interface" that will show off far more detailed social features on the home screen.

The new information adds to what was already known about the PS5's tech specs:

  • An eight-core CPU (based on AMD's third-gen Ryzen line)
  • A custom GPU based on AMD's Radeon Navi hardware
  • A custom, 'ultra-fast' SSD
  • '3D audio'
  • Support for 8K gaming, and 4K gaming at 120Hz
  • PS4 backwards compatibility

The PS5 is set for a release in the holiday period of 2020, which generally means November or December. Its main rival, the next-generation Xbox console, will be released in the same period.