Sony reveals PS5 logo and promises to deliver ‘the best content’
More details on console will be revealed “in the months ahead”
PlayStation boss Jim Ryan appeared at Sony’s CES 2020 press conference on Monday to promise fans that PS5 will deliver “the biggest and best” in content.
In a brief segment of the show, Ryan unveiled the PlayStation 5’s official logo and said the platform holder will reveal more details on the console and its games “in the months ahead.”
“We’ve announced several key features of the PS5 hardware, which has been engineered with customisations that will truly differentiate the platform, including futureproof technology such as ultra-high speed SSD, 3D audio, Ultra HD Blu-Ray and a brand new controller with haptics and adaptive trigger buttons,” Ryan said.
“With that foundation, PS5 will inspire developers to create expansive worlds with new gameplay experiences that are more immersive than ever before in how they look, sound and feel.
“Our promise to the 100 million-strong PlayStation community is to offer the biggest and best in content and to deliver unique experiences to gamers with unprecedented speed.”
He added: “There’s much more to share about PlayStation 5 in the months ahead and we look forward to revealing more details including the content that will showcase the platform and the future of gaming.
“Community is the bedrock of how we grew our company and it’s why our brand is so beloved. It’s that promise that the PlayStation brand was built on 25 years ago, and we’ll continue our mission to bring that to players all around the world.”
The Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO also revealed that it has sold 106 million PS4 consoles, 5 million PSVR headsets and amassed 38.8m PS Plus subscribers.
PlayStation 5 is set to launch in holiday 2020.
So far Sony has confirmed several PS5 hardware details, with system architect Mark Cerny revealing that the console will be disc-based and support 8K graphics.
PS5 will also be backwards compatible with PS4 games and support the current PlayStation VR headset, although another recently published patent may hint at SIE’s plans for a next-gen PS VR headset.
PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny has called the console’s ultra-high speed SSD “a true game changer”.
More than any other feature, Cerny believes the SSD is “the key to the next generation”.
Sony has used PS4 exclusive Spider-Man to demonstrate how PS5’s SSD will dramatically reduce loading times and improve gameplay experiences, with the in-game camera able to fast travel through the city without pausing for asset loading on next-gen hardware. What takes eight seconds to load on PS4 Pro takes less than one second on PS5.
After demoing the technology at an investor relations event in May, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida told attendees: “The most important way in which consoles create value is by providing users with an immersive gaming experience.”
Images of the PlayStation 5 controller appeared online this week.
One key improvement to PS5’s controller are its adaptive triggers, which Sony says can offer varying levels of resistance to make game mechanics such as shooting a bow and arrow—the tension increasing as you pull the arrow back—feel more realistic.
The PS5 controller also includes haptic feedback, with highly programmable voice-coil actuators located in the left and right grips of the pad.