PS5 due holiday 2020, complete with 4K Blu-ray, haptic controller

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Those dev kits previously reported on? Yeah, they were legit.

The PS5 will launch in late 2020, just in time for the holidays, Sony has today confirmed.

Alongside the confirmation (in the form of an exclusive with Wired), Sony confirmed that the PS5 — or PlayStation 5, specifically — will come with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive and a new haptic DualShock controller.

“First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the ‘rumble’ technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles,” Sony said of the new controller. “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.”

Wired’s story also confirms that Sony will use 100GB optical discs if players choose to go with a physical version of a game. The PS5 will also be backwards compatible with most (if not all) PS4 titles. The PS5 was already confirmed to use an SSD. Finally, it was confirmed that the PS5 dev kits officially shown off by Sony today look quite similar to the dev kits previously reported upon.

We’ll have more on the PS5 as news comes to light.