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A new console means a new controller
There’s been plenty of rumours flying around about futuristic looking dev kits and a radical design overhaul, but all of these seemed a bit far fetched given Sony’s track record of relatively conservative console design. They’ve been the most successful console manufacturer since the launch of the original PlayStation back in the 90s, so if it’s not broken, why try to fix it?
At least, that’s what we though until Sony unveiled the PS5’s controller. The DualSense is perhaps the biggest overhaul of the iconic DualShock controller, at least since joy-sticks were added, and also hints at a bold new direction for the design of the PS5, perhaps away from the standard ‘black box’ look that Sony have gone for since the PS2.
SSD backed power
While the promised capacity of the launch PS5, 825GB, may come as a slight disappointment (particularly as games such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare already clock in at more than 200GB), it comes with one big caveat. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are switching from standard hard drives to SSDs this time out. The key benefit of these SSDs over standard memory is that they can be accessed much faster – meaning that many of the cumbersome, irritating loading screens we’ve become accustomed to over the past decades of gaming may soon be a thing of the past.
An October release?
Past console launches and shopping trends suggested that Sony would most likely be launching the PS5 in November, perhaps a couple of weeks before Black Friday to ensure their new console didn’t get lost in the hype for the biggest shopping day of the year. However, a job posting – which Sony have subsequently distanced themselves from – suggests that the console may in fact see the light of day earlier, in October. Both Sony and Microsoft are acutely aware that getting their console released first – even by a couple of weeks – could have a big boost to their long-term prospects. Neither will want to blink first and risk the other company bumping their release date.