Sony announced on Tuesday that its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, with new immersive features giving gamers the tactile experience of virtual worlds, will be launched for the 2020 holiday season.
The Japanese electronics company, which had launched its new console earlier this year, said an important new feature of the updated console would be its immersive controller.
"One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the sense of immersion when you play, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to re-imagine how sense of touch can add to that immersion," said Jim Ryan, Sony president and CEO Interactive Entertainment.
The new controller will offer “haptic feedback” that brings players closer to the action of games.
“With the haptics, you really get a wider range of comments; therefore, crashing into a race car wall is very different from attacking on the soccer field, ”said Ryan. "You can even get a sense of a variety of textures when walking through grass fields or going through the mud."
Another feature will be the “adaptive triggers” built into the controls “so you feel the tactile feel of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle over rocky terrain,” he added.
Sony, which leads the console segment, has announced the move as more players move away from these boxes to stream cloud-powered games from the Internet on a variety of devices.
Google, Apple and others have released game subscriptions that compete with Sony's PlayStation Now cloud video game service.
According to NPD Group, a market research firm, 73% of Americans aged 2 or older play video games, up six percentage points since June from 2018.
Mobile devices remain the most popular gaming platform, with mobile games appealing to gamers from all consumer segments, NPD research showed.