Stage is set for PS5 v Xbox battle royale20th October 2019
The lines have been drawn for the decisive clash between PlayStaion and Xbox.
Sources from within both Sony and Microsoft have confirmed the much-peddled rumours that the latest incarnations of both consoles will be released just weeks before Christmas 2020 – potentially sparking an unprecedented seasonal spending spree.
Sony showcased the prototype for its highly-anticipated PS5 back in April, with a footnote that some tweaks were still in development. The announcement left some observers believing the console might not be available until Spring 2021.
However, the Tokyo-based outfit has been saying for months that the PS5 would be ready for the end of next year. In August, Jim Ryan – Sony’s president and CEO – said himself that the excitement surrounding the console was gearing up for “Holidays 2020”.
To the unbiased gaming enthusiast, though, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the PS5 release is that it now looks certain to be going head-to-head with the latest Xbox – currently under wraps as ‘Project Scarlett’.
The secretive plans from Microsoft are sketchy, to say the least. The only definite confirmation from the studio HQ in Albuquerque is that it will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X.
Sony, on the other hand, have been shouting about the PS5 throughout 2019 – and that hype will only be ramped up as the clock ticks down on the release date.
Speaking through his blog, Jim Ryan seemed hardly able to contain his excitement over the PlayStation 5 – particularly when waxing lyrical about its ‘next generation’ haptic controller.
“One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion,” he gushed.
“To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller.
“First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the rumble technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles.
“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.”
Sources close to Microsoft are suggesting Sony’s haptic controller may be the reason for the veil of clandestineness surrounding Project Scarlett.
Some believe the designers have taken the Xbox’s iconic controllers back to the drawing board in order to compete with Sony’s remarkable new developments to ensure the 18-year-old platform isn’t left on the beach by the PS5’s huge wave of excitement.
Either way, the diary note – mid-November 2020 – has been set for what could prove to be one of the most fascinating festive fights since the Teletubbies duked it out with Tamagotchi almost 20 Christmases ago.