PlayStation 5 Features We Want to See at Launch

In an interview with Business Insider Japan, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan stated that the PlayStation 5 will embody “more unique elements for PlayStation 5 to come that separate it from previous consoles.” What’s actually fascinating is that he says these distinctive components “have yet to be announced.”

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We already know that the PS5 will embody an SSD, ray tracing help, and that its controller will probably even help adaptive triggers. Assuming that Ryan is not blowing smoke, although, the most important PS5 options have not even been confirmed but. 

What might these options be? Time will inform, however listed here are 5 unannounced options we might like to see on the PlayStation 5 when it launches later in 2020.

Backward Compatibility

At this level, we might be shocked if Sony did not reveal some form of backward compatibility help for the PS5. 

Sony’s usually irritating excuses for why the PS4 did not profit from native backward compatibility choices left many avid gamers with a stack of traditional PlayStation titles that sat on the cabinets gathering mud. Meanwhile, Microsoft turned the Xbox One into the one Xbox you may ever want (see what they did there?) by introducing backward compatibility early and increasing their console’s supported retro library because the years went on. 

Considering the power of the PS4’s library of unique titles, it might be a criminal offense to be taught that we can’t have the ability to play these video games on the PS5 at launch.

Cross-Play Out of the Box

Here’s one other characteristic that Sony might want to help given the developments of this console technology. 

Sony justifiably caught rather a lot of flak for not supporting cross-play multiplayer choices till effectively into the lifespan of the PS4. While they finally corrected that controversial coverage, it nonetheless took fairly some time for a lot of of the PS4’s greatest multiplayer titles to correctly help cross-play compatibility. Meanwhile, Microsoft virtually memed the PlayStation staff on Twitter over their incapability to play good with different consoles. 

There’s nearly no likelihood that the PS5 launches with out correct cross-play help. 

PlayStation Now/PlayStation Plus Combo Membership

You’ll discover that some of the options all through this record are ones that Microsoft applied with the Xbox One that Sony didn’t with the PS4. The PS4 might have crushed the Xbox One in lots of respects, however the Xbox One proved to be an general extra progressive and generally user-friendly console in phrases of its insurance policies and options. That’s very true of the Xbox’s Game Pass program. 

Now that Sony appears decided to transform PlayStation Now into their very own model of Game Pass (not less than in phrases of help), they should supply PS5 homeowners the prospect to bundle PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus. Microsoft is already doing one thing related with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundle for $15, and Sony is beginning to look only a bit foolish for not providing one thing as competitively priced. 

If Sony is critical about increasing the attraction of PlayStation Now, they should supply their customers a better (and cheaper) technique to entry it.

A More Useful Touchpad For the PS Controller

Early reviews point out that the PlayStation 5 controller will profit from some form of haptic suggestions/reactive triggers system. That’s good and all, however what we actually need is a greater PS controller touchpad.

Simply put, the PS4’s touchpad is a bit…err…easy. Sony and different builders sometimes tried to take benefit of the expertise, however most makes use of of it finally got here throughout as gimmicks that did not justify the quantity of area the touchpad took up on the controller. 

We’d like to see a correct PS5 controller touchpad that enables us to do issues like extra simply navigate menus and swap between slots on merchandise wheels extra effectively. Sony simply has to discover a technique to combine such a touchpad in order that it appears like one thing that is value utilizing.  

Expanded Cloud Functionality For Mobile Gaming

This is definitely our most bold want in phrases of PS5 launch options, but when Sony actually is conserving some of the PS5’s greatest options beneath wraps, that is one of the most important reveals they might make.

You can play your Nintendo Switch all over the place as a consequence of its design, and Microsoft’s xCloud program will at some point allow you to play Xbox titles on the go. Even Google Stadia helps cellular gaming (of course, that characteristic hardly negates the service’s different issues). We know that Sony is engaged on (or are not less than enthusiastic about) cloud gaming, and we predict the launch of the PS5 is the proper time for the PlayStation staff to disclose their imaginative and prescient of that future. 

This is a characteristic that Sony might add down the street, but when the Xbox Series X launches with full cloud help and the PS5 does not, it could possibly be a nasty search for Sony. 

Matthew Byrd is a workers author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days attempting to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an more and more perturbed sequence of editors. You can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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