Sony earlier this week confirmed the official name of the PlayStation 5 console that will launch by Christmas 2020 — it’s PlayStation 5, no huge surprise there. The company also revealed some details about the new console’s user interface and announced a brand new controller that will deliver a bunch of exciting features, including improved haptic feedback and USB-C connectivity. But Sony also showed a PS5 dev kit while demoing the new DualShock 5 controller — that’s probably what they’re calling it — and that’s actually an interesting detail in all this influx of PS5 updates. That’s because Sony’s demo events may have confirmed the one awesome PS5 feature that no one saw coming.
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The leaked PlayStation 5 feature that no one saw coming might be real after all
PlayStation (Japanese: プレイステーション, Hepburn: Pureisutēshon, officially abbreviated as PS) is a video gaming brand that consists of four home video game consoles, as well as a media center, an online service, a line of controllers, two handhelds and a phone, as well as multiple magazines. It was created by Sony Interactive Entertainment on December 3, 1994, with the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan, and has been owned by that company ever since.The original console in the series was the first video game console to ship 100 million units, 9 years and 6 months after its initial launch. Its successor, the PlayStation 2, was released in 2000. The PlayStation 2 is the best-selling home console to date, having reached over 155 million units sold as of December 28, 2012. Sony’s next console, the PlayStation 3, was released in 2006 and has sold over 87.4 million consoles worldwide as of March 2017. Sony’s latest console, the PlayStation 4, was released in 2013, selling 1 million consoles in its first 24 hours on sale, becoming the fastest selling console in history. Sony is planning to release the next PlayStation console, the PlayStation 5, by the end of 2020. The first handheld game console in the PlayStation series, the PlayStation Portable or PSP, sold a total of 80 million units worldwide by November 2013. Its successor, the PlayStation Vita, which launched in Japan on December 17, 2011 and in most other major territories in February 2012, had sold over 4 million units by January 2013. PlayStation TV is a microconsole and a non-portable variant of the PlayStation Vita handheld game console. Other hardware released as part of the PlayStation series includes the PSX, a digital video recorder which was integrated with the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, though it was short lived due to its high price and was never released outside Japan, as well as a Sony Bravia television set which has an integrated PlayStation 2. The main series of controllers utilized by the PlayStation series is the DualShock, which is a line of vibration-feedback gamepad having sold 28 million controllers as of June 28, 2008.The PlayStation Network is an online service with about 110 million registered users (as of June 2013) and over 94 million active users monthly (as of May 2019). It comprises an online virtual market, the PlayStation Store, which allows the purchase and download of games and various forms of multimedia, a subscription-based online service known as PlayStation Plus and a social gaming networking service called PlayStation Home, which had over 41 million users worldwide at the time of its closure in March 2015. PlayStation Mobile (formerly PlayStation Suite) is a software framework that provides PlayStation content on mobile devices. Version 1.xx supports both PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV and certain devices that run the Android operating system, whereas version 2.00 released in 2014 would only target PlayStation Vita and (optionally) PlayStation TV. Content set to be released under the framework consist of only original PlayStation games currently.7th generation PlayStation products also use the XrossMediaBar, which is an Technology & Engineering Emmy Award-winning graphical user interface. A touch screen-based user interface called LiveArea was launched for the PlayStation Vita, which integrates social networking elements into the interface. Additionally, the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 consoles also featured support for Linux-based operating systems; Linux for PlayStation 2 and OtherOS respectively, though this has since been discontinued. The series has also been known for its numerous marketing campaigns, the latest of which being the “Greatness Awaits” commercials in the United States.
The series also has a strong line-up of first-party titles due to Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, a group of fifteen first-party developers owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment which are dedicated to developing first-party games for the series. In addition, the series features various budget re-releases of titles by Sony with different names for each region; these include the Greatest Hits, Platinum, Essentials, Favorites and The Best ranges of titles.
In October 2018, Sony President Kenichiro Yoshida stated the necessity of the new PlayStation console. Yoshida said, it has become “necessary to have a next-generation hardware” to replace the PlayStation 4, which is now 5 years old.
In addition to Sony’s PlayStation 5 announcement, we also got more in-depth coverage about the features Sony just announced , which was able to test out the new controller on a PS5 dev kit console. This is where things get interesting because the development PS5 looked a lot like the one that was leaked several times in the past few months — most recently, it was Gizmodo’s story that seemed to confirm all the leaks. From Wired:
The leaked PlayStation 5 feature that no one saw coming might be real after all
Next, a version of Gran Turismo Sport that Sony had ported over to a PS5 devkit—a devkit that on quick glance looks a lot like the one Gizmodo reported on last week. (The company refused to comment on questions about how the devkit’s form factor might compare to what’s being considered for the consumer product.)
While Sony might not be ready to share any PS5 design details at this time, the main takeaway from the paragraph above is that the PS5 device that developers are using to come up with new games for the console looks a lot like the design that Sony patented. After all, that’s where it all started. A design patent was discovered a few weeks ago, and then people started confirming that Sony was actually using that design in real life. And that’s how we ended up with the PS5 renders seen above.
This brings us to a different patent that describes the impressive PS5 feature I was talking about. Sony has been developing a voice assistant of its own, which we’ll call PlayStation Assist for lack of a better/official name. The assistant would be able to respond to various game-related questions during gaming sessions, offering players clues and tips in real-time (image above). That way, they wouldn’t have to stop playing to browse the web for help.
The assistant would also work on mobile phones via a companion app that would deliver stats about games, as well as live information about what’s going on in a particular game. That’s something that hasn’t been done before, and something other intelligent assistants can’t offer.
Sony is far from confirming the feature, and the company had to deflect Wired’s questions about a microphone-like hole on the new DualShock controller — emphasis ours:
He says this like he says many other things: knowing he’ll fend off any follow-up question that ventures beyond what he wants to talk about. Like, What does the UI actually look like? Or, How big will the SSD be? Or even, Is that a microphone? Which is exactly what I ask when Cerny hands me a prototype of the next-generation controller, an unlabeled matte-black doohickey that looks an awful lot like the PS4’s DualShock 4. After all, there’s a little hole on it, and a recently published patent points to Sony developing a voice-driven AI assistant for the PlayStation. But all I get from Cerny is, “We’ll talk more about it another time.” (“We file patents on a regular basis,” a spokesperson tells me later, “and like many companies, some of those patents end up in our products, and some don’t.”)
Yes, not all the tech that gets patented ends up in new products. But these patents, including the design one above, were discovered just recently. And Wired’s story just confirmed that the V-shaped PS5 dev kit is real.
Yes, we’re still speculating here. But wait, it gets better.
In the same Wired piece, EA chief studio officer Laura Miele discussed loosely the PS5’s hardware, at which point she mentioned the console will support machine learning — again, emphasis ours:
“I could be really specific and talk about experimenting with ambient occlusion techniques, or the examination of ray-traced shadows,” says Laura Miele, chief studio officer for EA. “More generally, we’re seeing the GPU be able to power machine learning for all sorts of really interesting advancements in the gameplay and other tools.” Above all, Miele adds, it’s the speed of everything that will define the next crop of consoles. “We’re stepping into the generation of immediacy. In mobile games, we expect a game to download in moments and to be just a few taps from jumping right in. Now we’re able to tackle that in a big way.”
EA could certainly develop games that make use of machine learning for whatever purposes. But if the hardware supports machine learning out of the box, that means Sony might take advantage of it as well.
You know what machine learning is good for? Virtual assistants, including Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and the likes. And that’s another hint that PlayStation Assist might be real.
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