Sony tease PlayStation 5’s “unique” features

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan has been talking to Business Insider Japan and revealed that the PlayStation 5 should launch in country at the same time it is released in the West. The PlayStation 4 launched in Japan quite a while after it landed on our shores, and console manufacturers have previously staggered the release of new hardware across territories to try and stop stock shortages, but nowadays customers will often pre-order a new device which makes stock distribution things much easier for the suppliers.

Jim also explains why the PlayStation 5 logo is similar to the PS4 design, and that Sony will continue to support PlayStation 4 players when the new console launches. He also teased some big new features for the console that are not present on PS4.


Here’s excerpts from the interview, translated by the lovely people over at Gematsu. 

On the Similarities Between the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 Logos

Jim Ryan: “It is important to give off a sense of consistency for products within the PlayStation brand. It is a must for anyone who sees [the logo] to immediately and positively think, ‘That’s PlayStation.’

“There are over 100 million PlayStation 4 owners—there is a community there. We have an obligation to keep them happy, interested, and absorbed [in PlayStation].”

On the Migration from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5

Jim Ryan: “During the migration from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, there will still be a great deal of PlayStation 4 users. That is very important and we have an obligation to those users. In the same way, we need to work out new appeals for PlayStation 5. This year will be a tough, but special year for us compared to previous console releases.”

On the Unique Appeals of PlayStation 5

Jim Ryan: “Each time a new console is released, the processor and graphics improve. Those are enticing of course, but we need to have special appeals as well. We have already confirmed the use of an solid-state drive. Having load times that are next to nothing is a major change.

“3D audio and the haptic feedback support of the controller are also things that, when you try them, you will be surprised at how big a change they are. Even just playing the racing game Gran Turismo Sport with a PlayStation 5 controller is a completely different experience. While it runs well with the previous controller, there is no going back after you experience the detailed road surface via haptic control and play using the adaptive triggers.

“But you know. There are still more unique elements for PlayStation 5 to come that separate it from previous consoles. The ‘bigger differences’ have yet to be announced.”

What these big, unique features are remains a mystery. We know the PS5 is backwards compatible, we have a pretty good idea of how powerful it is, and we know about the new controller and haptic feedback. There are rumours of some sort of AI assistant being built in to the PlayStation 5, but I would personally love for the console to work with Alexa. The Destiny 2 app for Alexa – when it works – is a joy. I just shout at Ghost and he changes my gear for me.

What ‘unique’ features would you like the PlayStation 5 to have? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Business Insider Japan via Gematsu

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  1. I always thought that Sony will be keeping A few goodies back for the official launch.

  2. The irony if one of the headline features of the PS5 is voice command support. Whether it’s through Alexa, Google or something homegrown, it’d just show how forward thinking the Xbox One really was in this regard.

    • The PS4 already does have voice command support through the PlayStation Camera though right? Admittedly it has limited function to outside of games.

      • It also randomly activates whenever you sneeze or look at it funny, and then completely fails to understand what you said.

      • Yeah the PS4 does, but it was a more integral feature on XBO. The fact you could turn the console on with voice and control TV volume and channel selection , and that you had the Snap functionality for multi-tasking… It would surely have evolved and gained more smart features through the generation if MS hadn’t felt compelled to kill Kinect.

  3. After all those updates the PS4 had to make it more stable, the PS5 will obviously feature…

    A tiny horse.

    The horse will be called Jeffrey.

    And after a couple of years, a PS5 Slim will appear that lacks the horse and whatever useful connection they decide to remove. But at least it’ll be quieter than the launch version. And you won’t have to feed it as much. No more stuffing your PS5 full of whatever it is horses eat. Bacon or something, probably.

    Either that, or the controller will have an extra button you’ll press once to see what it does, and then press about 23 times by accident before learning never to press it again. Like the red button on the remote control for TVs and whatever box you’ve got connected to the TV.

    • I thought horses ate Findus Lasagne? It’s the circle of life and all that.

  4. Let’s speculate and see which wild feature turns out to be a reality..

    Audio CD playback..
    PS3 backwards compatibility..
    New AI studies your playstyle and completes your games for you.
    16% smaller than Xbox Series X..
    18.5% cheaper than Xbox Series X..
    12% less powerful than Xbox Series X..
    30% louder than Xbox Series X.. – but can be piped into existing home air con systems..
    New ‘smug’ design..
    Built-in Laser Light Show for parties.
    Increased levels of data harvesting disguised as “social features”..

    • Why doesn’t anyone proofread their articles anymore?

      • Yeah, a few more things than usual slipped through this post. News isn’t edited on TSA before posting for a variety of reasons, so it can happen.

  5. Who’d have thought “exclusive games” would be a unique feature at launch?

    • Well, apparently the series X won’t have any exclusives, so it does seem to be a different approach from Microsoft, if historically unremarkable…

  6. Interesting. I just hope it won’t be any Alexa-style privacy intrusion rubbish, which I will either turn off, if possible, or would have to flash some special firmware on it like I always have to do with every single mobile device, to get rid of all this bloatware cr**.

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