Sony may not have officially unveiled the PlayStation 5 yet, but it’s having a lot of fun keeping the next-gen console in the headlines with the teensiest of tidbits. Jim Ryan, the brand’s current bigwig, is proving himself to be a bit of a master tease – and speaking with Business Insider Japan, as translated by Gematsu, he’s hinted that the DualShock 5 makes a gigantic difference to the experience of playing games.
“Playing the racing game Gran Turismo Sport with a PS5 controller is a completely different experience,” he hinted. “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.”
This is not the first time that Polyphony Digital’s simulation racer has been mentioned in conjunction with the PS5, as Wired previously revealed that it had sampled the title on Sony’s new-gen system. Interestingly, it also referenced the unique functionality of the DualShock 5 in its report. “Driving on the border between the track and the dirt, I could feel both surfaces,” it wrote. “Doing the same thing on the same track using a DualShock 4 on a PS4, that sensation disappeared entirely.”
It’s going to be interesting to see whether an upgraded version of Gran Turismo Sport makes its way to PS5 close to launch, or whether this is purely early tech demo stuff. Polyphony Digital has proven that it’s capable of making the service game concept work, and it has a good foundation now, so releasing a hypothetical Gran Turismo 7 in the near-future may be a smart idea – especially if it can add a more traditional single player mode to the series’ now established e-sports setup to satiate all players.