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07 January 2020 04:39

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Sony teases PlayStation 5 and prototype autonomous car

The PlayStation 5 made a shock appearance at CES 2020 as Sony confirmed the next-gen console's new logo as well as confirming a number of features. The new PS5 logo won't be shocking to anyone, following the same styling as the PlayStation 4's counterpart. However, this is still a big moment ahead of the console's release, as CES 2020 marks one of the very first times Sony has spoken about the console's official name to the public. Related: CES 2020 Sony also reaffirmed some of the PlayStation's 5 major features including 3D Audio Sound, haptics / adaptive triggers for the controller, ultra-high speed SSD, hardware-based ray tracing and an Ultra HD Blu-Ray disk drive. All of these features had already been confirmed, but it's still a big moment to see Sony confirm all the features at CES 2020.

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The haptics / adaptive triggers on the controller is especially interesting given the recent leaks of the supposed DualShock 5 controller. Sony sadly didn't confirm whether these leaks were accurate nor did it show off any further details or pictures of the upcoming controllers. The confirmation the controller will feature haptics triggers is still exciting though. This technology will give greater detail of feedback to the triggers for a more immersive experience. Related: PS5 latest news The speedy SSD and hardware-based ray tracing are arguably even more impressive, as the PS5 looks to slash loading times while adopting the super-realistic lighting effects currently found with Nvidia's RTX cards.

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Sony also confirmed the PlayStation 5 will release Q4 2020, looking likely to share a lauch window with Microsoft's Xbox Series X. Sony also took the CES 2020 news conference as a perfect opportunity to boast some of its incredible sales figures, as it announced it has now sold 106 million units of the PS4, 1.15 billion PS4 games and 5 million PSVR headsets. Sony has unveiled a concept autonomous car as it anticipates the rise of an "autonomous driving society". The technology firm said the concept vehicle was designed to show its efforts to combine safety, reliability, comfort and entertainment. The prototype, called Vision-S, houses 33 sensors on and in the car to help monitor its surroundings and those inside it.

It also includes Sony's artificial intelligence technology to detect and recognise people, as well as the firm's 360 Reality Audio for in-car audio. As well as high-profile automotive firms such as Ford, Audi and BMW, a number of other technology companies have started exploring the development of autonomous vehicles, with the technology expected to become more mainstream in the next decade. Didn't expect that – Sony has a prototype autonomous car called the Vision-S #CES2020 pic.twitter.com/NdlnLOrVgC — Martyn Landi (@MartynLandi) January 7, 2020 Sony chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida said: "It's not an exaggeration to say that mobile has been the mega-trend of the last decade. "Sony will continue to evolve as a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology." Sony also announced a new range of televisions capable of identifying furniture and other items in a living room which can affect TV sound and picture. The Japanese tech giant has created a feature called Ambient Optimisation, which automatically adjusts the picture brightness based on ambient light in a room. The feature can even detect furniture and other objects in a room which can absorb or reflect sound and tune the audio settings accordingly. The new TV range includes a number of 4K and 8K resolution TVs with both OLED and LED displays. Making its latest gadget announcements at an event ahead of CES in Las Vegas, the technology giant also teased more information about its upcoming PlayStation 5 console. Sony shows off the #PS5 logo for the first time… But nothing else new on the upcoming console just yet pic.twitter.com/OlGTkwuLXc — Martyn Landi (@MartynLandi) January 7, 2020 PlayStation boss Jim Ryan revealed the console's logo for the first time and promised that the console, which is due to launch in time for Christmas this year, will help shape the "future of gaming". "Our promise to the 100 million strong PlayStation® community is to offer the biggest and best in content, and to deliver unique experiences to gamers with unprecedented speed," he said. That console will face stiff competition from Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X, which is also due to be released at the end of this year. Sony surprised more than a few people in Las Vegas Monday evening with the unveiling of its new Vision-S concept car on the opening night of the consumer electronics show. The concept is meant to showcase Sony's technology in the transportation and mobility segment, incorporating imaging and sensing hardware, onboard AI software, telecommunications, cloud computing, and in-car entertainment. The Vision -S is an attractively shaped mid-sized electric sloped-back sedan which looks to have cribbed a bit from Tesla, a bit from Byton, and maybe even a bit from Faraday Future. Aesthetically, it fits right in with the tech-future vision of the automobile. Sony says it has "a total of 33 sensors, including CMOS image sensors and ToF sensors are embedded within the vehicle, in order to detect and recognize people and objects inside and outside the car, and provide highly advanced driving support." Sony expands on the idea of in-car entertainment by offering "Sony's "360 Reality Audio" which allegedly makes the car like a high-end listening room with speakers mounted inside the seats. And those front seats are greeted with a "panoramic screen on which rich and diverse content can be enjoyed through an intuitive user interface." If autonomous tech ever does catch on, it would be nice to be able to be entertained while scooting around in your rolling pod. You can watch the full Sony CES presentation below. The car rolls out at about the half-hour mark. It seems the company is pretty serious about it, and the Vision -S is proof. We don't know much about the car, what kind of power it makes, or when it might be available, but you can be sure we'll let you know when we do.

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