We know a good deal about the PS5 so far. It will have a solid-state drive, the controller will have some neat haptic features, and it's probably going to be revealed (and hopefully launched) in 2020. Apparently, we haven't seen the best stuff yet.
Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan had an interview with Business Insider Japan which was translated and reported on by Gematsu. In it, he talks about migrating PS4 users to the PS5, the new logo that's not all that different, and some cool surprises that haven't yet been revealed.
PS5's 'Bigger Differences' Between PS4 and PS5 Not Yet Announced
Here's the relevant portion of the interview where we learn that there's still a good bit to be revealed about the PS5:
"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."
That's not all that Jim Ryan touched on; he also talked about the logo, migrating PS4 users, and the Japanese launch.
While the logo doesn't seem all that different, Mr. Ryan emphasized that there needs to be a sense of consistency for a brand with 100 million PS4 owners. Part of Sony's challenges in the future will be getting them to move over to the PS5, but there's one thing he's keen on avoiding: a delay in the Japanese launch.
If you don't recall, there was a three-month delay for the PS4 launch in Japan. Apparently, there was some internal debate about the decision (which they ultimately went through with). While he doesn't explicitly say as much, it seems like that's a situation that he'd very much like to avoid with the PS5.
What could these "bigger differences" between the PS4 and PS5 be? We can speculate for days, but it'll be hard to say what they'll be with any certainty.