As the successor to the popular PlayStation 4, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced the forthcoming release of PlayStation 5 (PS5) scheduled for late 2020. The platform is anticipated to come in two varieties: one incorporating Ultra HD Blu-ray and the other a lower cost compatible digital version, which lacks the drive but retains download support. Amid concerns of security, Sony has announced a partnership with the HackerOne security platform to ensure gamers can enjoy a safe and enjoyable experience. They have also invited gamers to help test the new platform via the PS4 version and offering rewards of up to $50,000 through their Bug Bounty Program on critical security issue discoveries. So far, this program has only been run privately, but Sony has recently announced recognition of the vital role the broader community can play in their research and therefore address and fix bug and security issues more readily.
Doug Garfinkel has been a writer for over 30 years, working on a wide variety of websites and publications. He currently works as a High School teacher in Great Neck, NY, while continuing to write.