Sony Unveils the Upcoming PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller

Ruben Fields
April 8, 2020

Though very little is known about Sony's upcoming gaming console (aside from technological specifications), on Tuesday the team revealed in a blog post the Playstation 5's new controller, the DualSense.

The kit is entering its penultimate stage of internal development, but it's unlikely its aesthetic will differ from what Sony has officially shared this morning.

Sony revealed the details of the DualSense in a blog post, where Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of platform planning and management, discussed what sets it apart from Sony's previous peripherals. This "refined rumble" tactile feedback will add a greater variety of powerful sensations as you play your games. The controller will also have new adaptive triggers for its L2 and R2 buttons, so actions like pulling a bowstring to shoot an arrow will feel more impactful. It'll serve largely the same goal, but the added benefits of the option have yet to be fully disclosed.

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One new feature added to the DualSense controller is haptic feedback. More details on this feature are promised closer to launch.

Overall, Sony is ditching the usual single-color tone that its base controllers normally have in favor of a two-toned design that will open the door for some cool color options. Notably, the controller's light bar is no longer on the top, but rather is now on the sides of the touch pad. It might be ideal for jumping into a quick conversation - although if you're prone to lengthy and drawn out discussions, it's good to keep that headset handy. The features of DualSense, along with PS5's Tempest 3D AudioTech, will deliver a new feeling of immersion to players. With Create, we're once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves.

More information about the specifics of the DualSense controller will be touched on later as more developers get their hands on the tech and start creating for it. A mic has also been added so that players are able to chat to friends without having to plug in a headset. Additionally, we changed the position of the light bar that will give it an extra pop. While the Dualshock 1 through 4 look relatively familial, the new DualSense controller has opted for a much more striking design.

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