While we still don’t even know what the PlayStation 5 will look like, at least we’re getting a look at the controller that will accompany the upcoming console. This is the new DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5, and its design is quite a departure from previous iterations of PlayStation controllers.
Not only is the DualSense controller not using the DualShock moniker anymore, it also sports a number of new features that are quite interesting. These include adaptive triggers and haptic feedback; we imagine these two features are the inspiration for the DualSense naming.
Anyway, the adaptive triggers are implemented in the L2 and R2 buttons of the new controller. Based on what you’re doing in any given game, the “tension” of the triggers will adapt accordingly. We reckon this change in resistance of the triggers will add a new sense of immersion in games.
As for the haptic feedback of the DualSense controller, PlayStation didn’t elaborate too much on this. However, the company did say that it “adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.” Regardless, it should be able to provide a more refined vibration system than the current controller.
Design wise, Sony is moving away from the single colour scheme of its base controllers, opting instead for a two-tone design. Most of the DualSense’s exterior is finished in white, while a portion of the bottom half – surrounding the analog sticks – is painted black.
At a glance, the DualSense controller looks bulkier than its predecessors with a more rounded shape. PlayStation mention that the angle of the hand triggers has been changed, and subtle updates have also been made to the overall grip. Hopefully, these changes will make the controller feel more comfortable in extended gaming sessions.
Other notable changes the DualSense controller brings include an integrated microphone, a USB-C port, and a new “Create” button in place of the Share button on the DualShock 4. It supposedly allows gamers to “create epic gameplay content to share with the world,” and more details on this feature will be revealed closer to the launch of the PlayStation 5.
Now that we’ve got a look at the DualSense controller, there’s a good chance the design reveal of the PlayStation 5 is happening soon. According to Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO, Jim Ryan, more information will be revealed in the coming months, “including the console design.”
The PlayStation 5 is set to be introduced by the end of 2020.