For gamers salivating over the new Playstation 5 were teased with more news as Sony unveiled the official DualSense controller, upgrading from the DualShock controller that generations of gamers have become accustomed to. Sony wrote in a blog post explaining the new controller and what inspired the Dualsense design:
“Based on our discussions with developers, we concluded that the sense of touch within gameplay, much like audio, hasn’t been a big focus for many games. We had a great opportunity with PS5 to innovate by offering game creators the ability to explore how they can heighten that feeling of immersion through our new controller. This is why we adopted haptic feedback, which adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud. We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.”
The “Share” button used to take photos, save videos, or begin live broadcasts, has been replaced with a “Create” button, a function PlayStation says it will share as more hardware news is announced for the upcoming console.
The DualSense also has a built-in microphone ideally for “jumping into a quick conversation.” However, the company advises the use of a headset for longterm discussion.
Lastly, PlayStation has done away with its single tone controller colors of the past, opting for a two-toned black and white design with a repositioned lightbar meant to make the colors pop. PlayStation notes “we went through several concepts and hundreds of mockups over the last few years before we settled on this final design.”
A first look at DualSense, PS5’s new wireless controller.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 7, 2020