A built-in microphone and haptic feedback are among the highlights of PlayStation 5’s new DualSense wireless controller.
Sony has just unveiled the new design for its upcoming wireless controller for PlayStation 5, inching us ever closer to the reveal of the next-generation console. You can check out official images of the brand-new DualSense wireless controller over on the PlayStation Blog.
Sony has opted for a two-toned color scheme for the PS5 DualSense controller. The light bar has shifted to the front of the controller and will illuminate the edges of the newly shaped touch pad.
A first look at DualSense, PS5’s new wireless controller.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 7, 2020
Sony aims to build upon the features of the beloved PS4 DualShock 4 controller by incorporating new innovative features into the new PS5 DualSense. “After thoughtful consideration, we decided to keep much of what gamers love about DualShock 4 intact, while also adding new functionality and refining the design,” said Hideaki Nishino, Sony’s Senior Vice President of Platform Planning & Management. “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.”
The “Sense” in PS5’s DualSense seems to refer to the controller’s haptic feedback integration, which helps convey a variety of sensations while playing a game. The DualSense controller will also feature adaptive triggers within the L2 and R2 buttons so that players can “feel the tension” of certain gameplay actions, such as the feeling of drawing back a bow and arrow.
The iconic “Share” button has morphed into the “Create” button on the DualSense controller, offering new ways for players to capture and share gaming content from the PS5. The controller will also feature a built-in microphone, which should help alleviate the need for a headset when briefly chatting with friends on PS5.
Although there’s still no exact release date for the PS5, Sony is aiming to launch the console in Holiday 2020. We still don’t know what the console will look like, but judging by the looks of the new DualSense, perhaps we can expect a two-toned console to match. Check back here for more PS5 news and updates.