For those PlayStation enthusiasts frothing at the mouth for a look at the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, Sony has decided to satiate their need somewhat by revealing the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.
In a blog post, Sony senior VP of Platform Planning and Management Hideaki Nishino revealed the controller design, as well as some notable features to expect upon launch. While Microsoft decided to be conservative with the design of the Xbox Series X controller, Sony has opted to develop a new controller with some widely different aesthetics.
The DualSense looks as if it has been ripped from the future. From a design perspective, Sony has veered off the beaten path of providing a solid black controller out of the box. The DualSense melds black and white with many design choices reflecting the DualShock 4.
In the post, Nishino divulged some of the core features the DualSense controller will tout. As previously revealed, the DualSense will offer haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Both features will help heighten the immersion of the games played on PlayStation 5. Tension in both R1 and R2 triggers will change depending on the actions the player is making. For example, the response when shooting a gun will be different than when pulling back on a bow and arrow.
One of the major changes seen on the DualSense controller is the new location of the light bar. The critical component to PSVR has now been removed from the rear side of the controller. The light bar has now been integrated into the touchpad on the front.
The DualSense controller will also feature a built-in microphone, allowing players to use chat functions without a headset. Sony envisions this to be vital for quick conversations when putting on a headset isn’t ideal.
Nishino also noted that the “Share” button has been swapped out for a “Create” button. Details on this feature remain scarce. However, Nishino did say that PlayStation is “pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves.”
Finally, smaller design changes were touched on, including the return of a rechargeable battery. The DualSense has also taken small measures to tweak the angles of which triggers fall and the grips of the controller.
It’s worth noting that President and CEO Jim Ryan reiterated that PlayStation 5 is expected to release this year, reaffirming the 2020 Holiday season launch window.
With the reveal of the DualSense, one has to wonder if Sony is revving up to show off the PlayStation 5 console sometime soon.