Following on from PS5’s system architect Mark Cerny’s PlayStation 5 spec reveal, Sony has revealed the PS5’s controller out of the blue.
Over on PlayStation Blog, we got a few details as well as some first look photos of the next-gen controller, the DualSense. Named as such because Sony wants to ‘captivate more of your senses as you interact with the virtual worlds in PS5 games’.
The obvious departure from the DualShock 4 is the two-tone colour scheme and bulkier overall design. As for features, the DualSense will do away with the Share button in favour of the new Create button, though Sony has said that details on what exactly its functions will be will come at a later date.
The DualSense will feature haptic feedback, replacing the standard rumble of the past DualShock controllers, giving the user a wider range of sensations while playing. Using Sony’s example ‘you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud’.
Both L2 and R2 will be adaptive triggers, again allowing for more immersion and feeling during gameplay. Sony claims that ‘you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow’.
The DualSense will also have a built-in microphone array, allowing you to chat without using a headset. Though Sony has said that using a headset will still be preferred for longer sessions, this could be handy for short conversations, or as a means of chatting while you get yourself situated.
The light bar has been moved to now face the player, but with it peeking out from behind the touchpad (which has been increased in size) that will hopefully prevent blinding when playing in a dark room. Lastly, the Micro USB is out and USB-C is in, happy days.
Ending the PlayStation Blog post, President and CEO of Sony Interative Entertainment, Jim Ryan had this to say:
DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5. The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games – continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future. To the PlayStation community, I truly want to thank you for sharing this exciting journey with us as we head toward PS5’s launch in Holiday 2020. We look forward to sharing more information about PS5, including the console design, in the coming months.
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