Word has it that the PlayStation 5 has performance issues and that Sony needs to redesign it, but that hasn’t stopped Sony from showing off its new controller. Called the DualSense, it was shown off on the PlayStation Blog and, apparently, brings the sense of touch to PlayStation 5 games.
According to Sony, the DualSense Controller has built-in but refined haptic feedback that should pickup on a larger range of inputs. The example PlayStation gave was that it can pick up on things like the “slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.” Perhaps even cooler, however, are the adaptive trigger buttons that feature dynamically changing tension for different in-game activities. In other words, the trigger can be configured to feel different. If you’re playing a racing game, for example, the brake trigger will be stiffer than the gas pedal. Firing a gun will require less effort than drawing a bow. There is still a headset jack, but the control also features a headset jack.
New features aside, we have to admit that this is somewhat of a step forward for PlayStation and a major evolution of controller design ever. It almost looks like a blend between an Xbox One controller and a DualShock 4 controller, honestly, and it now features a two-ton theme that will likely lead to some cool customization options down the road. It still has the central touchpad and it is now flanked by a pair of lightbars. In the aforementioned blog post, SIE President, Jim Ryan said,
“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.”
For now, we don’t know much else about the controller or the PS5, but Ryan did say that Sony would share more information about the PS5, including its design in the coming months as we lead up to its holiday 2020 launch – something that further emphasizes word that the PS5 is still on track despite current rumors. Until we learn more, check out our more recent coverage of the next-gen gaming consoles:
- Deep Dive: Is the PlayStation 5 Better than the Xbox Series X?
- PS5 Backward Compatibility Explained
- What we’ve Learned About the Sony PS5
- The PS5 May Load Games as Fast as Netflix Loads Movies
- Phil Spencer Doesn’t Seem Worried About the PlayStation 5
- You Can Reserve the PS5 from a Canadian Retailer
- The Xbox Series X Might Be More Powerful, But Industry Insiders Say the PS5 is Better