Any details of the PS5 is always highly anticipated, as the whole roster of PlayStation fans are eager to learn about their next-gen console. And now, it what is rather surprising news, PlayStation have revealed the latest controller that will help you navigate next-generation gaming: DualSense. Of course, there’s a reason for it being called ‘DualSense’ as it “will captivate more of your senses as you interact with the virtual worlds in PS5 games” PlayStation mentioned in a blog post.
That being said, let’s get into some of the new features of the DualSense, and how it pairs with PS5’s Tempset 3D AudioTech to create a new feeling of immersion for players.
Design & Form Factor
Of course, the first thing you’ll notice about the DualSense controller is the two-tone design. It’s a step away from the more traditional DualShock controllers, and integrates the light bar on both sides of the touchpad. This will give the controller “a slightly larger look and feel.” I wasn’t too into it when I first saw the redesign of the controllers, but it’s growing on me. Very futuristic looking, apt, considering it is the next-gen of gaming consoles.
In terms of its form factor, it seems to be slightly thicker than the previous DualShock 4. Mainly attributed to the new shape of the controller, which Sony says they felt a challenge “of making the controller smaller than it really looks.” They ended up tweaking the ergonomics to take into consideration the new tech they’re putting in, like adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, a strong battery, and lessening the weight.
They then eventually settled on changing the angle of the hand triggers, and made some subtle updates to the grip.
Haptic Feedback And Adaptive Triggers
Okay these features are less new, considering we knew of them a while ago when PlayStation announced some of their features for the PS5. Haptic feedback will essentially bring more realistic, and have more ‘powerful sensations’ such as “the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.” That in tandem with Adaptive Triggers on the L2 and R2 buttons, will make for a more immersive, realistic gameplay experience.
Adaptive Triggers will essentially add in varying resistances to certain actions in game, such as “you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.”
Battery Life, Charging & Mic
As per usual, DualSense will be using a rechargeable battery akin to previous DualShock controllers. But, with an added twist. The DualSense controller will be using a USB-C port for their power cable, and that is probably the best news out of all this. I mean, USB-C charging on a controller would probably boast high charge speeds in comparison to those outdated microUSB ports. And that is very good, especially for gaming.
Another feature they’ve added is a built-in mic to chat with friends on the console. Though I’m not sure how great of an addition this is, because all I can think of is ever more kids shouting obscenities in-game.
The Create Button
It seems that PlayStation is ridding the Share button, and replacing it with a new Create button. Though they haven’t mentioned exact mechanics of how it’d work, but they did say “we’re once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves.” And that’s about it. There’ll be more details, closer to launch.
And that’s essentially it guys. What a ride through what has to be the most exciting news today. Finally, we get a ‘sense’ of the PS5, better so than we have before. Hopefully, this means we’ll be getting a peak at the actual console sometime soon.