Prepare for a shock, the PlayStation 5 controller is not a ‘shock’, it’s a ‘sense’! Goodbye Dualshock, hello sleek and sexy PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.
Here’s more from Sony.
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. 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. This is why we adopted haptic feedback, which adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud. We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.
The angle of the triggers has been altered as has the grip, and the Share button has been consigned to the bin and replaced with the ‘Create’ button. “With Create, 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. We’ll have more details on this feature as we get closer to launch,” say Sony.
The controller now has a built in microphone so you don’t need a headset anymore, and the lightbar has also been moved slightly and now goes round the touchpad. Interestingly there is no large light panel at the front which means the controller will not work with PlayStation VR, or at least the current version of PSVR.
Finally, here’s a word from Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment.
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.