The other day Sony released the first details about the PS5’s controller, which is ditching the name DualShock for the name DualSense. It looks a little bit like the previous PlayStation controllers but with a bit of futuristic aesthetic, along with other changes such as a built in microphone which almost removes the need for a headset. It was this addition that made some people wary as it felt like Sony was going to ditch regular headsets that use the audio jack in favour of the in built mic. However, there is nothing to fear in this regard as PlayStation product manager Toshimasa Aoki confirmed there would be a headphone jack through a Twitter post.
Still have an audio jack so you can plug in your own headsets like DS4
— Toshimasa Aoki (@toshimasa_aoki) April 8, 2020
Here’s Sony with what else to expect from the DualSense.
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.
Jim Ryan had some words too.
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.
If the current white and black colour scheme is not to your taste you can check out a few mock ups of alternative designs.