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Sony Reveal DualSense PlayStation 5 Controller

PlayStation 5 DualSense

Sony have revealed the new controller for the upcoming PlayStation 5, dubbed the DualSense, including its use of haptic feedback.

Speaking on PlayStation Blog, PlayStation Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management Hideaki Nishino detailed the new controller. He states the new controller’s final design is now being sent to developers, to help implement its features into their games.

Nishino state the wireless controller “will captivate more of your senses as you interact with the virtual worlds in PS5 games. The features of DualSense, along with PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech, will deliver a new feeling of immersion to players.”

Keeping what players liked about the DualShock 4, and after discussions with developers, Nishino states that they “concluded that the sense of touch within gameplay, much like audio, hasn’t been a big focus for many games.”

This means the DualSense controller has haptic feedback. This “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.”

To make sure the necessary components could fit inside, the angle of the hand tiggers were changed, along with “some subtle updates to the grip.” Keeping a strong battery life and reasonable weight were also at the forefront of the design process.

While the share button has been dropped, the controller now has a “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,” Nishino explains “We’ll have more details on this feature as we get closer to launch.”

The controller also has a built-in microphone array, though Nishino states “if you are planning to chat for a longer period, it’s good to have that headset handy.”

While the controllers have traditionally been black, this time around a two-tone look is being used. “As you can see, we went a different direction this time around, and decided on a two-toned design.

“Additionally,” Nishino explains, “we changed the position of the light bar that will give it an extra pop. On DualShock 4, it sat on the top of the controller; now it sits at each side of the touch pad, giving it a slightly larger look and feel.”

Whether this confirms the PlayStation 5 will use a similar color scheme is unknown, though we would be surprised if it kept it’s purely jet black look if this is the new controller.

Nishino explains the controller “went through several concepts and hundreds of mockups over the last few years before we settled on this final design. DualSense has been tested by a wide range of gamers with a variety of hand sizes, in order for us to achieve the comfort level we wanted, with great ergonomics.” 

You can find image of the new DualSense controller below.

“Our goal with DualSense is to give gamers the feeling of being transported into the game world as soon as they open the box,” Nishino explains. “We want gamers to feel like the controller is an extension of themselves when they’re playing – so much so that they forget that it’s even in their hands!”

The blog post concluded with a message from Sony Interactive Entertainment President & CEO Jim Ryan.

“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.”

In earlier news, PlayStation stated that they believe that “the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable” on the upcoming PlayStation 5. We also covered PlayStation’s The Road to PS5 presentation.

PlayStation 5 launches Holiday 2020.

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