Bidding goodbye to the DualShock 4 wireless controller that was launched along with PS4 in 2013, Sony has now showcased the first look of the DualSense wireless controller for PlayStation5 to the gaming community. Asserting that the new controller will deliver a new feeling of immersion to players, a blog post by PlayStation claimed that the DualSense comes with the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech, Powerful sensations, Strong-battery life, Built-in microphone array, Adaptive Triggers and Create Button feature.
“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,” said Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Now let’s take a detailed look at the features of the DualSense wireless controller for PlayStation5. Check it out:
After thoughtful consideration, Sony decided to keep much of what gamers love about DualShock 4 intact, while also adding new functionality and refining the design. Based on the discussions with developers, PlayStation makers found that the sense of touch within gameplay, much like audio, hasn’t been a big focus for many games. Therefore, Sony leveraged on the opportunity with PS5 to innovate by offering game creators the ability to explore how they can heighten that feeling of immersion through the new controller. That is why it added a variety of powerful sensations which one can feel when playing, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.
Sony has also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so the gamers can truly feel the tension of their actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow. According to Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management at PlayStation, “With adaptive triggers, we had to consider how the components would fit into the hardware, without giving it a bulky feeling. Our design team worked closely with our hardware engineers to place the triggers and actuators. The designers were then able to draw the lines of how the exterior of the controller would look and feel, with a challenge of making the controller feel smaller than it really looks. In the end, we changed the angle of the hand triggers and also made some subtle updates to the grip.”
Strong battery life
In order to provide the gamers with a strong battery life for a flawless gaming experience, PlayStation has revealed that the DualSense wireless for PS5 comes fitted with rechargeable battery in order to lessen the weight of the controller as much as possible.
Create button feature
As far as buttons are concerned, users will notice there is no longer a “Share” button as they must have seen in the DualShock 4. This time, PlayStation makers have come out with a new “Create” button feature for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves. More details about this newly-added feature will be revealed once we inch closer to the official launch.
Built-in microphone array
DualSense also adds a built-in microphone array, which will enable players to easily chat with friends without a headset – ideal for jumping into a quick conversation. However, if you intent to chat for a longer period, it’s advisable to keep your headset handy.
Color and design
Moving on to the colour aspect, it was found that Sony took a different direction by deciding on a two-toned design. Besides this, the position of the light bar was also changed as it now sits at each side of the touch pad, giving it a slightly larger look and feel as against what was seen in the DualShock 4.
The DualSense wireless controller for PlayStation5 has been tested by a wide range of gamers with a variety of hand sizes in order to provide great ergonomics. According to the official blog post, Sony claims that “Our goal with DualSense is to give gamers the feeling of being transported into the game world as soon as they open the box. 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!”
It was further hinted that Sony could share more information about PS5, including the console design, ahead of the official launch in Holiday 2020.