Sony Interactive Entertainment have today announced their newest controller, with a brand new design, set to debut alongside the PS5 console. The controller is a step away from the PlayStation formula that fans know and love. They are calling this “DualSense”, the new wireless PlayStation controller.
According to a PlayStation blog by Hideaki Nishino, they are about to begin shipping these models to developers to introduce into their new games (so, bad luck for anyone hoping they’d reconsider).
What Features Will The New Controller Have?
PlayStation have said they wanted to draw on many of the features introduced throughout the PS4 launch, such as haptic feedback. That’s why they have incorporated Tempest 3D AudioTech, which will help players feel more immersed in their games.
To this end, there will also be ‘Adaptive Triggers’ within the L2 and R2 buttons, which allows players to feel the actions that they are undertaking – i.e. Drawing a bow.
The biggest challenged faced, according to the PlayStation engineers, was figuring out how to incorporate the functionality they desired, without giving the controller a clunky, large feel. This will result in a different angle for the hand triggers on the controller. There has also been a ‘subtle’ update to controllers grip.
The controller will featured a revolutionary microphone-array, allowing players to engage in a chat with their friends without the need for a headphone. Although Nishino did specifically say, “it’s always good to have a headset handy”. So take that as you may.
The biggest change we will see to the PS5 DualSense controller is, of course, the colours. Previous iterations have always had a single primary colour (black). This newest design is a complete re-think of that philosophy as the controller will now be two-toned and primarily white. It is going to be very interesting how the wider PlayStation community feels about this change – our guess is it won’t be pretty.
PS5 Controller Features:
- Haptics Feedback
- Tempest 3D AudioTech
- Built-in Microphone
- Adaptive Triggers
- Revised Trigger Positioning
- Upgraded Ergonomic Grip
- “Share” button changed to “Create” button
- Light bar on left and right side
What are your thoughts on the NEW PS5 controller?
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