Sony still hasn’t shown what the PlayStation 5 will look like. Yet, it has just unveiled the controller for its next-generation console: DualSense, which is the largest for Sony’s controller design in the history of its 25-plus year PlayStation consoles Departure Marks.
There are also some significant changes on the inside of the new controller: the previously announced haptic response (replacing the old rumble technique in previous controllers) and modern “adaptive triggers” that can adjust the resistance of the trigger to various gameplay effects. There is also an integrated microphone, a first for Sony’s controllers, with a (long overdue) USB-C port. And of course, the new two-tone colour scheme (similar in style to the PSVR) and an overhauled design that grips and gives a more rounded shape for the face buttons.
The share button is also named in a new “Create” button, which will provide “new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world”. Sony has promised that additional details will be announced closer to launch on the front.
Some buttons on the DualSense are also getting some mild tweaks compared to the old DualShock 4. For example, the PlayStation button has now been cut to the actual size of the PS logo, while the triggers have a more angled design than previous Sony controllers Has received.
Other features from the DualShock 4 will remain on the DualSense, such as a centre-mounted touchpad and light bar (though the bar is moved from the top of the controller/left and right sides of the touchpad). Sony is also sticking with its symmetrical controller layout, with a D-pad and face buttons on the top half of the controller and matching analogue sticks on the bottom.
More details about DualSense — such as how much additional controllers cost, or if Sony will be offering more colour options — will likely be announced closer to the PlayStation 5 fall launch. For reference, the DualShock 4 costs $ 59.99 when it was first released.
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