It's certainly different.
Sony has revealed a full look at their new controller for the upcoming PlayStation 5. With the DualSense, alongside the 3D AudioTech technology implemented into the PlayStation 5, Sony aims to deliver a new feeling of immersion to players.
"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.", Sony explains. "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."
Furthermore, Sony explains that they have looked carefully at how to keep the controller's weight down as much as possible, while new features were added and while trying to maintain strong battery life for the DualSense. If you own a PlayStation 4, you might have noticed a few differences in buttons, most noteworthy, the text above the options and share button are gone. Regarding the share button, the developer actually explains that they have expanded upon this feature and are introducing the button anew, as the "Create" button. With the "Create" button, Sony wants to bring new ways for people to share gameplay content with the world or even create something for themselves. More details about this feature will be shared closer to launch.
Sony also shortly mentions the added built-in microphone array, seen at the bottom of the controller. This should enable players to easily chat with others without the need for a headset - although they still advise using a headset for longer periods of time.
Another feature that should stand out immediately, is the colour scheme. As explained, the traditional option was to go for a single colour for a controller, however, they chose to switch that up this time around and went for a two-toned design, with the addition of the lightbar (which used to be on the top of your controller and on the top of the touchpad) now being on each side of the touchpad.
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.
it's certainly different from the DualShock 4. We are very curious about what else we can expect and how the DualSense will feel when we hold it in our hands. What are your thoughts so far? Are you intrigued or rather disappointed? Let us know in the comments below.