28 May 2020
Sony has taken wraps off the PlayStation 5 controller that it has named DualSense. The name is not the only thing that has changed as the new controller features a revamped modern design. There are also a bunch of features and changes that should bring a completely different user experience for the better.
Design is the first change that you will notice straightaway between DualSense and DualShock 4 controllers. The newer offering looks more sleek and curvy with an overall shape that is not rectangular anymore. Sony has opted for a dual-tone color scheme for the new controller. The light bar position has also been moved from the top to each side of the touchpad for a futuristic feel.
In terms of functionality, the DualSense controller has two major changes: haptic feedback and "adaptive triggers". The newly added haptic feedback will allow users to feel different sensations depending on what's going on instead of feeling the same generic vibration every time. The signature L2 and R2 buttons now come with "adaptive triggers" that will help users feel different tensions relevant to the action like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.
Sony has renamed the "Share" button on DualShock 4 to "Create" on DualSense for PlayStation 5. It has not revealed exact details about the functionality of the new button yet except for saying that "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". It has assured that more details will be shared as the launch will get closer.
Other DualSense controller features include an in-built microphone array and USB Type-C port. It will now be possible for PlayStation users to chat with other players without having to need a headphone set all the time.