Sony’s DualSense, wireless controller for the PS5 has been unveiledBy Hollie Gwinnett | May 16, 2020
When the Play Station 5 was announced back in April 2019 we were all excited to see what Sony could deliver this time round. With the console set to release at the end of the year we recently got the first look at the new DualSense wireless controller.
When the Play Station 4 launched 7 years ago, the DualShock 4 wireless controller gained masses of positive feedback from gamers as they said it was the best controller yet. However, last week when Sony unveiled details of their newest creation, the DualSense controller is already said to be bigger and much better
Sony has incorporated many unique features into the controller to try and enhance the feeling of immersion, that you already get from the games. Jim Ryan, CEO at Sony said “our goal 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 they forget that its even in their hands.”
Sony said that they had the ‘opportunity with the controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion’. To enhance gameplay, they have adopted haptic feedback. Whereas electronic devices predominantly communicate with us via sight and sound, haptic feedback simulates the sense of touch. Players might think they are already familiar with this, but Sony has replaced its old rumble technology with haptics which creates much more powerful sensations. To help you get a better idea, Sony gave the example of being able to feel the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.
In addition to the haptics, they have also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons so that you can feel the tension of your actions, this could be used to enhance the feeling of drawing a bow to fire an arrow.
Other features that may excite gamers include the built-in microphone so that you can easily chat to others without having to use a headset, ensuring better communication. Sony have also insisted that the controller maintains a strong battery life with a rechargeable battery.
The ever-loved ‘Share’ button that was on the DualShock 4 controller has been improved. The ‘Share’ button was for taking screenshots, videos and livestreaming but now in place of it they have the ‘Create’ button. They haven’t shared many details on it as of yet, but they have explained the importance for allowing players to share content with the world.
This time round they have strayed away from the traditional single colour controller with the DualSense being two-tone black and white; this is a first for Sony. They have also switched around the light bar placement, so rather than it being located at the top of the controller it now sits on both sides of the touch pad.
The controller is slightly larger than previous controllers, so to keep it from looking bulky they changed the angle of the hand triggers, which has supposedly made it more comfortable to hold. It has been tested by many gamers who have agreed on the comfort of the controller.
We are yet to see images of what the Play Station 5 will look like, yet despite the pandemic Sony has said the PS5 is on track for launch this holiday season. Although they remain tight-lipped on the price, they are known to usually release around November time, so we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer for any more details.