Meet the PS5 DualSense controller
Sony has just unveiled the controller we'll be using to play the PS5 – it's called the DualSense Controller, and it sports a number of improvements that will help make the next-gen console feel even more immersive.
Among these new features are adaptive triggers with haptic feedback, a built-in microphone that will allow you to talk to friends without a headset and a 'Create' button that replaces the Share button we had on the PS4.
In addition to those changes, Sony said on the PlayStation Blog that it chose to replace the lightbar at the top of the controller with an LED that surrounds the touchpad, giving the controller a slightly larger look and feel.
Check it out for yourself below:
The two-tone design is something new for PlayStation's controllers – never have we seen a console launch with one in the past (they've all been solid black or off-white) and could mean that the console itself is two-tone as well.
Like the PS4 DualShock Controller the DualSense will be rechargeable with a built-in battery and Sony says it's worked hard to keep battery life high without adding too much weight to the controller itself.
When can we get our hands on it?
While Sony has yet to commit to a specific date, the PS5 DualSense Controller post ends with a note from President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan that confirms its Holiday 2020 (November-December) release:
“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.”
So why has Sony come forward with its new controller design? Well, apparently these are the controllers that will be going out to developers as they finish the first round of PS5 games and Sony wants to give them some hands-on time with the new hardware. And by revealing it on the PlayStation Blog, Sony is beating leaks.