Sony PlayStation has provided fans with a first look at the all new Sony PlayStation 5 controller, and they have noted it is being sent to developers now for final testing of their new games for the console.
The controller is officially called the DualSense controller for PS5.
The new DualSense controller for PS5 features haptic feedback, which allows for more powerful senses while playing games. There’s also adaptive triggers for the L2 and R2 so that players feel the tension while pressing down.
The company also announced that they have changed the hand triggers’ angle and some small updates to the grip of the controller in order to allow for a controller that feels smaller and ensure great battery life of the control.
This provided us with an exciting challenge to design a new controller that builds off of the current generation, while taking into account the new features we were adding. For example, with adaptive triggers, we had to consider how the components would fit into the hardware, without giving it a bulky feeling. Our design team worked closely with our hardware engineers to place the triggers and actuators. The designers were then able to draw the lines of how the exterior of the controller would look and feel, with a challenge of making the controller feel smaller than it really looks. In the end, we changed the angle of the hand triggers and also made some subtle updates to the grip. We also took thoughtful consideration into ways to maintain a strong battery life for DualSense’s rechargeable battery, and to lessen the weight of the controller as much as possible as new features were added.
The Share Button on the PS5 has been replaced with the Create button, which allows players to create epic content to share with friends. More info on this feature to come soon.
The controller also features a built in microphone to allow players to chat without a headset if they want, for a quick conversation.
Now, let’s talk about the colors. Traditionally our base controllers have a single color. As you can see, we went a different direction this time around, and decided on a two-toned design. Additionally, we changed the position of the light bar that will give it an extra pop. On DualShock 4, it sat on the top of the controller; now it sits at each side of the touch pad, giving it a slightly larger look and feel.
“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.” – Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment.