Tuesday night, Sony decided to randomly drop images and information about the new PlayStation 5 controller, that they are calling DualSense. Sporting a new dual tone color scheme, first impressions are definitely striking. Much like Alienware’s 2020 lineup of monitors and laptops, (both of which you can sell online to us), it appears Sony is going for a black and white style, which may give us some insight on what the console will look like as well, when it launches later this year.
If you’re familiar with the PlayStation brand, you’ll know that the previous line of controllers were always called the DualShock, indicating the rumble function added all the way back in 1997-1998. This new DualSense branding is indicative of the controllers new focus on game immersion.
Many of the DualShock 4’s features are staying, like the touchpad, light bar, and the share button, but with a few tweaks to them. For instance, Sony is changing the “Share” button to a “Create” button. No new details about what this change entails, but they’ll have more details closer to the system’s launch.
The biggest change to the controller, and much of where the new name change to DualSense is coming from, is their decision to add haptic feedback, much like Nintendo’s own HD Rumble feature, and adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons. They claim this will add new sensations while you play, like “the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud,” or “the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.” As long as the developers use these features, haptic feedback will add a greater sense of immersion to gaming. Unfortunately many new Nintendo games don’t seem to ship with HD Rumble, which is a lost opportunity considering the tech is very exciting.
The controller is also adding a built-in microphone array, which while it won’t replace your gaming headset or fancy microphone for longer game sessions, it will be useful for quick chats or quick callouts in games where communication is paramount. While many gamers may not like the idea of having another device in their home with a built-in microphone, there is at least what appears to be an easy mute button near the bottom of the front of the controller.
Say goodbye to microUSB, as much like the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller or the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller, PlayStation is finally getting USB-C. What makes USB-C so good? To start, the port is symmetrical, meaning no more putting the cable in upside down. This may not seem like much, but after trying to put in a microUSB cable upside down for so many years, being able to just plug in a cable without worrying about which side is up, is quite nice. The biggest change however is that USB-C charges very fast. Even leaving your controller plugged in for just a few minutes will give you at least a couple of hours of extended gameplay.
THE ROAD AHEAD
Not much else was shown about the controller, and we’re still waiting for a peak of what the PlayStation 5 will actually look like; but the console wars are starting to heat up, and I for one can’t wait to see more once we get closer to the release date. Both Microsoft and Sony are still stating that the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X are slated for release by “Holiday 2020.”
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