Once again, Sony has made a strange decision for a big reveal of part of their next generation of tech. After the surprise reveal of the PlayStation 5 specs last month, and the unorthodox ways they’ve been parting with information about next-gen, it doesn’t really surprise anyone that they shadow-dropped the new info about the upcoming controller today.
Dubbed the “Dualsense” (in lieu of what was anticipated to be the DualShock 5), Sony says that the new controller will “keep much of what gamers love about DualShock 4 intact, while also adding new functionality and refining the design.” The touchpad has been fleshed out and expanded slightly, and new haptic feedback features will keep gamers even more engrossed in their games.
Sony says the new haptic features will “add a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.” They’ve added the haptic feedback to the L2 and R2 buttons as well, to add the feeling of tension when doing things like pulling the trigger on a gun or drawing the string on a bow.
Gone now is what used to be the “Share” button, but the functionality remains. The button was simply changed to the “Create” button, more fitting for what Sony plans for players to do with their console in the coming generation. It also reportedly touts a built-in microphone array for in-game chat for players who might not have a headset handy. Sony reportedly did several concepts and “hundreds of mockups over the last few years”, with testing in multiple sizes of hands to find the right configuration for maximum comfort while gaming.
“DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5,” Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said in a statement. “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.”
Check out the gallery below for the released images of the Dualsense, and let us know what you think.