Meet the DualSense.
PS5 DualSense Controller

Sony has just shared the first ever public showing of the DualSense, the controller that is shipping with the PlayStation 5. In a new blog post, Sony's senior VP of platform planning and management Hideaki Nishino shared a few images of the hardware along with some fresh details.

Nishino says that this is the final design that is starting to be shipped out to developers. As a result, the developers that receive these controllers will soon be able to implement some of the controller's new features. For us, we just get a brief glimpse of the new hardware.

The first change you'll obviously notice is that it's no longer called the "DualShock" controller. Sony, after speaking with a number of developers, says that they wanted to put a big emphasis on the "sense of touch" for gameplay. To this end, Sony has included haptic feedback into the controller to give players an even deeper feeling of immersion. This is a bit similar to the trigger "rumble" that was present in the Xbox One controllers, only now it's apparently being applied to every button. On top of this, the L2 and R2 triggers of the DualSense are "adaptive triggers." They say that you will now be able to "truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow."

Those who have ever used something like the Oculus Touch controllers or the Steam Controller from Valve probably know what this sort of haptic feedback feels like. Even just those who use most modern phones and perhaps even the Switch have some idea on what to expect with this haptic feedback feeling. When implemented well, it

Nishino goes on to say that with the new technologies included in the controller, they had to make some slightly redesign to the look and feel. As a result, they were able to make the controller "feel smaller than it really looks." The angles of the hand triggers and grips were adjusted to feel more ergonomic.

Sony says that they have changed the "Share" button into a "Create" button. They did not provide many details on this but promise there will be more as they get closer to launch.

The DualSense also includes a built-in microphone array. They say that this will allow friends to easily chat without the need of a headset. However, headsets will still be supported. The mic in the controller is probably best for a quick comment or two.

They then talk about the elephant in the room: The colors of the controller. Instead of going with a traditional black or solid dark color, they are instead going for a two-tone look. The white and black design will also have the light bar "that will give it an extra pop." This light bar has moved from the top on the DualShock 4 to the sides of the touch pad in the DualSense.

Yeah, it's still not a whole hell of a lot to go on here, but we'll hopefully continue to get this trickle of new PlayStation 5 news in the months ahead.

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“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