Sony gave fans their first look at the brand new PlayStation 5 controller called the ‘DualSense’ out of nowhere on April 7, and it doesn’t look like anything the company has come out with before.
According to Sony, the new DualSense controller will come with a variety of features including Haptic Feedback, Adaptive Triggers on L2 & R2 for tension, a “Create” button to replace the old “Share” button and a light bar added on top of the Touch Bar.
It also has a built-in microphone, which will allow for in-game chat without the need for a headset, but players will still be able to use peripheries if they want to.
A first look at DualSense, PS5’s new wireless controller.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 7, 2020
“DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5,” said Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
“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.”
Playstation said they went through “several concepts and hundreds of mockups over the last few years” before finally deciding on the current design.
“DualSense has been tested by a wide range of gamers with a variety of hand sizes, in order for us to achieve the comfort level we wanted, with great ergonomics,” Hideaki Nishino, Sony Senior VP of Platform Planning & Management explained. “Our goal with DualSense is to give gamers the feeling of being transported into the game world as soon as they open the box.”
It’s probably too early to be making these kinds of guesses, but there’s already been some speculation floating around that the Playstation 5 will have a similar white and black color scheme to match the controller.
We won’t know for sure though until PlayStation gives us our first look at the new console, most likely as we get closer to the confirmed release window of the 2020 holiday season.