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Leaked DualShock 5 images appear to reveal PS5 controller

Published: 6/Jan/2020 14:07 Updated: 6/Jan/2020 15:45

by Andy Williams

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Leaked images of the PlayStation 5 devkit have all but confirmed Sony’s DualShock 5 controller design and it’s startlingly similar to PS4’s fan-favored controller.

DualShock controllers have been at the heart of PlayStation’s gaming experience for over two decades. After first making its way onto the original PlayStation system in 1997, the DualShock has received incremental updates with each new generation of console.

As we look forward to PS5’s holiday season release later this year, more details are surfacing regarding the iconic controller’s design. Since any console is dependent on its peripherals, fans are desperate to get a glimpse on what Sony will deliver with their staple DualShock design.

ThePapiGfunk (YouTube)The DualShock controller has matured into its fourth generation… Could we be seeing a fifth with the PS5?

DualShock 4, but different…

Patents filed by Sony appeared to highlight that the upcoming controller would utilize buttons on the back, akin to Microsoft’s premium ‘Xbox Elite’ controller.

This would undoubtedly provide more functionality, but perhaps the most notable part was the glaring exclusion of the ‘Home’ button from the center of the pad — substituted for a seemingly larger touchpad. 

Up until this point, these drawings were merely a concept. But now, a leak appears to have confirmed what was previously deduced from Sony’s patent publication. 

The leaked images on the PS5 subreddit show the lack of Home button, in place for a larger touchpad surface area. Moreover, Sony appears to have continued with the fan-favored concave analog sticks that were initially introduced with DualShock 4.

PS5 Devkit Cleaning from PS5

At a glance, there is not a lot more than can be inferred from the photos. However, upon closer inspection, the pad seems to have thicker handles than the DualShock 4 model — perhaps to force the hands into a more natural position to reach the rear paddles that are reportedly being added. 

On the topic of those rear paddles, the leaked images do not confirm whether they are permanent fixture to the base model of the controller or an additional attachment — similar to the new ‘Back Button Attachment’ which was recently released for DualShock 4.

PatentscopeSony’s patent images for DualShock 5.

Given that the rumored PS5 devkit is in the background of the shots, it appears that this controller could be the working prototype for in-house developers as of right now… A far cry from the previously leaked ‘PlaySation Multifunction Game Controller’ which slipped through the cracks in the beginning of December, 2019.

Should these leaks hold substance, it appears that Sony is sticking with the same formula from DualShock 4 pad with some next-gen compatible tweaks. Heck, if it ain’t broke…

Valorant

Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal

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A Valorant developer gave weight to the idea of map-specific queues after Icebox’s mixed reception made it difficult for some to get any meaningful practice on the map.

Icebox has been a divisive addition to Valorant. There are some members of the community who swear it’s a great example of a tactical map that demands a thoughtful approach to Agent ability usage; and there are others who believe it’s the worst map to grace the game.

Unfortunately, people in either camp share the same matchmaking playlist. This presents a problem, at times, in which people who want to play Icebox can matchmake with someone else who will then dodge that particular map.

Luckily, there are discussions within Riot Games for a solution that could include special playlists that feature specific maps.

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Some players have been dodging Icebox too many times, and Riot might try to find a solution for it.

“Could you please put a separate queue so that we can quickly get some experience,” a message to Riot said. “I found it hard to get used to Icebox because people keep dodging so I can’t rack up the hours to get used to the map.”

Riot Insight and Strategy dev on Valorant, Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm, responded with an encouraging word, noting how the idea is “a great suggestion and it’s something we’ve talked about ourselves as well.”

One of the last times Riot addressed map selection playlists was back in July, when Senior Producer Ian Fielding said from a competitive standpoint, separating the matchmaking pool wasn’t ideal for players.

“Splitting up matchmaking into separate map pools would reduce the overall players in our matchmaking pool,” Fielding said in an Ask Valorant blog. “Which not only slows down matchmaking, but makes it more difficult for us to produce fair matches.

“Given that, we currently don’t have plans to enable map specific selection for Matchmaking.”

riot valorant map selection

As disappointed as some players might have been, Altombre’s update has given some hope that Valorant could one day include these smaller matchmaking queues.

Although who’s to say it would look anything like the kind found in CS:GO. In League of Legends, Riot has people lock in a primary and secondary role to choose which one they get in a match.

In some instances, a player won’t get either. Moreover, if the system determines there’s a lack of sufficient players queuing for a certain role, then the game offers a brief reward for anyone willing to fill it.

csgo map selector matchmaking
Valve via 7tlo Reddit
A map selector could be coming to Valorant, though it might not look what people are familiar in CS:GO.

A general idea like that could be applied to Valorant’s maps. Although tweaked to fit the concept, that could be a solution to let people choose which two locales they prefer, while maintaining the possibility of getting any map at the end of the day.

In either case, it sounds like Riot wants to tackle this issue in some capacity soon, and hopefully it results in a meaningful quality of life update for Valorant.