DualSense the new PS5 controller : release date, design and features

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Everything to know about the new DualSense PS5 controller

Sony’s new DualSense PS5 controller, the gamepad we’ll be using with the PlayStation 5 when the next-gen console lands in late 2020, has finally been unveiled, and we’ve rounded up all the information you need to know.

The PS5 controller looks radically different from the company’s previous gamepad designs, instead sporting a new futuristic look, a white and black color scheme, and a boomerang-like shape that has divided the opinion of fans.

But regardless of whether you love it or hate it, the DualSense controller has some fantastic-sounding features that we can’t wait to get our hands on, such as adaptive shoulder button triggers with haptic feedback, a built-in microphone, and a new ‘Create’ button that replaces the PS4 Share button.

Interested to find out more? Here’s everything we know so far about the DualSense PS5 controller.


  • What is the DualSense? Sony’s next-generation PlayStation 5 controller
  • When’s the DualSense release date? “Holiday 2020” (to coincide with the release of the PS5)
  • What will be the controller’s price? TBC, but likely around £60/$70/AU$120
  • Can you still use a PS4 controller on the PS5? According to PlayStation, yes
  • Does the DualSense PS5 controller come in black? Sony hasn’t confirmed if the PS5 controller will come in other colors – but we’re expecting it may after launch


Sony finally revealed the DualSense Controller to the world in a PlayStation Blog post on April 7, 2020 – giving us our first glimpse of the next-gen gamepad.

The Sony PS5 controller will release alongside the PlayStation 5 during the “Holiday” 2020 period – so sometime between October and December.

We’re expecting that the DualSense PS5 controller, like the DualShock 4 before it, will work not only on the PlayStation 5 but also with PC.


A price for the DualSense PS5 controller has not been confirmed yet, but with the PS4 controller retailing for around £40/$50/AU$80, we expect the DualSense to be just a bit more expensive – we’d predict around £60/$70/AU$120.

This is pure speculation at this point, based solely on the confirmed features and Sony’s previous price strategy for controllers. It’s likely Sony will confirm the PS5 controller price in the coming months ahead of launch.


The formal reveal of the DualSense controller confirmed what we’ve heard about the PS5 controller features for a while. Here are all the features we know about so far:

Haptic feedback
Haptic feedback will replace the DualShock 4’s rumble technology. While the rumble technology seen in the PS4 controller vibrates intensely during particular in-game events, it wasn’t particularly fine-tuned to the player’s experience.

Haptic feedback simulates touch, meaning the controller will output vibrations or movements to replicate a real-life touch experience. This aims to improve the controller’s feedback and therefore player’s immersion.

In an interview with Business Insider Japan (translated by Gematsu), SIE CEO Jim Ryan said:

“3D audio and the haptic feedback support of the controller are also things that, when you try them, you will be surprised at how big a change they are. Even just playing the racing game Gran Turismo Sport with a PlayStation 5 controller is a completely different experience.

“While it runs well with the previous controller, there is no going back after you experience the detailed road surface via haptic control and play using the adaptive triggers.”

Adaptive triggers
The PS5 controller will also feature adaptive triggers which Sony says have “been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2)”. These adaptive triggers will allow developers to program the resistance of the triggers to simulate actions more accurately.

New ‘Create’ button
There’s no Share button on the DualSense controller, but there is a Create Button, and it’ll perform the same function and more. “We’re once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves,” is how Sony describes it. Expect more on this as we get closer to launch.

Audio jack
The PS5 controller will still feature an audio jack, too, so you can plug in your own headphones and headsets.

Built-in microphone
The DualSense controller will also include a built-in microphone, and Sony says you’ll be able to use this to talk with your friends online without the use of a gamepad. Of course, for folks who still want one, Sony says it will still support them.


Huawei presents the Nova 7, 7 Pro and 7 SE, three 5G smartphones.

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The Nova 7i already launched in Malaysia a few weeks ago. While it can be called the first Nova 7 smartphone, it is actually just a rebranded Nova 6 SE. Yesterday, it was reported the “real“ Nova 7 will be released in April, shortly after the launch of the Huawei P40 series whose launch date has been announced already. Today, a new leak has revealed that there will be three (for now) Nova 7 phones and all three will have 5G support.

The source of the info is Digital Chat Station and a post made on Weibo earlier today reveals the names of the three phones that make up the Nova 7 series. According to the post, there will be a Nova 7 5G, a Nova 7 SE 5G, and a Nova 7 Pro 5G.

Huawei Nova 7 5G series

The post mentions there will be a Kirin 990 5G processor under the hood and OLED displays with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

UPDATE : The Huawei Nova 7, 7 Pro and 7 SE have just been formalized in China. 

They are distinguished by a premium design and the integration of the new SoC Kirin 985 for the first two models. The Kirin 985 is a high-end 5G chip that is located halfway between the Kirin 980 and 990. The Nova 7 SE as far as it is concerned is a mid-range smartphone which benefits from a very honorable technical data sheet. Everything is offered from 2,799 yuan in China (around € 367 gross).

Huawei Nova 7 Pro: technical form

Let’s start with the Nova 7 Pro, the more advanced version of the three proposals. Its design strongly recalls that of the P40 Pro with its curved almost borderless screen and its large hole in the upper left corner. The screen is OLED type and displays a diagonal of 6.57 inches in 2340 × 1080 pixel resolution (19.5: 9 ratio) . The smartphone is equipped with a SoC Kirin 985, the new premium chip that is already found on the high-end Honor 30, 30 Pro and 30 Pro + .

This processor directly integrates a 5G modem and is supported by 8 GB of RAM memory for 128 or 256 GB of non-expandable internal storage. The battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh. For the photo part, the smartphone has four sensors: a 64 MP main module , an 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, an 8 MP telephoto lens and a 2 MP macro lens.

The Huawei Nova7 Pro supports 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and up to 50x for digital zoom. As indicated by the size of the hole in the screen, there are 2 sensors for selfies: a 32 MP + module supported by an 8 MP wide-angle sensor.

The characteristics of Huawei Nova 7 and 7 SE

The Huawei Nova 7 standard has a design similar to the Nova 7 Pro, unlike the hole in the screen that takes the form of a drop of water. Under the hood, their characteristics are also similar: the smartphone has a slightly smaller OLED screen whose size is 6.53 inches (FHD +) . We also find here the SoC Kirin 985 supported by 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage . The configuration of the photo sensors is the same at the rear. On the front, the Huawei Nova 7 has a single 32 MP sensor. The battery also has a capacity of 4000 mAh.

Finally, the Nova 7 SE is the “Lite” version of the family taking advantage of a Kirin 820 SoC engraved in 7 nm and also having an integrated 5G modem. The smartphone has a 6.5 inch screen, but this time LCD. Its photo sensors are the same as those of the Nova 7 and 7 Pro on the back. For selfies, there is a 16 MP module. Its battery has a capacity of 4,000 mAh. The Nova 7 SE is available in 6 GB / 128 GB and 8 GB / 128 GB versions.

Availability and price

The Huawei Nova 7, 7 Pro and 7 SE are already available in China. We do not know for the moment if they will arrive in Europe, but here is the configuration of prices on the Chinese market and the gross conversion to euro.

  • Huawei Nova 7 SE : 6 GB + 128 GB – 2,799 yuan (~ € 367)
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE : 8 GB + 128 – 2399 yuan (~ € 313)
  • Huawei Nova 7 : 8 GB + 128 GB – 2,999 yuan (~ € 392)
  • Huawei Nova 7 : 8 GB + 256 GB – 3399 yuan (~ 445 €)
  • Huawei Nova 7 Pro : 8 GB + 128 GB – 3699 yuan (~ 484 €)
  • Huawei Nova 7 Pro : 8 GB + 256 GB – 4,099 yuan (~ € 536)

As a reminder, the last smartphone in the Nova line to have been launched in Europe is the Huawei Nova 5T.


VIDEO – Xbox Series X Microsoft Unveils Next Gen Video Game Console

Eight times more powerful than the Xbox One, the future console from Microsoft promises to run games in 8K and practically eliminate load times. It will be sold at the end of 2020.

Series X. Microsoft lifted the veil on its next video game console by surprise in Los Angeles Thursday, December 12. The Redmond company took advantage of the 2019 Game Awards ceremony which rewarded the best games of the year to reveal the name, appearance and main characteristics of its future machine.

Known so far  under the name Project Scarlett , the Xbox Series X will succeed the Xbox One at the end of 2020. This new nomenclature suggests the launch of a range to come. The latest rumors reported the development of a second game console more accessible game console giving access to dematerialized games, which could be the Xbox Series S.

On the first images released by Microsoft, the Xbox Series X recalls the appearance of certain PCs. Unlike the Xbox One, it seems to be positioned vertically in the same way as a computer tower. It is accompanied by a new joystick very close to the current pad to which has been added a button for screenshots.

The film does not specify the technical characteristics of the console. Microsoft head of Xbox division Phil Spencer told Gamesspot that it will have a GPU eight times more powerful than that of the Xbox One and twice as powerful as that of the Xbox One X. The latest rumors evoked a theoretical power of 12 teraflops capable of running games in 4K at 60 frames per second or even titles in 8K.