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.
PS5 CONTROLLER — KEY FACTS
- 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
DUALSENSE —RELEASE DATE
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.
PS5 CONTROLLER — PRICE
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.
PS5 CONTROLLER— FEATURES
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 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.”
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.
The PS5 controller will still feature an audio jack, too, so you can plug in your own headphones and headsets.
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.