The upcoming console will be accompanied by the re-imagined DualSense
Update: A PlayStation employee has confirmed via Twitter that the DualSense will feature a headphone jack, much like the DualShock 4.
Similar to the pre-launch period of the PlayStation 4, Sony has first revealed the controller for its upcoming console.
A PlayStation Blog post Tuesday showed off the new control pad, which features a sleek new look and a two-toned color scheme.
The post by PlayStation’s Senior Vice President of Platform Planning and Management Hideaki Nishino covers some of the new features of the controller, including its haptic feedback system and new Create button, which replaces the DualShock 4’s Share button.
“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 and 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.”
Though the controller seems to be largely the same as the DualShock 4 in shape, size and overall feel, Nishino said Sony decided to keep what gamers loved about the DualShock 4 intact while adding new innovations to the mix.
Among the new features detailed in the post is the addition of haptic feedback.
“[Haptic feedback] adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud,” Nishino said. “We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.”
Along with this new technology, the design of the controller was slightly altered to change the feel of the triggers and to add more grip, according to the post.
The controller’s weight and battery life have also been improved over the DualShock 4, Nishino said.
According to the post, the new Create button will allow players to “create epic gameplay content to share with the world.” More details on that feature were promised for a later date.
Another new feature of the DualSense is a built-in microphone, so players can quickly communicate without having to use a headset. And though it is not mentioned in the post, photos reveal a new mute button for the microphone just under the newly-redesigned PlayStation button.
Lastly, the light bar has been moved from the front of the controller to behind and around the touch pad, “giving it a slightly larger look and feel.”
The PlayStation 5 console has yet to be revealed but Sony recently detailed the new console’s specifications.
“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,” Ryan said. “We look forward to sharing more information about PS5, including the console design, in the coming months.”