We are mere months away from the new generation of consoles being launched. The Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 is set to battle it out for supremacy in the new generation, bringing similar hardware, but unique experiences. Sony has yet to reveal their console but have unveiled the wireless controller for the PlayStation 5, which is called the DualSense controller.
For the first time since in PlayStation’s launch more than 25 years ago, the controller will not be called DualShock. According to Sony, this is for good reason – they have significantly upgraded the haptic feedback engines to give the player much improved sensations for different gaming scenarios.
The design of the new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is an evolution of designs of the past but could be characterised as the biggest change in their history. The sides have been resculpted to make it more comfortable for people with all hand shapes and sizes. It is also slightly larger than the DualShock 4 controller to house the improved hardware features.
In a first for the company, the DualSense wireless controller is predominantly white with some black accents towards the bottom where the analogue stick controllers, start button and new built-in microphone is housed. This means you won’t necessarily need a headset to communicate during multiplayer games. Don’t expect the microphone to be of the highest quality, though.
It no longer has a Share button, which has been replaced with the Create button. It isn’t clear what additional features will be, but we expect to get more information from Sony soon. The notification light panel has been moved from the front of the wireless controller to underneath the touchpad, which will make it much more visible to the player while in a session.
Sony has been keeping their cards close to their chest in the runup to the full launch of the PlayStation 5, in contrast to the new Xbox which has essentially already been fully revealed. We can expect the PS5 console to follow a similar design language as the DualSense wireless controller, which will be a big departure from the angular (boring?) design of the PS4.