DualSense: PlayStation 5’s new controller brings big changes


Boidurjya Ganguly


Jun, 13.2020

We've seen a bit of what we can expect from the PlayStation 5 from the PlayStation event except the release date of course. However, it is still expected to launch later this year. A sleek new look and a more powerful hardware capacity is not the only thing it brings to the table. The controllers are also getting an overhaul. The new controller is called the DualSense and is a big move from the previous DualShock 4 design with many exciting new features. It also has a sleek two-tone coat of paint to match the overall design of the PS5 itself. According to Sony, while DualSense will retain what people love about the DualShock 4 it will also innovate in new ways that we previously haven't seen from controllers. 

The most noticeable difference between the DualSense and previous DualShock controllers is the sleek two-tone design. The light bar placement has also been changed-instead of being located at the top of the controller, it will now be on both sides of the touchpad which according to Sony will give it "a slightly larger look and feel". The controller is also slightly thicker in form than the previous DualShock controllers. Though the exact measurement is not known and it’s hard to judge the difference without holding one, the shape is definitely different from previous PlayStation controllers. Sony says that the angle of the hand triggers and grip have been updated to make room for some of the new features like adaptive triggers. 

We know that the DualSense will make use of haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. In a blog, Sony laid out in detail the variety of “powerful” sensations that haptic feedback can bring to the gameplay like the “the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud”. Haptic feedback is the same technology behind Nintendo Switch’s HD rumble and the Xbox Series X controller will make use of it as well. Adaptive triggers on the L2 and R2 buttons will introduce different levels of resistance with trigger presses which can combine with the haptic feedback system to create much more in-game immersion. According to Sony, you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.”

The DualSense will use a rechargeable battery like previous DualShock controllers. However, it will also include a USB-C port for its power cable and a built-in-mic to chat without requiring headphones. Though Sony does recommend one longer chat sessions. The share button has been replaced with a new create button though Sony hasn’t confirmed any more details about or how its functionality will differ from the share button. The controller does seem like a great technological leap and a big design leap as well and hopefully, it will create a truly immersive and phenomenal gaming experience along with every other innovation that comes with the PS5 but it looks like we will have to wait till holiday 2020 to find out exactly what it brings to the table.