Sony has revealed what the new DualSense controller will look like for the upcoming PlayStation 5, so let's just take a minute to soak it all in.
While the world waits to see what the next-gen console will actually look like, this new controller hints at what sweeping changes could lie ahead for the PS5. For starters, this redesigned model is being called the DualSense, a slight departure from the DualShock series, which first launched in the late 1990s.
While the DualSense shares some similarities in terms of layout to the DualShock 4, Sony focused on delivering a more immersive experience through its new controller. That starts with the haptic feedback, which as Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of platform planning and management at Sony explains on the PlayStation blog, "adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud."
The DualSense will include a slightly more angled design to the L2 and R2 buttons, in addition to "adaptive triggers," which will make you "truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow."
There have also been a few slight tweaks made to the DualSense. The "Share" button is now called "Create," and Nishino promises to provide more information regarding what that change entails later on. This new controller will include a built-in microphone, a USB-C port, subtle updates to the grip, and then of course, there's the two-toned design.
If you've been riding with Microsoft at any point from, say, 2001 to the present, then you might've notice it looks a bit familiar. While it's close enough to a DualShock to look like the next evolution of that line, a bunch of people all made the simultaneous observation that it's got some Xbox in its blood too:
The PlayStation 5 is expected to be released later this year around the holidays.