Now known as the DualSense, as opposed to the usual DualShock naming convention, the new wireless controller will feature a handful of new technology and tricks to help make games more immersive.
From a functionality perspective, Sony has kept a lot about what gamers love about the DualShock 4 intact, while also adding new functionality – most specifically in the touch and audio departments.
Playstation confirmed that the new controller features haptic technology to provide feedback, such as resistance when driving through gritty mud in a rally game, for example, rather than the rumble feature which has existed since the PS2 era. Additionally, the new controllers will feature “Adaptive Triggers”, meaning that developers could adjust the resistance and feedback on L2 and R2 trigger buttons, such as adding extra tension when pulling a bow versus a gun trigger in a game, for example.
No Mic Needed
DualSense also adds a built-in microphone array, which will enable players to easily chat with friends without a headset – ideal for jumping into a quick conversation. But of course, if you are planning to chat for a longer period, it’s good to have that headset handy.
Design-wise, the most notable thing is the two-tone colour-scheme of the controller, along with the revised position of the light bar, which now sits on the sides of the touch pad to give an extra pop. The angles of the hand triggers have also been adjusted, along with the weight of the controller being cut as much as possible.
The DualShock 4’s ‘Share’ button has now been replaced with a ‘Create’ button, which, according to Sony, will operate in a similar fashion, but add new features to the capture/share gameplay experience so many gamers enjoy.
When will it arrive?
Despite the delays and production complications with the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Sony is confident that the Playstation 5 will arrive in Q4 2020. Other than that, nothing has been said regarding price-point, although some rumours are popping up with regards to what it will cost.
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