With both Sony and Microsoft releasing new consoles this year, we’re going to start seeing concrete details about them v soon, and that’s already started with our first look at the PlayStation 5’s new controller.
Called the DualSense (instead of the PlayStation’s classic DualShock models), it looks clean, easy to use, ergonomic and part of some smooth futuristic fantasy world we might all end up in post-Covid-19.
Or, as some are saying on Twitter, like the lovechild of the Xbox One and PS4.
And I oop.
Here’s everything new about the PlayStation 5’s DualSense
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony’s Platform Planning & Management senior vice president Hideaki Nishino explained everything new about the PlayStation 5’s DualSense.
Perhaps the weirdest new change is the DualShock 4’s touchpad is now what PlayStation are calling the “haptic feedback.”
According to its designers, it aims to “add a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud,” because if there’s one thing immersion in games lacks, it’s feeling like a nasty little goblin.
“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.”
I can’t be the only one who read this and was reminded of The Last Of Us’s and PlayStation and bisexual icon Ellie. Thank God The Last Of Us Part II is coming out this year, y’all.
Ofc, the classic X (did y’all know it’s meant to be a cross???), circle, square and triangle buttons, R1, R2, L1 and L2 buttons, d-pad and dual joysticks remain. But, the console also omits the PS4’s Share button for something called “Create.” How ominous.
Other new features include a built-in microphone and a usb-c port, much like the Nintendo Switch.
Xbox + PlayStation = DualSense
And, as some fans on Twitter are bringing up, the DualSense looks an awful lot like the lovechild of the Xbox One’s controller and the PlayStation 4.
And I won’t lie to you, once you see it you can’t unsee it.
You’ve been warned.
When is the PlayStation 5 coming out?
According to Nishino, the controller’s schematics have already been shared to developers so they can integrate these new tools into PlayStation 5 exclusives and launch day titles. We’ll know more about it, the console, how much it’ll cost, when it launches and what games will be available sometime later this year.
But, with E3 expo cancelled this year and large social gatherings postponed indefinitely, Sony and Microsoft are no doubt going to continue sharing info virtually (holding out for a virtual E3 tbh, or for us Aussies who stream it at 3am, E3 lmao).