For the first time since the original PlayStation’s release, Sony has decided to break away from the DualShock line.
Instead of using the “DualShock” name, the controller for the PlayStation 5 will go under the “DualSense” name, the first of its kind. Also, it’s not just going under a different name, it also looks a whole lot different from the previous DualShock controllers.
For one it’s rounder and looking a lot more ergonomic. Not to mention, the white-on-black aesthetic is a stark contrast to the jet-black default that Sony previously went with. Also different are the placement of the light bars, while a new “Create” button will take the place of the “Share” button of the DualShock 4.
Here’s a quick rundown of all the new changes and additions to the DualSense.
- Haptic feedback — The DualSense’s haptic feedback feature is the rumble functionality of the DualShock 4 on steroids. It won’t just rumble every now and then during certain gameplay moments. It features far more varied types of feedback for a more immersive gaming experience.
- Adaptive triggers — Speaking of immersion, Sony wants to make gamers feel the in-game tension even more. The “L2” and “R2” buttons of the DualSense will reportedly adjust and adapt depending on what you’re doing in-game. This means that drawing strings on a bow or firing heavy machinery will feel heavier, among other things.
- Create — Replacing the “Share” button is the all-new “Create” button. From what we know of, both are functionally the same. However, Sony did go on to announce that the button will reportedly pave the way for players to create and share gameplay content for their own amusement and/or for sharing to the rest of the world.
- Built-in microphone — This is pretty self-explanatory.
Similar to the DualShock 4, the DualSense will continue to use a rechargeable internal battery and will stick with the same symmetrical layout.