Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 wireless controller: DualSense™

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 wireless controller: DualSense™
Sony's new controller won't be DualShock 5 as expected




The first details of the PS5 were announced at  CES 2020 which took place earlier this year,  where we saw just the logo. Next was last month, where Sony unveiled more info on the highly anticipated PlayStation 5 console, revealing the specs and a few new features which left if not most, a significant amount of the PlayStation fans disappointed as compared to the new Xbox Series X's specs.

Today, Sony officially revealed the new PlayStation 5 controller, named DualSense™ -- a big surprise as the majority expected it to be the "DualShock 5" to succeed DualShock 4, 3, 2 for the PS4, PS3 and PS2 respectively including the original PlayStation 1 console which was also remade in 2018.

In a just-released blog post by Sony: 

We’ve reached an exciting milestone with PlayStation 5, as we’re starting to ship our new controller in its final design to developers who are implementing its unique features into their games. But first, we wanted everyone in the PlayStation community to get a first look at the DualSense™ wireless controller, and hear our vision for how the new controller will captivate more of your senses as you interact with the virtual worlds in PS5 games. The features of DualSense, along with PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech, will deliver a new feeling of immersion to players.
- Hideaki Nishino (Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management)

What's New in DualSense 5?

According to PlayStation, a lot was of "what you love about the DualShock 4 controller" (for the PS4)  was retained for the new DualSense 5 controller along with slight design changes and new features.

Haptic Feedback

Haptic feedback has been a popular tech currently, Apple ditched the 3D touch in favor of the haptic feedback since the release of the iOS 13. Sony says the new feature will add " ... a variety of powerful sensations you'll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through the mud"

Improved L2 & R2

Sony says it has 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."

In-built mic

Sony's new DualSense 5 controller for the Playstation 5 finally has an in-built microphone array, a feature I personally look forward to. Now you will be able to chat with your friends without and external microphone/headset.

Misc.

The new DS5 controller is lighter and has a much better battery life as compared it its predecessor. The 'SHARE" button has also been replaced with "CREATE" as Sony is " ... pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world"

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