PS5 controller announced

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Courtesy PlayStation

Matthew Jones, Contributing Reporter

Sony has been very hush-hush about the PlayStation 5 (PS5) coming out this year, but they gave us the first look at the PS5 controller, known now as the DualSense,  earlier last week. Even though this may seem like a small thing to announce, this is the biggest thing revealed about the PS5 since the specs reveal.

 

The most noticeable things about the DualSense are the colors and the shape. Both the controller itself and the buttons. Instead of the complete black that we are all used to, the controller now two-toned white and black. This makes it stand out among any of the other PlayStation controllers out there seeing as they have been a single color since the PlayStation. Sony says that this is a “radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5.” 

 

The other color changes are the buttons as well as the D-Pad. These are now clear with a grey image to show what button you are pressing.

 

The shape of the DualSense has been compared to that of the Xbox One controller. This is due to the fact that this shape is believed to be the best shape for all hand sizes. Time will tell if the new shape is the direction that Sony will go with in the future.

 

Along with the new colors, there is also a new design for the light bar. Instead of being one solid light on the front of the controller, it is now two separate smaller light bars on the sides of the touchpad.

 

The final aesthetic change for the DualSense is the home button. This has been changed from a round clear button with the PlayStation logo inside of it, to the Playstation button itself.

 

The triggers may look the same, but they are very different. Instead of being your normal press to aim and shoot triggers, these are new adaptive triggers. They will be able to simulate the feeling of various tensions. One example that has been used is that if you are drawing a bow in-game, the triggers will become more resistant just like a bowstring would.

 

The “Share” button is now known as the “Create” button, it expands on what the “Share” button did by offering new ways to show off gaming clips. No specifics were mentioned so we will have to wait until Sony shows us more.

 

DualSense also adds a built-in microphone array, which will enable players to easily talk to friends without a headset. This is used mainly for jumping in and out of conversations so, if you plan on long term use, you will still need a headset.