PlayStation 5 Controller Revealed, Called DualSense

PlayStation 5 Controller Revealed, Called DualSense - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 May 2020 / 3,366 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment has released the first look at the new wireless game controller for the PlayStation 5, called the DualSense.

The overall layout of the controller remains the same with the locations for the d-pad, thumbsticks, face buttons, and triggers remaining unchanged. However, the overall design and shape is much more similar to the Xbox One controller than what was seen with the DualShock 4 controller. The touchpad is also returning. 

The controller now features Haptic feedback and adaptive triggers on the L2 and R2 triggers. The Share button has been replaced with a Create button. "With Create, we’re once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves. We’ll have more details on this feature as we get closer to launch," reads the blog post.


The controller features white as the main color, with back as secondary. There is also a blue light that illuminates from the center. This is a change from the traditional single color for previous PlayStation controllers.

There is also a built-in microphone that enables players to chat with friends without a headset. However, Sony recommends the use of a headset for longer periods.

"DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5," said Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan.

"The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games – continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future. To the PlayStation community, I truly want to thank you for sharing this exciting journey with us as we head toward PS5’s launch in Holiday 2020. We look forward to sharing more information about PS5, including the console design, in the coming months." 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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58 Comments

Poliwrathlord (on 07 April 2020)

I like everything but the color scheme. Excited to try this out.


fauzman (on 08 April 2020)

Lol. Thats where I differ from you - I LOVE the new colour scheme. It looks cool and is certainly different from anything else out there.


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Imaginedvl (on 07 April 2020)

Looks amazing :) If the console has the same "scheme" it may be really cool too.


NextGen_Gamer (on 07 April 2020)

Honestly I love it. Seems like the color scheme is pretty polarizing - either people hate it or love it like me. At the very least you have to admit it's interesting and different. REALLY makes me wonder how the PS5 console will look now, since the console+controller has always had the same design/colors shared between them in past PlayStation generations.


JWeinCom (on 07 April 2020)

Features are fine. It was a good controller, no need for a major overhaul. I really don't like the coloring though.


Ashadelo (on 07 April 2020)

I dont know.... it reminds me of a 3rd party controller in terms of design. That being said, if it feels good in the hands, that matters waaaay more than the look of it.


VAMatt (on 07 April 2020)

Looks like an improvement, in that the shape is preferable to me (over the DS4). However, my biggest complaint with DS4 is the mediocre battery life. So, I'd like to know if that has been substantially improved.


TallSilhouette (on 07 April 2020)

"We also took thoughtful consideration into ways to maintain a strong battery life for DualSense's rechargeable battery, and to lessen the weight of the controller as much as possible as new features were added."


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fauzman (on 08 April 2020)

Well the full article did mention that battery life was one of the things they looked at very closely when designing it so I am expecting it to be a significant improvement over the DS4. At the very least the light bar has been reduced drastically in size so I expect that to help quite a bit.


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VAMatt (on 08 April 2020)

The wording is what concerns me. They could have just said "improved battery life" if they had in fact improved the battery life. The wording used could just mean that they've tried not to make the battery life even worse.


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routsounmanman (on 08 April 2020)

Am I the only one that finds it utterly amazing? Especially the color scheme?


KLAMarine (on 07 April 2020)

Are those translucent buttons?


COKTOE (on 08 April 2020)

I think you're right. It's more noticeable looking at it in profile. Didn't see this yesterday.


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NextGen_Gamer (on 08 April 2020)

You ARE right! That's awesome. I didn't notice either but if you pull up the images from the actual PS Blog post, you can see it clear as day. Those images are massive 6.3MP ones, so you can zoom waaayyyy in. Definitely translucent buttons and that makes it even cooler!


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deskpro2k3 (on 07 April 2020)

That is fire. I really like it.


sundin13 (on 07 April 2020)

D-pad looks squishy instead of clicky. I've never liked squishy D-pads. Otherwise seems pretty standard.


Rafie (on 07 April 2020)

I'm feeling everything about the controller. Especially the color scheme. Not your typical black since the PS2 days. As long as the d pad still feels the same, we're good money.


TallSilhouette (on 07 April 2020)

Feels like it took elements from each of the big three. I like the color scheme, though I wouldn't say no to all black or white. Makes me think the console itself will be more interesting than a minimal black box, in any case.


Spike0503 (on 08 April 2020)

I love the colors. It makes it feel different from the last gens.


Dante9 (on 08 April 2020)

Looks really cool and high quality. The light surface is smaller now, so hopefully that will help those who have suffered from short battery life. Not an issue for me, I always buy an extra controller so that one is always ready to go. The only question for me is the new shape. I've never had anything to complain about before, so hopefully it doesn't feel TOO different from the past Dual Shocks.


trunkswd (on 07 April 2020)

With your first impression how would you rate the PS5 controller? 1-10?


NextGen_Gamer (on 07 April 2020)

10


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VAMatt (on 07 April 2020)

7

I thought the DS4 was okay, though lacking in battery life. I'd probably rate it a 6. I much prefer the XBone controller (I'd give it a 9), and since this gets slightly closer to that shape, I'm giving it a 7.


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DonFerrari (on 07 April 2020)

7. For me DS4 have been a 10 for my needs this gen.


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Darwinianevolution (on 07 April 2020)

Needs more colour/10.


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shikamaru317 (on 07 April 2020)

7.5/10. I like the shape and ergonomics, and the sleek futuristicness of of the design. I like that it has button inlays like the Xbox controllers instead of painted on buttons like PS4, gives it a more premium feel. I like that they are pushing vibration tech forwards with the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers (MS disappointed me by saying that they will only be reusing XB1 rumble motors in their Xbox Series controller). I like that better battery life than PS4 controller is mentioned. I don't like the 2 tone coloration, or the fact that the lightbar looks even more obnoxious than it was on PS4 (please let us disable it this time Sony!)


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deskpro2k3 (on 07 April 2020)

10/10


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Zenos (on 07 April 2020)

PS5/10.


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Azzanation (on 07 April 2020)

Looks good however it also looks expensive. Id say 7/10 but if the price is good, it goes up to an 8/10.


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JRPGfan (on 08 April 2020)

this is like a 7 outta 10. I think the contrast is too much, if they go with 2 colours, I'd want the darker colour to be a lighter tone (like say Playstation 1 grey?).


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Hynad (on 07 April 2020)

I like it. Looks to be an improvement over the DS4 in terms of ergonomics. But I would prefer if the button shapes had their classic colora. The color scheme looks good, but I think a mostly black with white accents (the opposite of what it is now) would looks better.


scottslater (on 07 April 2020)

First thought, it's ugly, lol. Looks like something you would get from a cheap 3rd party vendor on Wish, not impressed.


DonFerrari (on 07 April 2020)

I prefer the look of DS4, but let me hold it first before making conclusions, anyway I'm certain I'll get used to it at noe time or another.


The Fury (on 07 April 2020)

If that D-pad isn't right, playing fighting games is going to be hard.


JWeinCom (on 07 April 2020)

I've always had that issue with PSX controllers.


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Rafie (on 07 April 2020)

@JWeinCom Then what controllers do you play fighters with? Don't tell me an Xbox controller. While that controller is comfortable and great with shooters, it's not great with fighters. The dpad was severely lacking.


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The Fury (on 08 April 2020)

PS Controllers are top notch, the D-pad on original, DS1-3 were great. Nearly as good as SNES. The rest of the controller is fine but for fighting games, the d-pad is probably the best on the market at the moment.


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TheBraveGallade (on 07 April 2020)

I SWEAR to GOD, sony, if that LIGHT cuts down the battery life to LESS THEN 10 HOURS.... the fucking JOYCONS last 20 hours, you have no excuse


Blood_Tears (on 07 April 2020)

If a battery of less than 10 hours bothers you then I fail to see how bringing the Switch into the conversation is anything to brag about.


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Jranation (on 07 April 2020)

@Blood_Tears he is talking about controllers here


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JRPGfan (on 08 April 2020)

I wish the dark part, was actually "clear" plastic, so you could see through it, into the components behinde the controller :)


JRPGfan (on 08 April 2020)

That would have the benefit of makeing the controller look alot slimmer than it actually is too.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 07 April 2020)

Is it just me or does it have the same shape as the PS5 dev kit turned upside down? Maybe I'm just seeing things but this could be a hint the console is going to resemble the dev kit, maybe even with the same black and white theme.


Tridrakious (on 07 April 2020)

I wonder if they plan on having the console mimic the controller color style


Ka-pi96 (on 08 April 2020)

It looks kind of ugly. Too round. Disappointed they haven't removed the shitty share button. Renaming it doesn't make it any less shitty. If there's an option to completely disable it so accidentally pressing it doesn't screw up your game then it would be fine though. A built in microphone is an absolutely terrible feature though. I don't want random weirdos to be able to hear me.


omarct (on 08 April 2020)

Looks too bulky


tripenfall (on 07 April 2020)

The convenient addition of a microphone to listen to me at home and sell me stuff is brilliant :( The tensioned shoulder buttons and HD Rumble features look really cool... I like the white colour, I wonder if the console will be white also? That D Pad looks like hot trash I'm sorry.


siebensus4 (on 07 April 2020)

Finally I can see my sweat a bit better on the controller :P


Hynad (on 07 April 2020)

White is less reflective than black...


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Azzanation (on 07 April 2020)

I throught this was a stetch of the controller due to the lack of colour.. I like the inbuilt Mic, something i wish they all did.


SuperRetroTurbo (on 08 April 2020)

Does Xbox finally have real competition in the controller department???


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Zenos (on 07 April 2020)

No idea why they kept the touch pad - that thing was barely used even in first party games. There was nothing wrong with the Select button.


javi741 (on 07 April 2020)

It's better to at least have it as an option for developers than not.


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Imaginedvl (on 07 April 2020)

Well if they want the Play Station Five to be backward compatible, they probably need it?


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kazuyamishima (on 07 April 2020)

Until Dawn and a few more games used this feature.

And no, it's not going to be limited BC :)


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Zenos (on 08 April 2020)

@kazuyamishima The fact that you only cited one game pretty much proves my point. Also Sony's own statements show that the BC will slowly be rolled out and will not be there right away, which makes it limited by definition.


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