Introducing DualSense, the New Wireless Game Controller for PlayStation 5

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Introducing DualSense, the New Wireless Game Controller for PlayStation 5

See the first images of DualSense, which will bring the sense of touch to PS5 gameplay.

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.

When PS4 launched in 2013, the DualShock 4 wireless controller garnered a lot of positive feedback from gamers and developers for being the best PlayStation controller yet, and for introducing forward-looking features like the Share button. This brought us to the next question – how do we build upon that success?

After thoughtful consideration, we decided to keep much of what gamers love about DualShock 4 intact, while also adding new functionality and refining the design. Based on our discussions with developers, we concluded that the sense of touch within gameplay, much like audio, hasn’t been a big focus for many games. We had a great opportunity with PS5 to innovate by offering game creators the ability to explore how they can heighten that feeling of immersion through our new controller. This is why we adopted haptic feedback, which adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud. 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.

This provided us with an exciting challenge to design a new controller that builds off of the current generation, while taking into account the new features we were adding. For example, with adaptive triggers, we had to consider how the components would fit into the hardware, without giving it a bulky feeling. Our design team worked closely with our hardware engineers to place the triggers and actuators. The designers were then able to draw the lines of how the exterior of the controller would look and feel, with a challenge of making the controller feel smaller than it really looks. In the end, we changed the angle of the hand triggers and also made some subtle updates to the grip. 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.

For the buttons, you’ll notice there is no longer a “Share” button as we had with DualShock 4. Don’t worry – it’s not going away. In fact, we’ve built upon the success of our industry-first Share button to bring you a new “Create” button feature. 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.

DualSense also adds a built-in microphone array, which will enable players to easily chat with friends without a headset – ideal for jumping into a quick conversation. But of course, if you are planning to chat for a longer period, it’s good to have that headset handy.

Now, let’s talk about the colors. Traditionally our base controllers have a single color. As you can see, we went a different direction this time around, and decided on a two-toned design. Additionally, we changed the position of the light bar that will give it an extra pop. On DualShock 4, it sat on the top of the controller; now it sits at each side of the touch pad, giving it a slightly larger look and feel.

In all, we went through several concepts and hundreds of mockups over the last few years before we settled on this final design. DualSense has been tested by a wide range of gamers with a variety of hand sizes, in order for us to achieve the comfort level we wanted, with great ergonomics. Our goal with DualSense is to give gamers the feeling of being transported into the game world as soon as they open the box. We want gamers to feel like the controller is an extension of themselves when they’re playing – so much so that they forget that it’s even in their hands!

We are thrilled about sharing the final look of the DualSense controller with our fans, and we can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it! I’d like to close with a message from SIE President & CEO Jim Ryan to the community:


“DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5. 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.”

– Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment

“DualSense” is a registered trademark or trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

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1,753 Comments

  • When we can preorder the ps5?? Can’t wait!!!

  • The controller is so beautiful 😍😍😍😍 but ps4 is way more beautiful than the ps5. I think PS4😎 and PS5😎will be a bit the same and i hope this time the ps4 controller can work in the PS5😎 and the PS5😎 controller can work in the PS4😎
    They should also provide a Bluetooth headset if it doesn’t come with a headphone Jack

  • It looks futuristic, I do like it, can’t wait to try it out.

  • Looks like a third party made it and I wish it was called DualShock 5.

  • As long as white isnt the only color I’m fine with that. The touchpad is useless though.

  • Absolutely horrendous :/

    • I’m beginning to think that everyone who actually played games at Sony left during the PS3’s lifespan. Many choices from PS4 onward have been very questionable, and all of the comments from staff members about playing games are all related to the “trendy” titles.

  • THIS **** IS THE BEST, great fucking job sony

  • Awesome!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • It’s amazing. I’m in love with it

  • Will be full compatible with PS4 unlike Dualshock 4 on PS3 (not Sixasis or PS button)?

  • Are you KIDDING ME?! This is amazing! Beautiful! Futuristic! Interesting! Super attention grabbing, and eXTREEEEEMELY HYPE!!!
    Thank you PS Team for always finding ways to be pioneers in the industry of gaming. We love you, and we wouldn’t be the same without you, whatsoever. Live long and prosper 🖖😁

  • FINALLY! A controller with suspenders. Took long enough!

  • Are there back buttons? Adjustable stick lengths, a “pro” version? Or are we gonna have to overpay for 3rd party version and an attachment 7 years after release to get features that should have been standard a long time ago?

  • There better be an all black version of the console and controller. This 2-toned amateur look is going to be a massive eyesore in my entertainment room.

  • Looks dope! Hope there’s a feature to dim the light like with the ps4 having a bright light while you play could be distracting

  • Amazing job, well done

  • Not gonna lie, it looks awful

    • I don’t know about awful, but it definitely took all of the worst parts of DualShock 4 and made them even worse. For the first time, I’m questioning the future of Sony.

  • No headphone-jack? I’m gonna miss that. It is so convenient on the current Dualshock controller.

  • Why no back buttons, and lcd touchscreen? Love the design tho, combining Xboxc and PS4c together. Hopefully, they use better material for the analog stick, instead of that weak ass material that peel off real quick when PS4c came out.

  • That’s a nice looking controller.

  • It’s like a panda… :3c

  • Best controller I have ever seen. Love the 2 tone about time we had a change. This is truly next level

  • Ahhhh yeah!

  • Have you fixed the balance issues?
    The PS2 controller is perfectly balanced so that your fingers naturally go to all four shoulder buttons but the PS4 controller is weighted at the front so your forced to hold it at the two triggers otherwise you’ll end up dropping it

  • Ps4 controller design looks better in my opinion.

  • I resent the design of this. It looks weird, and the colours contrast terribly.

  • Yikes. No back paddles and something that brings the feels to your hands…can we turn that garbage off?

    10 out of 10 for looks, but hopefully I can just use a dualshock 4 or mouse and keyboard.

  • Love it looks awesome. Gr8 job

  • The design seems like a solid iteration on the Dualshock 4, especially removing the ill judged light bar that reflected back from the television whenever the screen was slightly dark, however that white/black contrast, yikes. Genuinely shocking to see such poor aesthetics on a first party controller.

  • I’m not happy. As I may prove, since 2017 I’m asking for more buttons. I never felt ok pressing R1+L1, R3+L3, etc. I played mostly God of War, Paragon and Tera and was very clear, very obvious Dualshock 4 need more buttons. Front buttons.

    I even imagined a world were dualshock 5 would have 9 buttons, making front to keyboard and accelerating game adapt to consoles. Another thing I requested a lot war build in microphone, that’s is good, but, I’m not happy with dualsense.

  • I find it simultaneously beautiful and hideous. I am intrigued.

    Haven’t read the article yet. I’ll edit this if I have anything else to say.

  • Wow! I imagine me playing gta 6 with it i’am so amazed

  • 2tone is sweeeeeet af, as well as the led lighting

  • That looks fantastic. I can’t friggin’ wait! I love the penciled in 2D look when looking straight at it. Have also always wanted the light to be in the front in some way as well.

  • The features sound great, but duo-tone look is hideous. I hope they offer a simple plain black non-distracting version that I won’t be embarrassed to own.

  • Its broken… 3 things to fix it
    Make it all black. Looks way better.
    Put the color in the buttons.
    Put the lightbar somewhere else…

  • I hope gyro is still a feature in this controller and that more developers’ next console generation would make it an option in their games.

  • prefiro que tenha o espaço entre os analógicos, “corretor mudou td meu ultimo comentario”

  • I’m saving to get the new PS5

  • It looks like an Xbox controller.. I hope it’s comfortable.

  • every Sony controller was an improvement now its letting us down PS5 is completely letting me down i want my PS1 to PS5 Discs running on PS5 the backwards features we had on PS2 and PS3 before you took out PS2 support on PS3 and Linux i loved the PS3 Fat 60 GB version only it lasted for 2 Years because yellow light of death red beep back to red do not sell us disappointment

  • Mmm idk looks strange.

  • Would prefer if it wasn’t starting to take shape of an Xbox controller. I like the smaller design that we had for the PS1,2,3,4 controllers. It looks more bigger now and resembling closer to the Xbox controller.

  • They had me at ‘built in microphone’

  • I like this new controller. Cant wait to see the ps5 😈 #trashboxsucks

  • Yes type c…but does it have fast charge?

  • I hope this is not the final color i don’t like white products all my consoles and controllers are black great design but i don’t like the white color it disgust me. so does grey.

  • Yeah! Something new!!

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