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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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  • It’d be great if you’d make the white panels removable and just sell panel sets for like $15 to switch out the white parts with any color we want. Cheaper to do than buy a new controller but if it’s cheap enough, we’ll buy more than one or two and end up spending the same amount. You guys get the money, and we all get more customization options. Then they can do special panels for preordering certain games, magazine specials, etc.

  • Sad to see that the buttons has changed. I’d love to see that red on circle button, green on triangle button, blue on x, and purple on square again but using Lights

  • First of all, bravo on the design and features.

    Feedback/Requests:
    * Allow touch pad swipe controls for all PS OS UI, to use in lieu of the dpad/analog stick. Encourage developers to allow touch pad gestures to function in their own game’s UI

    * Allow the LED light bars to be turned off entirely. DS4 controllers emit way too much light in a dark room even on their dimmest setting. Ideally, allow a greater deal of light bar customization. 3rd partt software on the PC has demonstrated that the DS4 is capable of this, but was never leveraged in the PS4 era.

    * Allow for universal controller key mapping at the OS level. Enabling a greater degree of accessibility, both on the DualSense, as well as on accessibility peripherals.

    * Replace the D-Pad with individual directional buttons. Adds greater degree of accuracy, eliminating many accidental inputs.

    * Allow the microphone to be turned off and enforced for privacy and security. May require a physical switch or LED indicator that the mic is active.

  • it’s beautiful and organic like playstation games. Amazing! ❤❤

  • wow, this is amazing news! at first when i saw this, i thought it was fake in a YouTube video that i was watching by some random YouTuber that i don’t watch (like at all really)… but after thinking that i should go on PlayStation blog to see it myself & what do you know, it’s real & i ****ing love the design. so modern. so stylish. it’s so awesome too look at! :)

  • Does it come in black?

    • maybe? me & other users don’t really know at this point, only sony does. sorry if i ruin your day with that news but i rather be honest then being a lair.

  • Interesting looking but I hope you can turn off the built in mics

  • its the PS3 all over again Right Sony contoller with missing features check

  • Visually, it does not seem 5th generation. Sure, we, the fans and playstation community, have not touched this controller, yet. However, I do wonder how the developers of Playstation hardware sourced there aspects of this controller.

    My opinion, this DualSense controller seems like an iteration of a 4th generation console controller – like, if this were an evolution of DualShock 4 from 2015 or 2016. However, to hear and to read that this controller would be the release controller of the Playstation 5 feels like there is no progression or realisation of gaming needs.

    I am still a holdover on the Start-Select versus Options-Share-Touchpad pool. I still believe that DualShock 2 was the greatest controller in feel ever! The Touchpad does not feel like an accomplishment in technology. It’s utilisation in many games feels like a second Options button. I have had a couple games that use the Touchpad in order to open maps or text logs; then I go the whole ga me without using them because the Touchpad is so unremarkable that I forget about it.

    The Share button feels like it could be a fuction in a second Options button. Do I post images and videos to YouTube and Twitter? No. Do I save photos and videos? I will admit, yes. So, I will not say that the Share button is without use, but I will say that its implementation needs work.

    Besides that the USB port being a micro-USB on the Playstation 4 and that the plastic shell is notorious for vollecying dead skin in ever crease (gross!), I have nothing else negative to say about the DualShock 4. It is an incredible feel for games. I realise some publishers are not the best at mapping to the controller, but Playstation exclusive studios are amazing at it and the gameplay shows.

    Now, what I expected in the next generation of controllers is to leave no stone unturned.

    Better vibration – Sony says they have it, and I cannot wait.

    Six axis – I may have been under a rock for this, but it was on DualShock 4, so I hope it is here, too.

    Rear buttons for mapping – I do not see this. I know that a $30 US piece is being sold for DualShock 4, so I am disapoointed the next generation is not trying to go forwards on this.

    USB-C – yes!

    Ergonomics of past Dualshocks – I am hoping it is still there now, because this DualSense looks like a launch X Box Ond controller with Touchpad.

    Throughout this week, I was actually anticipating a controller reveal. Now, I kind of feel deflated by such an adequate Playstation 4 controller. I am feeling that the Playstation 5 may be the “slim” of the Playstation 4 Pro.

    Thank you if you read this far. Fun Fact: Budapest is actually 2 different cities.

  • Will white be like the default color? If so. A white ps5 will look great. Actually cant wait to see the actual system itself.

  • Can’t wait to crank 90’s with this

  • Don’t know… I just don’t like it. It’s ugly to my eyes.

    Will PS5 be compatible with DS4?

  • Wow shocked much will it have options for VR?

  • Guys will this be compatible with ps4?

  • Need

    Love it that the buttons, both analogs and digitals, are clear!

  • Wow shocked much will it have options for VR? Will other console game discs be compatible to play on the console?

  • Elegant, I like it. I dibs on a cotton candy blue and subtle yellow color scheme please.

  • I like it but should be black and they should have called it DualShock 5

  • Please tell me this has 3.5 mini jack? I used spent a lot of money on a really good wired headset

  • Darth Vader will be proud of you!

    Congrats :)

    Look really grate, hopefully the developers will take advantages of the new features.

  • Is there a mute button on the controller cus thats gonna help screaming parents

  • Looks good but I wish they moved the left analog to where the d pad as I find the ps4 controller very uncomfortable is also the sticks look very close together.

  • A little bit ugly, but i am think i still love it.

  • I like the rounded shape and the seemingly larger size, but I’m really not a fan of the dualtone look. I seriously hope there’ll be a fully white controller (and console :D) available.

  • Soooo
    Haptic feedback is that weird feature Xbox has on their triggers?
    And finally we have actual triggers!

  • Just think about the color combinations!
    Spiderman 2 edition with venom, HZD 2 colors, GOW2 colors. A black and red Bloodborne 2 with special graphics would look awesome.

  • !!! I LOVE IT !!!
    Now, the Limited Edition DS5 will look super awesome with all that surface area to play with the designs!
    Can’t wait to see them colors/design variations that are gonna be available. ! WOOOOOoooooOOooooot !

  • This feels familiar… like…this has happened before, getting “features” that no one asked for and watching devs lose all interest in those “features”.

  • I CANT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS

  • THR CONTROLLER LOOKS Amazing

  • Great design, finally a change in design. its about time! I’m hyped, where’s the preorder button?

  • So can we get a preorder date? I don’t wanna come up with $600 the day it releases.

    But as for the controller, I like it.

  • Why does it look like the Xbox controller?

  • I love the design!

  • Why is everyone so toxic. That looks great. Good job PS.

  • Do we know if it has back buttons or not?

  • see how the LED lights don’t connect on the bottom side!
    to me, it seems like this is where the light of a voice assistant can shine every time it speaks or something similar.
    implementing something like this on a controller could be a huge innovation from Sony.

    • Besides, there is no share button which leads me to believe that it could be a thing.

    • another point is why implementing a microphone?
      if it’s only for chatting or multiplayer we already have our headsets.
      and I doubt it would be the case because it wouldn’t as high quality as a mic on a headset and it would probably catch some background noises, and it’s far from your mouth so you’d have to speak louder which doesn’t make any sense if it’s not meant for a Voice assistant or voice command in general.

    • Overall I like the design
      and it’s pretty original.
      Can’t wait to lay hands on one of these.
      Amazing !!!!

  • I really dig the overall look of it, but the handles look a bit too long. Hoping it feels ergonomic to use. Btw I do like the lights and the pad in the dual shock 4. It’s cool that you guys kept them.

  • I see the design copied from Xbox!😠

  • ps5 is e monster in 2020

  • Looks great! Love the new design and a departure from the black stock color we’ve had for the past 3 generations. Would probably still buy one if they make it though

    • On a side note I noticed the PlayStation symbols (XO∆square) aren’t colored which is new. Not sure how I feel about this yet but I suppose it looks cleaner that way.

  • Headphone jack?

  • Shaped like Stadia Controller
    Loved it ❤️

  • It looks cool but, it would’ve looked better if it was all white.

    Just my opinion all black looks way better than the white and black. Maybe you guys may introduce and all white later down.

    Can not wait until you reveal the PS5

  • Love it! Love all the new implementations.

  • Love the crystal clear buttons! Very reminiscent of the PS Vita and PSP buttons! Can’t wait to get one in my hands! It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of funky custom themed colors will come out in the future. Hopefully there’s a console reveal soon! PS5 baby!!!

  • Parece com o controle do Xbox não gostei os controle do playstation sempre foram diferenciados por não aparecerem nada com de outro vídeo game

  • I dont even play with vibration tho

  • That controller gonna get dirty af

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