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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 would be amazing if the buttons and the arrows would light up, and you know how player 1 is blue and 2 is red? It would be a great touch if the buttons and arrows led light co-operate to watever is going on

  • Looking at the scale, I’m glad it’s still thin near the base of the controller and a little curved. The DualShock 4 was ergonomically perfect for me. Headphone jack is number one for me. I hope it still has this. Don’t know how I lived without it before.

  • Looks like i’m going 3rd party again for controllers

  • Will it have a small size?

  • HEEEECK YEEEEAAA DUDES!!! Looks LARGER in hand ver cool glad I won’t need and ergonomic skin for this 1!!! Now all it needs is 15-20 hour battery life and whe will be squared away!!! Seriously guys good work Just keep an open mind not everybody cares for 2 tone heck just do both color ways solid and or 2 colors as it looks to be in this photo! Can’t wait to see how this feels in hand! I wonder if this prototype pictures hinting at the PS5 being 2 colors I mean heck look at that dev kit guess we’ll have to wait and see! 🙃😏

  • Looks so good 😍

  • Please stop with micro USB Type B !! it’s a big ****, always many problems !! go for Type C !!! ;)

  • Hey!! (Night mode)
    A very good thing that you could do, is to put a “night mode” in the DualSense; why?
    There are a lot of gamers that like to play in the night and the love the action in the games, so way don’t you put the night mode in the controller.
    You could light the buttons and make the controller brighter or something like that but the night mode should be optional, like an option or something like that. The gamers will love that and they will like the experiences in the DualSense even though that are already amused in the edition and the loo but you could make it much glorious.
    Thanks, I hope this is useful :)

  • This is an amazing design. I love it!!

  • YESSS !!! white,black and blue combination and design that is not 99% same as dualshock 4 as some rumors were pointing at :D

  • Judging by the colors of the controller the ps5 will be white instead of the traditional black.

  • Offer an option for convex thumbsticks! I’ve always played better with convex.

  • I… just wanna touch it. It’s sooo beautiful

  • I am digging this. A potential theme for the PS5 being two toned? Black and white maybe? That would also be a change from the all black. I welcome the new direction. Keep it up Sony. It’s a drip and drop of information here and there but I can handle it.

  • Was hoping for some mapable ring finger buttons on the underside of the controller (like SCUF or Asus D40. Guess we’ll have to wait for another 3rd party controller.

  • Sounds and looks good! The two tone color is a nice touch and haptic feedback can be a big boost if not overdone.
    I hope Sony also addresses quality of the analog sticks. My last two DS4 controllers both started drifting within a year of use.

  • Technically there is a share button they just call it something else read the article one more time and I’m sure you will catch on to it it’s like they evolved the share button a little bit more and calling it somethingelse! But you’re absolutely right that lower half could glow for this rumored play station assistant!

  • Other than the shady built-in microphone, the controller seems pretty lit

  • I like it. I like it a lot.

  • Make it all black, change the symbols back to SHARE and OPTIONS and give the buttons back their color.

  • The trigger thing sounds most interesting. The new home button looks uncomfortable. The grips look too thick – more stretch required to hit the analog sticks. No thanks. No colors on the buttons is bad for accessibility. We see color before shapes. Green triangle, pink square, blue cross, and red circle are iconic but more importantly make it faster to recognize button prompts. The L1/R1 protrudes too much.

    And the color scheme is hideous.

    I say all this as a someone that hates XBOX controllers and moves Dualshock. This is a big letdown overall. Only the “adaptive trigger” sounds interesting. But even then only exclusives will make use of it. It will end up like the touch pad.

  • Simplemente horroroso.

  • I’m disappointed😢

  • I don’t like it that much, i would have expected something better .-. It´s so ugly …

    • i desaggre with you, this is a good change cause all the new features, the design is quite better than DS4 and the color white make it special.

  • Me parece muy feo. Si se hubiese filtrado todo el mundo pensaria que es falso. Con lo bonitos que eran los Dual Shock de Ps1 y Ps4.

  • I like the new design and I think it’ll be a great controller. That being said I hate the 2 tone i hope they offer all black or custom skins. Also hope ps5 isnt 2 tone 😭 lol.

  • Looks terrible and the shoulder buttons still sticking out too much

  • Wow, that’s awesome, can’t wait to see the ps5

  • Пожалуйста нет! Это же контролер от xbox.

  • Why does this look like an Xbox controller? Wtf?

  • P L A Y S T A T I O N V

  • Sounds really cool, looks really cool. Can’t wait to see the different color schemes/special controller designs and to have it in my hands.

  • Is this an out-of-season April’s Fool joke?

  • Elle est magnifique cette manette !! 👍👌👌👌

  • Will we be able to sign in the ps4 account to the ps5

  • Will we get a new name change? Also imma wanna use my scuf for competitive so that better be possible

  • 1 el color blanco es malo cuando se juegan y después se amarilla dejo en negro o que tal un criss plata es un opinion.
    2 poner color a los botones
    3 no le ponga luz led le gasta rápido la batería
    4 Es una sugerencia se pude conectar a los juego mobil.

  • Looks good, but please add buttons to the bottom. I love the attachment for the DS4, but I’d rather have them integrated so I can set it up my way. I don’t want the same button twice.

  • I Love The design the white and the black. I love that it has a mic so I don’t have to go digging for one. And I basically love the entire thing

  • I dig it overall, though I would have loved it more if they had added back paddles like the scuf controllers.

  • Absolutely beautiful and inotive design. I am seriously pleased. Good job controller designer!

  • Let me put some of this stimulus aside for this pre-order!😂😂😂😂😂

  • I love the sci-fi look, using the white shell ‘armor’ and black insides, the contrast makes for great detail.
    I’m a product designer so maybe i’m just too opinionated, but it seems to me that it’s missing a little bit of the Playstation DNA everyone loves about their controllers?
    For example, it doesn’t have the classic circles around the buttons or raised housing around the shoulder buttons, or the colored buttons (unless they use lights).
    Maybe they just want to move in a new direction?
    Also, the way the white ‘flows’ around the buttons on the front looks a little jarred, it looks like it should be a radius that fits around the circles the buttons would create.
    But all the technical features look really great, that haptic feedback! It will also be exciting to see how it feels to hold!
    Excited to play it, but it just doesn’t look quite finished yet?

  • Will there be a single color controller? A completely black controller would be better.

  • Good work Sony ♥

  • PLEASE fix the analog sticks!!! The Dualshock 4’s sticks were awful on the thumbs and wore out quick. The Dualshock 3’s analog sticks were much better than that. I’m glad the battery is being improved but it kinda looks like a Dreamcast/Xbox controller, but as long as it’s comfy, it probably won’t matter. The touchpad needs more functions else it seems useless in most games and there needs to be way to turn the lightbar on and off. I hope there are more colors at launch than just the two-tone or are you trying to hint at what the PS5 is going to look like. All in all, it has potential if it performs well.

  • Where are my backbuttons and why does this look it won’t support the new backbutton attachment…

  • No don’t do it go back to another idea it looks like X Box

  • I don’t particularly like or dislike the design, however I think that the button symbols should keep their red/blue/green/orange colors.

  • PLEASE! An ALL WHITE version. Excellent work!

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