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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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  • uh, it looks very ugly
    but why is the touchpad back? its a useless gimmick so why bring it back, just wastes space

    • I like it! Devs did not always take advantage of it. Much better then those 2 small buttons on Xbox One controller.

  • Is that USB-C I see 👀

  • It looks super comfortable and I really like the new position of the light bar. PS5 can’t come soon enough.

  • Wow. It doesn’t look great.

  • No classic color for front button? why

  • When you save clips you should have a way to just send it to your friends so they can see the clips to. Without sharing it for the whole world

  • Well…I hope this controller could be available in different colors…

  • Very sexy, I cant wait for the PS5

  • Does it have paddles or back buttons?

  • It looks awesome, now we have to see the console…

  • You better make pink and purple controllers and not wait 5 years to do it…….

  • Just love where the new light bar is

  • Not sure about that D-pad but I’ll see for myself.

  • Looks ugly tbh

  • Are there no buttons underneath to speak of? Like with the DS4 attachment?

  • Sorry but this two-tone is awful.

  • Not a big fan of the controller but I couldn’t help but notice that it has a button to mute your mic now instead of just lowering your mic volume all the way down like on the PS4, I like that it’s gonna be a very useful feature.

  • I’ll take 10.

  • the “analog drift” issue; after a short period of gaming, was quite a persistent one for the DS4 since the release of PS4 ( not all DS4s of course, but a noticeable number of complains about it). and with this PHENOMENAL design and the colour combination, along with new exciting features like the Adaptive triggers, I really can’t wait to try it out.
    stay safe, stay healthy.
    your sincere “normal” player.

  • I’ve been one of a minority to prefer the PS4 over the Xbox controller. Glad to see they are building on that. One thing I wish they would do is make the thumbsticks concave, and hopefully, make rubber more durable.

    • Nah plenty of ppl prefer the DS4 because..it’s a much better controller than Xbone’s.

      XB1 didn’t even have a headphone jack, no speaker, touch, Share, AND it takes AAs. Terrible L1 R1 on XB1 as well. Deadzone in sticks, horrible D pad c’mon XB1 controller is poo.

  • Why does it have the same shape as an xbox controller. The PlayStation have had the superior shape of controller since the start, why ruin that now? Also, will you be offering a different colour scheme (i.e a single colour)? The features seem exciting but the shape is a disappointment.

  • Loving the new tech. Can’t wait to get one in my hands! :)

  • gorgeous

  • Looks hot as hell. Makes me suspect we might be getting a two-tone console, too. But Jim Ryan referring to it as “a radical departure” is silly, especially after the rest of the article talks about how it builds on past successes.

  • I’m stunned!

  • Can we add colors to the bottoms

  • Love it.

  • I think, this controller lost the iconic design of DualShock. But, there is no more DualShock.

  • It looks like what a space alien would use as flight controls for a space ship.

  • Can’t wait for the console reveal now! Please Sony make it happen soon I beg!!

  • Not going to lie I as many others aren’t keen on the design the DualShock was unique and gave PlayStation it’s difference from other consoles, if this is the end product what other colours will be released?

  • Love it. Nice to see more innovation in controller design. Hopefully these new features are used to their full potential.

  • Appearances can be deceiving but it looks like they’ve bulked up the controller which, in my case, would be a huge disappointment but I’ll wait until I can handle a PS5 controller myself. I can play for hours and hours with the light weight, smaller form, PS4 controller without hand fatigue, unlike the bulkier XBoxOne controller.

  • So no built-in backbuttons? And will there be an all black controller? Looks nice tho

  • Loving the two-toned color and the new design. Can’t wait to touch it!!

  • How will this be compatible with PSVR without a lightbar?

  • me encanta la idea de que el control venga con micrófono me parece muy innovador ese aspecto

  • Can we plug an 1/8″ headset directly into the controller, just like the DualShock 4?

  • Yap! More to come!

  • I love everything EXCEPT the name. It should be called the Dualsense 5.

  • Looks pretty good ngl

  • Will there be any other color version of that?

    Because white is more like that xbox ****…

    I hope console won’t be also white…

  • I like the design, and I love the built-in mic! I hope it has back buttons built in too. :D

  • I think I would like it even more if the two tones were inverted. It still looks amazing!

    Can wait to have a proper showcase of the console and its design. Its unreal that the PS4 was released 7 years ago!! :o

  • Is the PS5 going to be dualshock 4 compatible as well? For the sake of options and comfort for stuff like fighting games and similar.

  • Is Madkatz making this? Not liking what I’m seeing. Hopefully you can still turn the speaker off

  • How would this work with the current gen of VR? I know the current gen uses the light bar to sense the controllers, so if it doesn’t have it there how will VR with regular remotes work? Or will I have to chuck my current VR setup for a newer more expensive one?

  • Looks like someone dipped a PS1 boomerang controller in some Mass Effect paint. Like the colour scheme, having reservations about the design of the controller itself. I’ll have to hold one in my hands before I decide if I like it.

  • This is a different design with mixed feelings for me, I just love my Dual Shock 4 controller but I will still love this Dual Shock 5 aka DualSense but at least we finally get a new name for a controller you can say, I don’t even think Xbox has a name on their controllers which is lame let’s just say. So Sony has finally revealed the price on more of their 2020 TVs and will ship them out soon but I can’t wait for the Sony X900H tv since that is a keeper for 4K 120fps support until all of the Sony 2021 TVs include 4k120fps support but we have to see if it’s really true and how much of a difference 120fps can make since I still like 60fps but I can definitely tell the difference between 30fps and 60fps so you double that number and woah 120fps, finally I have up video games for Lent which is tough to do and the second time I have them up I believe but I’m surviving!😃👍 Let us all pray to God and get closer to God and hopefully the pandemic will end and it will end since we are human conquers just like in the video game world or worlds let’s just say!😃👍 Stay safe and be smart everyone and I’m praying for everyone of the world and their families and let’s love one another as God has told us to do!😃👍❤️🙏

  • I like the design, and I can’t wait to try it myself – but I really wish it was solid black. That being said, there will likely be solid black/other color combinations released down the road.

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