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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  • my body is not ready guys ….

  • Just amazing, thanks for creating this piece of art, like all your consoles. Thanks you, really. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Everlong_Attempt

    Remove the mic.

  • Man this is crazy.If PlayStation’s price is between 400-450 Sony will win the battle of consoles for real.Dualsense is clean and beautiful.SONYFORTHEWIN

  • Is there buttons on the back of the controller? I want this! Keep up the good work!

    • They definitely need to come out with a version that has the paddles on the back. This one doesn’t look to have it.

  • Looks super futuristic and sexy, I love it!

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  • Amazing! Looks like we’re having better shoulder buttons!

    That on the bottom is a headphone jack with built-in mute botton?

  • Please Add Paddles to the Back so we don’t need to play claw

  • could’ve at least make it asymmetrical if you’re going to copy xbox’s design. not really a fan of symmetric design because it’s hard to reach the d-pad while moving.

  • I hope that is not the final color scheme. Also, the light bar design, will that not be problematic? The light bar actually did serve a function combined with the PS Camera, will the now smaller light bar change colors and can the camera see the new smaller light? Additionally, I hope they didn’t forget to add a higher battery capacity to extend the time between charging or the option to turn off the light sensor to save the battery. Generation 1 DS4 controllers were a disaster when it came to battery life.

  • Looks like Maykr technology

  • I’m a lil torn about it. I like the built in microphone, haptic feedback i could take it or leave it. The Xbox one has it, and to be honest it’s nothing special. I’m not a fan of the white color scheme, it’ll get discolored after enough to time. The one thing I was hoping them to change was the material of the analog sticks to something better. Sadly, it looks like it’ll be the same.

  • DS4 was the most beautiful controller, until now! I love the design of DualSense❤️❤️❤️

  • That looks huge, no thanks. I’d like to know who tf thinks all gamers must have huge hands. DS4 already wrecks my carpal tunnel/arthritis.

  • Horrible. My opinion. Lets see how it feels on hands. But again horrible design. ☹️

  • L2 and R2 for some reason don’t look concave enough? almost look like ps3’s triggers, everything else looks great though.

  • I don’t mind the but does it come in other colors and also if this the factory default colors the controller is usually the same colors as the console 😏🤔 so does that mean this the color of the PS5

  • I was hoping the concave thumbsticks were a little more…you know…..concave. Looks ok tho im not too much a fan of the color scheme but that is just colors and their will be more options. Overall, it seems cool. I like the built in micas an option tho I can’t imagine myself using other than when im charging up my headset.

  • I’d be curious to feel it in person, but something about it makes me feel like a clam ate most of my PS4 controller, or that it has a cowl of some sort. The clear buttons are a nice touch, though!

  • Sweet, now lets see the console

  • I really like the look. It looks very futuristic. I was hoping they were going to add back buttons, but that’s ok.

  • Он такой клевый…дайте два,господи хочу

  • Thats a great controller there …. when will the console design be revealed.

  • Looks great, just hoping it is bluetooth 5.0

  • I really hope we can turn that bloody light off if we re not using VR. That thing sucked all the battery life out of my DS4 controllers.

  • I think the controller is too sleek and round. Looks too much like an xbox controller and removes the strong, reliable grittiness of a controller that we got from the dualshock 2, 3, and 4. 6/10

  • why keep doing that horrible dpad, you guys couldnt just put the one on the vita but bigger?, hopefully the buttons it feels like dualshock 4, because the one i see looks like the xbox one buttons which was to clicky.

  • I’m excited! I have a game that I’m anxious to port over to the PS5!

  • Gorgeous.

  • This looks like something from the distant future! Amazing!

  • This controller will drift into the future

  • please include nigeria this time

  • I hope this isn’t a sign of what the system will look like. I’m not liking the color scheme at all.

    Hopefully the battery life is better!

  • The design looks great, im excited about the haptic feedback!

  • damn it looks awesome

  • With time it will get dirty and by being white it will look even more dirty, it kinda looks like an xbox one controller and the inner part of the grip looks uncomfortable. Besides it looks fat and chunky, and why the symbols don’t have de traditional colors(Pink, green, blue and red)? And if the light bar is too intense it will hit the button part of your eye wich can really bother you after a good while of playing, even tho that wouldn’t be the main problem.

  • Back buttons???

    I guess we’ll be getting another back button attachment…

  • johnny_koni_roni

    Hopefully this means that the console itself will have the same color scheme, hyped!

  • When will this be available separately and will this connect to PC?

  • I love the new 2-toned design! I hope the console itself is 2-toned white/black! Can’t wait to see the console and to pre-order!

  • Very Unique look. Now show me the colors and have the all black color Plz.

  • This all looks great 100% but tell me the joysticks material is different than PS4, they look like the same and Im tired of their “”quick”” weathering

  • 3 questions come to mind. Can we turn the light bar off? Are there back buttons on the controller? If not, can we use the back button attachment with the controller? I REALLY hope we have built-in back buttons so they are part of control schemes instead of just replacements for current buttons.

  • Looks pretty cool. Although, the face buttons and D-pad look VERY low-profile, and I wonder if they’ll have enough travel to really feel good. As for the two-tone look… I dunno, looks clunky. I’d prefer to see it in a solid color, frankly.

  • OMG!!!!!! can’t wait to touch it

  • Wow! Stunning design, and awesome features! I wonder if the two-tone hints at what’s in store for the console? Great job to the team that created this! Cant wait to hold it.

  • I cant wait to use this. It looks awesome!

  • I can’t WAIT HOW MUCH DOES PS5 costs?

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