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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  • I love it! I hated the contour of the DS4 as it really hurts my hands, so I’m hoping this solves the problem.

  • Yes! I love it! It’s beautiful! Can’t wait to see the rest! Thank you Sony! 👑

  • Here we go again! This reminds me of the intitial unveiling of the PS3 “boomerang” controller that most people DIDNT like, including myself. I REALLY hope this is not final.

  • The article says: “But of course, if you are planning to chat for a longer period, it’s good to have that headset handy”. Still, there is no mention if the controller has a 3.5 mm phone jack or pictures showing it. Does it have it or not? I sincerely hope that they didn’t ditch the headphone jack!

  • Can’t wait to see the Version of Scuf Gaming Lmao

  • Looks great, would love to see a Blue / Orange controller or 2 different shades of blue symilar to the DualShock 4 v2 Wave Blue. I also LOVE that you are keeping the d-pad at the top, cause otherwise it becomes unusable for platformers, fighters and 2D games.

  • Even if a second controller cost 75$ it’s definitely worth it

  • That’s a bold departure from past generational conventions and I am impressed. I can’t wait to get my hands around it as the true test of any controller is actually feeling it yourself. The style says to me “what’s next” and I am fully hyped to see the final console design!

  • MAC10_GD28-SLaTT

    Naw bruh idc what y’all say I don’t like it foe, the PS4 Controller better real talk y’all trippin fr.

    • Let’s hope they try and do some type of display for people to hands on test.
      GameStop was good for that imo.

  • Absolutely love it!

  • I find it so amazingly beautiful!

  • Launch a design that is completely black please, its beatiful

  • For those of us who don’t want or can’t jump on the PlayStation 5 bandwagon yet (whether lack of funds or they still want to get some mileage out of their PS4s, etc), will the DualSense controller be backward compatible with PlayStation 4 systems at launch? Or, will we have to wait for an update sometime afterward?

  • Impressive design, I hope to see more color schemes, compatibility and what’s behind the controller. Although, I have a doubt, is the headphone jack there??

  • Holy crap that thing is thick af. I don’t mind it I got big hands so thumbs up, But Damn.

  • I really want this! Can’t wait! :D

  • 🔥🔥

  • Love the choice of white and black. Really hope that the console matches the two tone look.
    Keep it up, Sony! Big fan.

    Now, I just hope it has a good battery; akin to the Nintendo Switch Pro controller. That thing is a beast battery wise.

  • I am totally ready now amazing ♥️

  • Still wished they had added buttons underneath like the back button attachment. Love the idea of the haptic feedback and they made it bigger.

  • Nice…perfectly timed to counter the upcoming Inside Xbox program.

  • I really like the look for the new controller.

  • waltdisneypixar_

    i hate they remove Dualshock name

    i hate white

    i hate it looks bulky as the rival that i hate

    • waltdisneypixar_

      and PS button what?
      and colour buttons????

      and that is not a playstation controller

      i am NOT happy

  • White is a bad color choice… This controller will look dirty after a couple weeks. Also sad that we lost the classic buttons colors…

    • You’d figure that with all this hand washing situation that gamers would continue the good hygiene trend. But PAXers will be PAX like forever it seems.
      Just buy the black version

  • Controller looks great but I hate the white color.

  • Nice, looks pretty. This might also mean that the main console itself would be primarily white, a first for PlayStation.

  • It looks awesome and it seems it will be very confortable.

  • Not much into the Killer Whale color combo.
    Hope its comfortable, the mic seems a nice addition.

  • DualSense, I like that name.

  • Now this was unexpected and sexy. I can’t wait to see the other colors. Come on y’all know they are coming.

  • Release date??

  • Great

    Now can we have an improved design for the PS Move controllers as well?

  • I’ll take 4, please.

  • Awesome features but too much black on black and white on white the 2 tone needs adjusting imo

  • TheToughestBloke

    The overall shape is that of the Xbox controller which is not ideal; there was no need to change the shape of the controller, I hope I can still use DualShock 4 on PS5. I also hope the console itself comes in a single colour scheme.

    • waltdisneypixar_

      you are right. everyone here saying i love it like mad


      it is xbox controller that i hateeeeeeeeeee

  • Nice and clean..Good job Sony

  • Looks nice, but where the colors on round, square, triangle and cross buttons? It is real downside of this design! Please, bring it back!

  • I see TOTORO ❤

  • So excited to see this, love the colour scheme and the features, but most important is the overall design which I’m desperately trying to like but I hate the Xbox controller and this looks way too similar to hold. The dual shock 4 was the absolute best controller and of course we need to adapt and move forward, but this doesn’t look like PlayStation any more :(
    I’m sure I’ll get over it, if it doesn’t feel the way it looks like you say… Fingers crossed! PS has never let me down before.

  • Sounds like this will be a fantastic upgrade from the PS4 controller. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  • If the controller has two colors and it’s completely different from the ps4 controller imagine what the console would look like.

  • When can I see the console?

  • i like it in white but the curved design looks a bit like xbox but all in all its nice

  • Danm …you are beautiful! 🤩🤩🤩

  • Out of nowhere ha !! its stunning I can’t wait to put my hands on it

  • Magnificent
    10/10 IGN

  • Does it have back buttons and does it work with the PS4?!

  • Xbox here i come. I just can’t go through with such an ugly controller.

  • I am surprised that no one is talking about how terrible a built in mic is going to be, I swear it’s going to be living hell, no matter what game you are playing.

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