Unleash the power of the DualSense wireless controller with Astro’s Playroom

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Unleash the power of the DualSense wireless controller with Astro’s Playroom

Team Asobi’s platformer comes pre-installed on every PS5 and is packed full of PlayStation Easter eggs.

Hi everybody! Hello from Team Asobi! We hope you are all doing well and are excited about the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5. Today, we are delighted to tell you more about Astro’s Playroom, the game that comes pre-loaded in every PS5. 

To recap, the game is an action platformer featuring intergalactic hero Astro taking you on an adventure inside the PlayStation 5 console. The game was created from the ground up as a showcase for the DualSense wireless controller, taking advantage of the haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, motion sensor, speaker, mic and touchpad.

Unleash the power of the DualSense wireless controller with Astro’s Playroom

Using all of those neat features, the game lets you feel the world and every single interaction in ways that were never possible before. By combining what you see on the screen and what you feel and hear from the DualSense wireless controller, developers are now able to create a wide range of new expressions that truly lets you feel the world.

Back at Team Asobi, we spent a couple of years experimenting with the DualSense wireless controller and incorporated some of the best examples into Astro’s Playroom for you to get a taste of what next generation feels like.

Astro’s Playroom

Throughout the 4 worlds and 16 stages that make up the main adventure of Astro’s Playroom, Astro will come across power up suits that each give you distinct abilities. For example, the Monkey Suit lets you climb steep walls. Using the motion sensor and adaptive triggers, you can feel the tension as you clinch onto each rock to make your way to the top. Weaker handholds require a lighter pull of the adaptive triggers to make sure they don’t shatter under your grip! 

Another example: in the SSD Speedways stage, Astro boards a mini-rocket ship the left and right thrusters of which are controlled with the adaptive triggers. You can feel the force of each jet increase the more pressure you apply to its respective trigger. It is a truly new sensation!

Astro’s Playroom
Astro’s Playroom

There are many other power ups to play with, including a ball suit to roll around in (with the haptic feedback letting you feel the different surfaces you pass over) and a Spring suit to launch yourself around platforms, as you use the adaptive triggers to loosen or tighten its in-built spring. Astro is even packing a couple of weapons to help on his quest!

Finally, we are delighted to be able to talk about another feature that we are super passionate about. As well as making a showcase of the DualSense wireless controller, Astro’s Playroom is also a huge celebration of 25 years of PlayStation history. The game is jam-packed with tributes and references to the PlayStation universe.

As you explore Astro’s Playroom’s levels, you’ll be collecting various consoles, controllers and accessories that can be stored – and interacted with! – inside PlayStation Labo, the museum-like area contained within the game’s hub world. These artifacts look glorious in 4K and packed with little details such as connectors, labels… you can even spot the original serial numbers! These were so fun to create and really bring back nostalgic memories. There are also 96 puzzle pieces to collect, which assemble to create a fresco of the PlayStation timeline all the way from 1994 to today. We included tons and tons of Easter eggs, so be sure to check them all out!

But what would a tribute to PlayStation be without the many games and heroes of our favorite franchise, right? The Bots certainly thought so and dressed up for the occasion! There are over 60 cameos hidden throughout the game which offer knowing winks to titles from across all four PlayStation generations. If you spot a Bot wielding a camera and wearing a blue PlayStation cap, be sure to look around nearby: you’re sure to spot a famous moment being reenacted! 

Astro’s Playroom

There are so many more secrets relating to the PlayStation universe but we think it’s better we let you discover them by yourselves. Okay, one last hint: there’s an extra special treat awaiting those who complete all four game worlds…

 But that’s not all! Once you are done collecting all artifacts and puzzle pieces in the main campaign, you’ll unlock eight all-new speed run challenges based on the four game worlds. And these come will online leaderboards, so why not jump online and challenge the world? 

Finally, we are super excited to confirm that the game comes with a full trophy set including a Platinum. And we hope some of the trophies we included will make you laugh!

There you have it! That was a brief overview of what Astro’s Playroom has in store for you when you get your hands on PlayStation 5. We at Team Asobi had a blast making this game. It is pre-loaded in every PS5, meaning it is our gift to you, the amazing PlayStation community. We would not be here without you and we wanted to show you our most sincere appreciation.  Astro will be back with news soon. Until then, have a great time with your PS5 and above all, stay warm and safe!

See you around, friends!

Astro’s Playroom

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36 Comments

  • With the amount of love and care that Team Asobi put in this game to celebrate PlayStation history really makes me want them to develop a reboot/spiritual successor to PlayStation All-Stars.

  • Wow I love it game so much 😍

  • I really want to play Astro now after reading all of that. I hope some of those cameos include Primal and Heavenly Sword. Also, yes on that PlayStation All-Stars successor^

  • Wow 🥺 I love this game so much I used to play it ❤️

  • Can’t wait to try this. Astro Bot on PSVR is one of the most creative and fun games on PS4 and this seems even better. Good stuff.

  • Can’t wait! This is going to be the first game I fire up on PS5 to get a feeling for all of the things the DualSense can do!

    Now I just gotta keep my fingers crossed and hope I can actually order a PS5 this time around!

  • I heard this game is alot of fun. I’ll play it sometime in 2021 when I buy a PS5.

    I’m waiting for Elden Ring and the next gen version of The Witcher 3, oh and Resident Evil 4 Remake in 2022.

    Also I wish EA would ask Bluepoint Games to do a full Remake of Dead Space, that would be quality on PS5👌

  • Super excited that this game comes with PS5. The Astro bots are awesome characters and its great to see them continuing into PS5! Hope this leads to more VR with Astro too!!

  • @tray_way19

    Dont worry mate. Its best to wait later for a PS5. Just think of the benefits. It’s not always good buying launch consoles, it’s the same with all electronic devices. There will definitely be a newer model PS5 in 2021 that will be fined tuned in all departments.

    Think of these benefits by waiting.

    1. Newer refined PS5 model in 2021.

    2. More and Cheaper games

    3. Bundle options

    Plus, its also saying that to get the best out of PS5, you will need a TV that supports HDMI 2.1. Theres not many 4K TV that support 2.1. By the time late 2021 comes along, there be many more options and affordable prices.

    😁👍👌

  • I’m really bummed the controller got bigger and heavier for these features and gimmicks. Not a worthy trade off at all.

    • It looks like your opinion that these new features in the DualSense are “gimmicks” is of the minority considering most reviewers are praising the controller as the PS5’s best feature. It’s being described as a “game changer”.

      I’m personally happy with PS’s decision to shift a bit of the manufacturing budget that would normally go towards graphical processing power over to enhancing the gamepad and audio. With games already looking as good as they do, I’ll gladly sacrifice a bit of visual fidelity for increased fidelity for our other senses (touch and sound in this case).

    • Yeah, entirely my own opinion of course, to each his own. I wouldn’t have minded these gimmicks if it didn’t come at the cost of a bigger and heavier controller (which, for some, could be interpreted as positive in its own right). But for me, it feels backwards, like phones turning into bricks again instead of going smaller… I felt the same way about the DS4 (love the DS3 design) while most people liked it bigger… Not sure why I’m always in the minority because I’m extremely passionate about controllers, they’re by far the most important aspect of a console for me. I guess people just got different expectations and needs :)

    • Also, I always worry about these things influencing the industry or hardware as a whole. Like, I’m already worried now that the PS6 controller is going to get even bigger and more gimmicky, with, like, taste and smell receptors Oo

    • I prefer Sony making the controllers bigger. It’s better for your health in terms of hand and wrist strain. No seriously.

      Dualsense is a welcomed addition and the best Sony controller to date.

    • I never had any hand or wrist pain with any of the Playstation and Nintendo controllers and portables. Only wrist pain on Xbox. But I do clearly feel like I have a bit less overall control on the DS4 compared to DS3, because the grips are longer and the outside of your palm isn’t free. To me it feels more comfortable to have shorter grips ending in the middle of your palm , instead of big grips that cover the entire palm. Don’t like the grips getting more vertical with every iteration either, my elbows aren’t tied together (usually sit Indian style). Really like that triangular feel. DS3 is still my favorite but yeah, I had the same worries for DS4 and it turned out fine. Don’t let my worries ruin your excitement, by any means :)

  • Honestly I’ve never really been a fan of this type of game HOWEVER when I first got my PSVR Astro was great. I’m now really looking forward to this game. I have a feeling that with the 4K graphics and haptic feedback this type of game will become addictive. I’m also looking forward to Ratchet and Clank for the same reasons. Shame in the UK we have another week to wait but hopefully it will fly by.

  • After finishing Astro Bot: Rescue Mission on PSVR, I told myself I would be there Day One a new Astro game would be released. And well, here I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my PS5. This game seems to ooze the same love and care as its phenomenal predecessor. I can not wait to dive right back into Astro’s Worlds.

    Now, that last sentence got me thinking about Astro’s next game:
    Just imagine an Astro game with the same budget and passion behind it as a main line Mario title. If there is one Studio who would be up to the task, to offer us a Platformer which gives Mario a run for his money, it would be Team Asobi. Especially now that every PS5 user knows who Astro is.

  • Tomorrow I can’t wait

  • Man I Can’t Wait For Tomorrow

  • “Astro will be back with news soon.”
    — Astro has my attention.

  • I just love both Astro & the team for all the work they did for his games. I nowadays see and think of him as another PlayStation’s face Mascot like Sackboy, Aloy & Kratos.
    I also have to agree with fans with the effort the team has done including with the celebration for PS5, i’d love for them do a Sony Smash Bros / PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Reboot to have another 4 to 8 player family game Brawler of Sony mascots together, no matter as either a small game like brawlhalla or bigger like Smash bros i will like it.

  • Please a port of Astro’s Playroom for ps4 with Dualsense support in a bundle with a Dualsense !

    It would make ps4 user could test some next gen benefits until they buy the ps5 and then have two Dualsense for multi-player games.

    Anyway more Astro games would be welcomed.

    Thanks!

  • The team who made this did a really great job this is a good game to show what The PlayStation five can do and that’s it shows how good that the controller is

  • just beat it after about 6 hours ( 1st thing i did when i hooked up my ps5). For a tech demo type of game it was really fun , i hope the team decides to make more like it in the future :)

  • Thank you for this game! <3

  • One question.

    Can it be uninstalled?

    It’s always been slightly annoying not being able to uninstall the PS4 playroom (which I couldn’t even play as I have no camera). 😛

  • I’d like a USB-C Lightbar for DualSense so that all DualShock 4 Lightbar tracking games can be played with DualSense.

  • waarom maakt men geen volle game met deze leuke robotjes ?( stijl mario 3d)

  • Can’t find an option to invert the vertical controls. As this is a demonstration of the controller I’m assuming there isn’t one. Makes it tough for people who for some strange reason use inverted controls 😂

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  • Imagine how good that controller would feel in 1440p on a nice buttery 120hz

  • This is a amazing game to not just play and interact with, but to remember the love of some of the systems we grew up with. The hours I spent to achieve and complete these games and to see the hidden icons of the systems at the end are great! Of course I had to explain the back story of these older systems to my children is cool!

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