The PlayStation 5 controller revealed! Does it succeed the Dual Shock 4?!

Last year, J-PlatPat posted concept designs for the PlayStation 5’s controller. The controller is intended to have a sleeker design than the PlayStation 4’s Dual Shock 4 controller. Today, Sony gives us a first look at the fully realized PlayStation 5 controller called “DualSense.”

The DualSense controller is more streamlined than the Dual Shock 4. The sides have been rounded to contour to the hand and it also appears to have been widened at the points, or “holds” where the fingers wrap around. Much of its design does not differ that much from its predecessor. The Touch Pad is still intact as are the shoulder buttons. In this view, you’ll notice that the “PS” logo button has changed. The “PS” logo is now literally a button. The Light Bar has been given a new look to match the DualSense’s sleeker design. It now appears alongside the Touch Pad to make it pop. The “Share” button no longer exists, replaced by the new Create button. Players will still be able to share their gaming experiences with the world or keep for their own enjoyment. More details about this feature will be revealed as the launch date gets closer.

Sony put the thought into making a controller that will not only feel comfortable in the hand but also immersive players into the games they will be enjoying to give them a better experience. They have adopted haptic feedback, which adds a variety of powerful sensations while you play, such as the slow grittiness of a car as it drives through mud. The DualSense has adaptive triggers in the R2 and L2 buttons so the player can feel the tension of their actions, such as drawing the string of a bow to shoot the arrow. DualSense also has a built-in microphone so players can communicate without the use of a headset. Although, a headset is recommended if you will be talking for a while. You will also notice that the DualSense controller comes in a two-toned color, a departure from Sony’s tradition of making their controllers a single color.

The Light Bar is no longer present on the top of the controller like the Dual Shock 4.
For the DualSense, it now appears on either side of the Touch Pad.

Seeing this controller myself and learning about the details provided thus far, the DualSense is set up to be a very comfortable controller. The “motion sense” features bring more depth into the games that will be played in Sony’s new console. I, for one, cannot wait to feel the power of the DualSense in my hands.

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan had this to say about the DualSense controller:

“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

So, what do think about the PlayStation 5’s controller?

For more details about the DualSense, head to the PlayStation blog page.