PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller Revealed

PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller Revealed
Photo: Sony Interactive Entertainment

While we’ve yet to get a glimpse of the PlayStation 5 itself, Sony has seen fit to tease us today with a first look at its controller.

In a new post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hideaki Nishino unveiled the DualSense wireless controller, the company’s follow-up to the DualShock 4.

The DualSense iterates on its predecessors by introducing a new haptic feedback system, adaptive triggers for the L2 and R2 buttons, a built-in microphone array, and a new ‘Create’ button in place of the ‘Share’ button from the DualShock 4. Details on what exactly this ‘Create’ feature actually entails is still to come.

“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,” Nishino wrote. “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!”


    • Pssshhh, HD rumble is for peasants. It’s got 4k rumble.

      I guess this is a whole lot better than the PS3 controller, it may survive and actually release.

    • It’s better.

      The Switch HD rumble uses linear resonant actuators and the DualSense uses voice coil actuators.

  • Always preferred the off centre analog sticks of the Xbox or Nintendo pro controllers over the dualshocks….. they feel more natural and comfortable in the hand and better control in game.

    Having said that, I certainly like the look of this and like the design changes from previous models.

    • I’ve actually always been baffled by those assymetrical designs. Ever since the OG XBox I thought they felt really strange. Not unusable, but very strange.

      I like this controller (assuming it comes in solid black) but the triggers/shoulder buttons look weird to me.

  • * Don’t like the colour.
    * Love the built in mic and mute button. I hope those mute button also works when headsets are connected.
    * I like the sound of the adaptive triggers but I can see them just being a big gimmick and barely used.
    * I like the hd rumber in the switch when actually used, but a lot of games don’t use it. so i’m excited to see it on ps5 but concerned it’s also be a gimmick.

    Did anyone else notice as the very bottom of the controller when looking top down, that the white wraps around the bottom and that the white appears to have a lip to it (it protrudes) not loving that if legit.

    • Yeah all of these features scream “Sixaxis” to me. Have a handful of games use it awkwardly on release as a marketing gimmick and then completely forget about it for the rest of the generation.

  • The new features sound nice, so as long as it’s as comfy as the DS4 I’m happy.

    Interested to see what colour options will be available. I’d kill for Sony to offer something like the XBox Design Lab.

  • I hope the sticks are less slippy than the PS4 ones, I had to get grips for those because my thumbs never seemed to “grip” them properly. Looks lovely otherwise. I can imagine it’ll come in a variety of colours including a classic black.

    • interesting, my thumbs have never slipped from the ds4 sticks but I’ve only used the v3 controllers if that makes any difference.

      • The more recent dualshock 4’s definitely had improved the grip. (better texture). Though personally I’ve never had an issue with the thumbsticks on the old ones, I have heard the issue from a few people before though.

  • That is a slick looking boomerang. I’ve always preffered Microsoft’s chunky controllers, but this looks promising.

  • needs to be a dif colour, but other than that its dope. And really, the only reason it needs to be a different is due to how white can get stained. Like, I have a white Xbox One controller, and its more yellow now…

  • Looks good, tho not a fan of the colours – I much prefer plain matte black, and this makes me kinda worried about the default colour(s) of the console itself…

    I really hope they’re as easily moddable as the current DS4v2, tho (or they’ve at least fixed the rubber reversion issue that makes their thumbsticks sticky and disgusting after a moderate period of disuse) – I bought a new DS4 to use on my PC this week, and swapped out the thumbsticks for aluminium ones in about 10min with only a Phillips-head screwdriver and a guitar pick/improvised spudger. All this tech they’re saying will be in the DualSense makes me kinda worried…

  • Like others here I don’t like the colour scheme but it looks like a good update to the controller in all other ways. Bring it on!

  • In general looks cool, but I have to concerns.

    1\ The top bumper looks rubbish.
    2\ I’m concerned about the palm swell on the wing. For me with arthritis, that’ll be the difference between a usable and unusable controller.

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