Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment officially disclosed the PS5 controller, which will be known as DualSense. Like the PS4’s DualShock 4, it’s wireless, but it seems like it carries a new naming convention, which is probably due to the fact it makes substantial modifications to the PlayStation controller design.”After enough discussions, we finalized to sustain much of what gamers are fond of about DualShock 4 intact, but also to include new functions and to filter the design,” states Hideaki Nishino the Senior Vice President at Platform Planning & Management at Sony.
Nishino states that once the team finalized to include adaptive triggers to the controller, they had to develop different design twists to the controller body itself for it not to be too heavy. As a result, the angle of the hand triggers have been twisted, and some small updates to the grip have been made.”We also took thoughtful consideration into ways to maintain solid battery life for DualSense’s rechargeable battery and to decrease the weight of the controller as much as possible as new features were included” added Nishino.
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Another modification includes the “Share” button, which has been replaced with a “Create” button. Unfortunately, for now, Sony isn’t revealing any more details on the new Create button, other than noting it will be an extension of the Share button. The DualSense will also include a built-in microphone array, which will allow players to easily chat with friends without a headset. According to Sony, players will still want headsets for an extended span of social gaming.
The colors have also been modified. Traditionally, the PlayStation controllers have one sole color. This time there’s new modifications of a two-toned design.”In all, we went through multiple concepts and thousands of mockups over the past few years before we decided on this final design,” said Nishino. “DualSense has had a number of trials done by a humongous number of gamers with a variety of hand sizes, for us to gain the comfort level we required, with great ergonomics.