With a new console comes new hardware, and PlayStation recently revealed its newest controller: the DualSense controller.
Taking to a blog post, PlayStation announced the new controller. Promising to further expand on the PlayStation 4’s touchpad area, the DualSense will “captivate more of your senses as you interact with the virtual worlds in PS5 games”.
The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller has been a huge inspiration for the DualSense. So much so, that PlayStation took these implementations and thought “how do we build upon that success?”
“After thoughtful consideration, we decided to keep much of what gamers love about DualShock 4 intact. [This is] while also adding new functionality and refining the design. [Based on our discussions with developers], we concluded that the sense of touch within game-play, 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. This adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play. We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense. You can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow”.
PlayStation went on to expand on these new features have been implemented into the controller.
“…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 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”.
If you take a closer look at the newly released images, you’ll notice the “Share” button is missing. PlayStation has changed things up by bringing in a “Create” button feature. Working in much the same way the Share button did, the Create button will allow players the opportunity to share their best in-game moments with the world.
The DualSense will also feature a built-in microphone array – meaning no more need for a headset. That doesn’t mean you can throw your headsets away though, as no doubt the battery consumption would be increased if you used the in-controller mic for extended periods of time.
What’s in a Look?
In terms of general aesthetics, the DualSense breaks the mould. Normally, PlayStation controllers feature one colour. The DualSense, however, mixes black and white tones. The controller is also broken up by the newly configured light bar.
PlayStation noted how it went through several concepts (as well as hundreds of mock-ups) before coming to this final design. DualSense, the company says, has been tested by a “wide range of gamers with a variety of hand sizes”. The result is a heightened sense of comfort with improved ergonomics. And, as somebody who absolutely loathes the DualShock 4 controller, any improvements would be appreciated.
PlayStation concluded the post with a quote from SIE President & CEO Jim Ryan:
“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”.
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