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The new PlayStation 5 controller sounds great, looks ugly

Sony reveals the feature-packed new PlayStation 5 controller, and it’s interesting.

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Sony reveals the feature-packed new PlayStation 5 controller, and it’s interesting.

Sony has taken another step toward unveiling the PlayStation 5 with a first look at its new gamepad, the DualSense controller.

The DualSense controller retains the overall form factor and button layout of the PS4’s DualShock 4, but it looks slightly chunkier and, well, a little bit more toy-like. For those of us that have always preferred Microsoft’s Xbox One controller, it certainly looks more comfortable. The big changes are its striking, two-tone colour scheme, and gameplay feedback features.

In a post on the PlayStation blog, Sony’s Hideaki Nishino says the controller “will deliver a new feeling of immersion to players.”

The DualSense includes haptic feedback technology which promises “powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.” The controller also incorporates adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons, enabling players to feel, for example, the tension of a bowstring being pulled. The angle of the triggers has also been changed as part of the ergonomic overhaul.

The Share button makes way for a Create button, the specifics of which are still unknown. The light bar is also less prominent and runs along the sides of the touch-bar, which now includes a built-in microphone array so players can voice chat without a headset. The DualSense is also wireless and charged using a USB C port. Hurrah!

Speaking about the DualSense controller, SIE President & CEO Jim Ryan, says:

“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.”

It sounds fantastic, frankly. But we’re not as impressed by its design. It’s very sci-fi and recalls the aesthetics of Aperture Science, Star Wars, Mass Effect, P.N.03, and Marvin from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie. We’re not sure it looks very appealing or mass market. And if the PlayStation 5 console ends up looking like a stormtrooper helmet, we might have to hide it behind the perfectly-formed hole in the space-time continuum that is the Xbox Series X.

Via: PlayStation Blog


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