In an article on the PlayStation blog, Hideaki Noshino, executive vice president, platform planning and management, described the design and functionality of the next generation gamepad.
To begin with, Noshino noted that the DualSense[s] much of what players love about DualShock 4, while adding new features and refining the design. In practice, this means that the button layout and the form factor have remained largely the same, including the central touchpad. However, there are some notable changes.
On the one hand, the DualSense has a two-tone aesthetic made up of white and black, rather than the default solid black design of the DualShock 4. Since controllers often correspond in some way to the designs of their consoles, it remains to be seen whether the PS5 – whose appearance has not yet been revealed – will also be in black and white.
In addition, the DualSense offers haptic feedback to provide “a variety of powerful sensations that you will feel when you play, such as the slowness of the fragility of driving a car in the mud”. In addition, the L2 and R2 buttons now have adaptive triggers for an additional feel, like a rumble to simulate the drawing of an arc. Meanwhile, the angle of the hand triggers has changed, as has the handle.
In terms of audio inputs, Sony has added an integrated microphone array to allow people to chat without headphones. However, headsets can still be connected to the controller.
What many PS4 owners will likely be delighted to hear is that Sony has “given serious thought” to ensuring that the DualSense’s rechargeable battery “will maintain a long battery life.” Although Noshino did not specify the exact battery life, it is hoped that it will last longer than the famous approximately four to eight hours of the DualShock 4.
Finally, Sony says it has kept the general idea behind the “Share” button but has made some adjustments. Now, this entry is called “Create” which will once again allow players to directly share game sequences on social networks. However, Sony said that more details on the evolution of this feature, as well as an overview of the console itself, will be shared “closer to launch”.
On the subject of the release, the Sony blog says that the PS5 will be released this holiday, contrary to speculation that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a delay in the console. For its part, Microsoft also plans to launch its own new generation console, the Xbox Series X, this holiday.
For now, however, this is the second major update Sony has given this year on the PlayStation 5. In late March, the company also released a breakdown of the console’s technical specifications, although it is a presentation rich in jargon and focused on developers. In contrast, Sony’s overview of the DualSense is much more user-friendly.
As mentioned above, however, Sony has yet to show the PS5 box itself, unlike Microsoft, which has already revealed the rectangular Xbox Series X. In addition, the range and prices of the games have not yet been confirmed for the PS5 (or the X series, by the way).