For the first time in its buildup, we finally have a first look at actual PlayStation 5 (PS5) hardware as Sony has unveiled the controller for the next-gen console.

Dubbed the “DualSense”, the new controller takes a lot from its predecessor — DualShock 4 — and makes a number of cosmetic and functional changes.

“When PS4 launched in 2013, the DualShock 4 wireless controller garnered a lot of positive feedback from gamers and developers for being the best PlayStation controller yet, and for introducing forward-looking features like the Share button,” Sony said in its announcement. “This brought us to the next question – how do we build upon that success?”

The DualSense controller features what Sony calls “haptic feedback”, which will allow players to feel a variety of sensations while playing games. This includes adaptive triggers into the R2 and L2 buttons on the device, which will help simulate in-game elements such as driver, drawing back a bow, and more.

“In the end, we changed the angle of the hand triggers and also made some subtle updates to the grip,” Sony said. “We also took thoughtful consideration into ways to maintain a 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.”

Another major feature is a built-in microphone, allowing players to chat with friends without the need for a headset if desired.

DualSense side PlayStation 5From a visual standpoint, the DualSense comes in a two-tone black and white. The lightbar from the DualShock 4 has also been moved from the top of the controller to the sides of the touchpad that does remain from the last generation.

Also gone is the “Share” button which has been replaced by a “Create” button that essentially acts as the same feature under a different name.


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