Wireless PS5 Controller 'DualSense' Reveals Radical Changes

Published: April 7, 2020 4:28 PM /


Wireless PS5 Controller DualSense cover

As we get ready for a new episode of Inside Xbox later today, it looks like Sony couldn't resist firing a shot across Microsoft's bow: they've revealed the wireless PS5 controller. Get ready to see the DualSense.

Let's get the things we already knew about out of the way. Yes, the DualSense will be making use of haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. These will make it easier for you to feel reactions when firing guns in shooters or hitting the gas in a racing game.

"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." – Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment

The touchpad isn't going anywhere, either. It remains front and center, taking up a bulk of the controller's center.

The PS4 Share button, conversely, is gone for good — but that doesn't mean it won't have a replacement. A new "Create" button feature for the wireless PS5 controller will be replacing it, although Sony has declined to specify how it works at this time.

The most striking and immediately noticeable change, however, is in the colors and the shape. For the first time, a mainline PlayStation controller is going to feature two colors. A mix of white and blue are blended throughout the device with subtle blue highlights to the sides of the touchpad.

Wireless PS5 Controller DualSense slice

DualSense is a Wireless PS5 Controller That Won't Need a Headset

Aside from the funky colors and the new haptic feedback features, the new wireless PS5 controller has one more surprise in store: you won't need a headset.

See those little dots above the PlayStation logo? That's actually a microphone. According to Sony, this built-in microphone array will let you use voice chat without getting a supplementary headset.

This isn't a straight replacement for the headset, though; you'll still be able to make use of one with this controller. Unfortunately, there are no images of the underside, so we can't be certain if there is a dedicated port for the controller or not.

That's all there is to share for now; you can read all of the flowery marketing speak at the PlayStation Blog post about the DualSense wireless PS5 controller. (Their site has gone up and down at the time of writing, so here's an archive link.) In the meantime, we'll have to wait for Sony to drop more details in the future.

What do you think of the DualSense? Do you like the overall aesthetic of the controller? Let us know in the comments below!

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