Sony Reveals Sleek New DualSense Game Controller

The PlayStation 5 will have a two-toned, haptics-infused controller

Sony has big plans for its PlayStation 5 console and now it's clear that the innovation does not stop at the console case.

Sony PlayStation DualSense 5 wireless controller
 Sony

Sony is bringing haptic feedback to the upcoming PlayStation 5 through a reimagined DualSense wireless controller, which the company unveiled on Tuesday in a blog post.

This is new: The DualSense wireless controller replaces Sony's DualShock 4. Sony says it tried to keep much of what people loved about this controller, while building in new experiences.

Inside the technology: Haptics is essentially sophisticated vibrations generated by small, yet powerful motors, much like the tiny ones in your smartphone that notify you with vibrations or fool you into thinking a press on an iPhone screen is actually moving the screen.

Feel the sensations: For the DualSense, the haptic feedback will provide sensations through the body of the controller and its triggers and buttons. The adaptive triggers on the new L2 and R2 controls will let you, according to Sony, "truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow."

Sony PlayStation DualSense 5 wireless controller
Sony PlayStation DualSense 5 wireless controller.  Sony

Stop Sharing: Sony relabeled the Share button as a new "Create" feature, which will let you create and share game play content. Sony, however, didn't offer any more detail on exactly how the Create button experience differs from Share.

Talk it out: The DualSense also includes a microphone array, which Sony says can be used for quick conversations with other players, but is more likely about delivering voice commands to the new console.

Why now: Even though PlayStation 5 doesn't ship until the end of this year, Sony needs to deliver the DualSense wireless controller to developers early enough for them to build experiences around the new haptic technologies.

Sony 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." said SIE President & CEO Jim Ryan in a statement.

Bottom Line: The aggressive redesign and new technologies squeezed into your primary point of contact with the PlayStation 5 augurs well for the next-gen console. Sony seems primed to push the gaming envelope as a more immersive experience. Of course, none of this is certain until we get to use the complete PlayStation 5 console later this year.

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