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The next PlayStation controller is called DualSense, looks like a cool robot

  • The PlayStation 5's new gamepad is called DualSense and sports a bold two-toned design. Did Aperture Science make this? Sony / Aurich Lawson
  • The massive touchpad returns, as do the general slope and style of the triggers on the body. But, hey, a new Type-C connector! Sony
  • A tighter zoom on the d-pad, the new "PlayStation" button (now a perfect mold of the classic "PS" logo), a new "mute" button, and the new "create' button. Any hopes for improved joystick material, compared to the crumbling stuff on DualShock 4 gamepads, aren't looking good. Sony

While we still don't know what the PlayStation 5 console will look like (or whether it will really still hit its "holiday 2020" release window), we at least know about its controller. The PS5's gamepad, dubbed the DualSense, largely resembles previous DualShock models, but it appears to have just enough changes under the hood to merit a mostly new name.

Tuesday's surprise announcement comes courtesy of the official PlayStation Blog. The biggest technical difference comes in the form of a wholly updated "haptic feedback" suite, which we understand compares favorably to Nintendo's "HD rumble" feature in its Switch Joy-Con controllers. Sony senior VP Hideaki Nishino doesn't go into fine detail about how the DualSense's rumbling will differ from the DualShock 4 line, but finer-tuned haptic feedback can offer a greater range of rumble sensitivity and placement than most gamepads offer, at least when done right. "Stereo" rumbling feedback that carefully rumbles from one side to the other could be possible with such a system, but Sony didn't clarify.

Nishino only mentions one specific DualSense rumbling bonus compared to other gamepads: "Adaptive" rumbling feedback. Nishino offers a vague description of how pressing the PS5's "L2" and "R2" triggers will let players "truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow."

While Nishino's text doesn't say so, the controller's charging port now appears to be a USB Type-C connector, though it remains to be seen whether this will enable faster battery charging in the future or whether the DualSense's internal battery will be any bigger than the wimpy DualShock 4 offering. Without official specs just yet, we're left trusting Nishino's pledges of "strong battery life" and "lessen[ed] weight." And it's not just new rumbling tech that might weigh this controller down; the DualSense will also sport an embedded microphone array, which Nishino describes as appropriate for "a quick conversation." He recommends that players still use a dedicated headset "for a longer period." Neither the above images nor the official PS Blog post confirms whether or not to expect a 3.5mm headphone jack.

PS5 design hint? VR issues?

Otherwise, the star of the DualSense announcement is its new, bold two-toned design, a first for a launch PlayStation gamepad. While it's the boldest reimagining of the PlayStation controller concept in years, it's still ultimately conservative in comparison to the PlayStation 3's "boomerang" concept, which was eventually scrapped. Sony's first revealed DualSense model sports a white controller with black accents, along with a tiny array of blue LEDs peeking through its newly arranged "light bar." Could this be a loud hint to a similar color scheme in the PS5 hardware itself?

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