Sony has officially announced the PS5 controller, naming it the DualSense controller with a much newer and sleeker design than the company’s previous designs. Sony says it’s starting to ship the controller to game developers. That means game developers can think about how to use the new controller’s features in their games.
The new DualSense wireless controller has more immersive 3D audio, improved tactile sensations via haptic feedback, such as rumbling and shaking, so users can better feel what’s going on within a game. The new controller also has built-in microphones for quickly chatting with friends, although Sony recommends relying on a headset for longer conversations.
Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment in a statement said, “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.”
It has a “Share” button for taking screenshots, and video and live-streaming has been replaced by a “Create” button that will serve a similar function. Sony said more details on the new button will be revealed later. The DualSense controller comes in a white and black design. The new controller is redesigned to feel smaller than it looks, Sony wrote on Tuesday. The company said it went through “hundreds of mockups over the last few years” before settling on this one.
As it stands, the console is still slated for release before the christmas holiday this year. Several analysts, including Jefferies Group and DFC Intelligence, have predicted that the ongoing pandemic could delay the PS5 and Xbox Series X from shipping. “There is the possibility they could be delayed into 2021,” DFC wrote in an email on March 27.