When Sony unveiled the DualSense controller for PS5, a big deal was made about the new Create button.
An evolution of the Share button on the PlayStation 4, this new Create button is one piece of evidence which proves that the PlayStation 5 is building on the iconic Sony controllers that came before it.
Rather than just repeating the successes of the past, Sony seems to be playing up the PS5 as a major step forward. This is how the Create button could factor into that evolution...
What Sony has said about the Create button
"For the buttons, you’ll notice there is no longer a “Share” button as we had with DualShock 4," Sony announced in an official blog about the DualSense controller.
Sony added, "Don’t worry – it’s not going away. In fact, we’ve built upon the success of our industry-first Share button to bring you a new “Create” button feature.
"With Create, we’re once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves. We’ll have more details on this feature as we get closer to launch."
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Anything Share can do, Create can do better
As a bare minimum, it seems safe to assume that the Create button will carry over the basic functionality of the Share button.
This means you'll be using the Create button to take screenshots and capture gameplay footage on PS5.
We also wouldn't be surprised to see the Create button allowing players to stream their gameplay footage live for their followers to view, making the PS5 a super easy platform for aspiring streamers to adopt.
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What else is on our Create button wishlist for PS5?
Rumours are already rife about the Create button, with many gamers hoping it will allow them to create GIFs of gameplay moments that are perfect for sharing on social media.
It would be incredibly cool if players could add captions, stickers and other annotations to their Create button footage, with the same ease that you can personalise an Instagram Story.
Some players are also hoping that the DualSense controller's built-in microphone array will allow them to add voiceovers and commentary to their gameplay footage without having to switch between devices.
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Which social media platforms will connect to PS5?
It remains to be seen which social platforms will have direct integration with PS5, but you'd expect Sony to want Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and TikTok all connected to the console.
After all, with loads of different ways for players to share their Create button content, in-game hype from early adopters of the PS5 could spread very speedily around the web.
Negotiations between Sony and those social platforms could well be happening behind-the-scenes right now, but only time will tell exactly what the Create button offers and where players will be able to share the content they create with it. Watch this space...
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