DualSense explained: 360-degree video released, hands-on impressions shared, and everything you need to know about the PS5 controller specs, features, price, black version and gold edition

Design, specs, colours, features, paddles, price, release date and everything else you need to know about DualSense, the PS5 controller!

by Rob Leane

Sony has officially revealed the PS5 controller, so now is a great time to scrub up on the new gamepad that will help define the next generation of gaming!

We’re also happy to report that the DualSense controller stacks up pretty nicely next to the PS4 DualShock controller and the Xbox Series X controller – it’s a big departure, but it could just be the best controller from Sony in the last twenty-five years!

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The DualSense marks another giant leap in the evolution of PlayStation controllers, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. Keep reading to find out all the important details about the PS5 controller.

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PS5 Controller News: New 360° video of the DualSense released

A new video of the DualSense controller has surfaced on the official PlayStation, showing off the controller from every angle.

Why we had seen most of the DualSense before, this video did, unfortunately, confirm people’s fears that the controller would not feature paddles on the back of the controller, in a similar way to the Xbox Elite controller.

You can see the video here.

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PS5 GOLD controller confirmed by luxury brand

Sony hasn’t confirmed how many PS5 controller colours that fans will be able to choose from, but a few of the different options have been revealed.

In recent news, for example, a GOLD version of the PS5 controller has been revealed. And it’s going to be a limited edition treat.

Included with a sure-to-pricey PS5 Gold Version, this is the fanciest version of the DualSense that we’ve seen…

Gold PS5 controller

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PS5 controller black version

What about a black PS5 controller – is that going to happen? The answer to that question seems to be yes!

Long after revealing the mainly-white version, Sony released a video to tease a PS5 live-stream, giving fans their first look at a pure-black PS5 controller…

Furthermore, this leaked image has been doing the rounds on ResetEra, although not everyone is convinced that it’s real…

black ps5 leaked image confirmed

In a recent stream, Eric Lempel, the Head of Global Marketing for PlayStation, said “We’ll talk about it at some point” when asked about whether gamers can expect to see the console or DualSense in different colours.

Could this mean that a black PS5 controller with red lighting is in the pipeline? Only time will tell, of course!

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PS5 controller leak

Not all information comes from official sources, so you might be wondering about PS5 controller leaks! One interesting PS5 controller leak suggests that the DualSense controller might not be the only peripheral that comes with your PS5.

A patent from Sony has circulated around the web, much more widely than the company might have liked, and it seems to suggest that the PS5 could also come with a PS5 robot companion that will talk to the player, sense your feelings and react accordingly.

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Check out the DualSense triggers!

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PS5 controller design

Speaking to some of the huge departures you can spot in the PS5 controller design, Sony’s blog states, “we changed the position of the light bar that will give it an extra pop. On DualShock 4, it sat on the top of the controller; now it sits at each side of the touch pad, giving it a slightly larger look and feel.”

One smaller detail about the DualSense that came out from the PS5 reveal was that the controller grip is covered in tiny PlayStation symbols and shapes. It can be quite hard to see on a normal picture, so we’ve included a zoomed-in image of the controller.

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The DualSense grip is covered with tiny white symbols.

These tiny symbols also appear on the white shell of the PS5 console.

PS5 controller price

Much like the PS5 price, the DualSense price is currently being kept a mystery – Sony did not reveal a price tag in this blog post.

It seems likely that the DualSense will cost just as much, if not more, than the DualShock 4. You can click this next link for our full speculation on the PS5 controller price in the UK and beyond.

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PS5 controller release date

You can expect the PS5 DualSense controller to launch this coming ‘holiday season’ at the end of 2020, alongside the PS5. The latest rumours predict that the exact PS5 release date window could be during November 2020.

And now that the PS5 controller has its own official Amazon listing, it’s starting to seem like more of a reality! You can click this link to check out the product page.

If you’re worried about missing out on a second DualSense controller upon launch, reports from Bloomberg have suggested that Sony has upped both its production of the PlayStation 5 console and controller. This is to match demand resulting from an increased interest in gaming during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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PS5 controller specs and features

On the major internal changes, Sony says this: “We had a great opportunity with PS5 to innovate by offering game creators the ability to explore how they can heighten that feeling of immersion through our new controller.

“This is why we adopted haptic feedback, which adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.”

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DualSense Adaptive Triggers

Speaking about the DualSense paddles on the PS5 controller, Sony says this: “We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.”

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PS5 controller Haptic Feedback

Following on from the above, you may have come across the term ‘haptics’ when the DualSense controller is discussed.

Haptic feedback is essentially the vibration given off by the controller when something happens in-game – this has been enhanced for PS5.

For example, instead of a generic ‘strong’ vibration when shooting a weapon in-game, you may well feel the a much broader range of sensations that compliment the weapon itself.

We’re very excited to see how this translates in to the upcoming PS5 titles!

PS5 controller buttons

Buttons have had a bit of an overhaul, too, with Sony saying: “For the buttons, you’ll notice there is no longer a ‘Share’ button as we had with DualShock 4.”

“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.”

PS5 controller microphone

“DualSense also adds a built-in microphone array, which will enable players to easily chat with friends without a headset – ideal for jumping into a quick conversation. But of course, if you are planning to chat for a longer period, it’s good to have that headset handy.”

Geoff Keighley also showed off another function of the microphone in his hands-on demo of Astro’s Playground, blowing into the microphone to spin a fan. While using microphone’s during gameplay has been somewhat of a gimmick in the past, this is another element developers can consider when creating PS5 games.

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The sticks haven’t moved and there is still a D-pad.

PS5 controller motion controls

“Motion controls” were mentioned during the PS5 reveal event live stream, alongside a brief clip of the DualSense PS5 controller being jiggled around. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to get us excited!

We don’t yet know the full extent of these motion controls – will they make the DualSense a rival to the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and/or Joy-Cons? Only time will tell!

PS5 controller screen

Putting a screen on a controller is something that many have predicted, but neither Sony nor Microsoft seems to be planning it any time soon. The PS5 controller has been well and truly revealed at this point, and there isn’t a screen in sight.

PS5 controller accessories

During the PlayStation 5 reveal event, Sony showed off a bunch of new PS5 accessories for the console, some of which are compatible with the DualSense controller.

The most interesting of these is the DualSense Charging Station, which acts as a dock for up to two of the controllers.

While the DualSense has a USB-C port on the top, it appears that the dock will charge by connecting to the bottom of the controller, similar to how the Nintendo Switch charges when docked.

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PS5 controller video: hands-on impressions

Geoff Keighley’s livestream gave us the first look at how the DualSense controller impacts the gameplay experience.

Keighley streamed a short video of himself playing a short demo of the upcoming Astro’s Playground, which comes installed with every PlayStation 5.

Comparing the controller to the PS4’s DualShock, Keighley described that the DualSense weighs more than its predecessor, but “doesn’t feel substantially heavier.”

He singled out the DualSense’s Adaptive Triggers as creating a “unique sensation” never experienced within gaming. As you push down on the DualSense’s triggers, you will be able to feel programmed tension.

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The stream gave further insight into Haptic Feedback, with Keighley describing that this new technology adds another layer to gameplay and is “not just a rumble player.”

Keighley gave the example of walking over ice or snow as creating tension in the controller via Haptic Feedback.

Aside from these two features, the stream showed off the improvements to the PS5 controller’s speaker. Keighley praised the improved range of the speaker, as well as a variety of sounds that can be sent out via the speaker.

The Astro’s Playground demo highlighted this technology via the sound coming from Astro’s feet crunching on the snow, as well as the sounds of ice storms also coming through the DualSense controller.

The demo also showed Geoff blowing into the PS5 microphone during the Astro’s Playground gameplay.

You can watch the full hands-on and interview with Eric Lempel, PlayStation’s Head of Global Marketing, down below.

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PS5 controller vs Xbox Series X controllor

If you still can’t decide between the two next-gen consoles, there are plenty of differences between the DualSense and Series X controller. Simply click on the link above to see our breakdown of the differences, similarities and updates to both controllers!

PS4 controller vs PS5 controller

If you’re still trying to figure out who would win if you staged a PS4 controller vs PS5 controller fight, simply click that last link to see a detailed breakdown of the upgrades, differences and things that stayed the same!

PlayStation has not yet stated whether the DualSense will work on the PS4, or whether the DualShock will work with the PS5. If we had to make a prediction, given the huge marketing push to distinguish the next-gen from the current generation of consoles, we wouldn’t be surprised if only the DualSense works with the PS5.

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Rob Leane