DualSense explained: PS5 controller in black revealed in FCC listing!

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, and you can even pre-order on RIGHT NOW from retailers such as GAME – you can click this link to do just that.

The DualSense controller was the first piece of PS5-hardware shown off, even before the console itself! However, while we now know all about its features including Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers, we’re still unsure as to whether the controller will come in black, until now.

Keep reading to see the latest DualSense leaks that breakdown the PS5 controller’s insides!

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Black PS5 Controller shown off by FCC

Images of a black DualSense controller have surfaced after a US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) listing for a black version was found, as first reported by VGC.

The listing, which can be viewed here, was submitted in April, and includes images of an all-black PS5 controller, of which you can see below.

However, these images could just be a prototype version of the DualSense controller rather than one intended for wider release, as the buttons do not appear to have any markings on them.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen images of a black PS5 controller, as pictures from ResetEra appeared to show off advertising featuring the DualSense variant, although not everyone was convinced that it’s real.

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Previously, Eric Lempel, the Head of Global Marketing for PlayStation, also 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.

While the PS5 controller will solely come in its standard two-tone black and white design when the console first launches, this is a strong indication that the Sony will release alternative options pretty soon…

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PS5 controller to include LED light indicators

Following a hands-on with the PS5 from 4gamer, we now know that LED lights on the DualSense will be used to indicate which player you are.

In the past, the DualShock instead used different colours to denote which player you were, with Player 2 designated the colour red. Instead, with the DualSense, Player 2 will see two lights on the light bar below the touchpad.

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PS5 controller price confirmed as pre-orders open

Much like the PS5 price, the DualSense price has recently been confirmed.

Picking up a PS5 DualSense controller on its own will cost you £59.99 here in the UK, with retailers such as GAME going live with their pre-order pages already!

Indeed, you can now buy the DualSense controller from Amazon too, with the product page going live alongside the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition from this link!

There is also a whole family of official PS5 products, from headsets to charging stations, which are available to order now – you can click here to check out the range.

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PS5 controller release date

The DualSense controller’s release date will match up to the main PS5 console release date.

That is to say, the PS5 controller will launch in the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea on November 12th.

There is also some confusion surrounding the DualSense’s release date in the rest of the world, which will receive the PS5 on November 19th.

According to the UK retailer Simple Games, the DualSense and all other PS5 accessories have had their release date moved to November 12th in the UK, before the console’s launch…

BUY NOW: Pre-order a DualSense controller from GAME

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PS5 controller colours include gold version

It seems like the white-and-black DualSense controller will be the only option for most gamers when the console launches.

However, if you can’t wait for any official colour alternatives and have cash to burn, a luxury GOLD version of the PS5 controller is now available to pre-order from Truly Exquisite as a limited edition product.

Included in a bundle with the PS5 Gold Version, this is the fanciest version of the DualSense that we’ve seen. Be warned, though, as it doesn’t come cheap, with the 24K Gold DualSense costing £649.

Gold PS5 controller

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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!

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.

The DualSense grip is covered with tiny white symbols.

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

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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PS5 controller vs Xbox Series X controller

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!

We’ve also heard that the PS5 controller will have much better battery life than its predecessor – so that’s something to celebrate!

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Rob Leane