DualSense explained: PS5 controller design, Easter Egg, motion controls, video, colours, black version, specs, features, paddles, haptics changes, price, release date, leaks and more news about DualShock 5

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, known as the “DualSense”, and it has a cool Easter egg on its underside. How’s that for a surprise?

As spotted by @Shinobi602 on Twitter, the PS5 controller Easter Egg is this: the grip on the bottom of the controller, if you zoom in really close, is made up of tiny X, Circle, Square and Triangle shapes (harking back to those iconic PlayStation controller buttons).

You can click this next link to take a closer look at PS5 controller Easter egg, which is sure-to-be-fan-pleasing feature!

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 great!

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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.


DualSense PS5 controller news

Since it was announced, there has been no shortage of chat about the DualSense PS5 controller and what it could mean for the future of gaming.

The reveal of the PS5 controller Easter egg, with the iconic PlayStation button symbols hiding on the underside of your controller grip, is one of the most recent pieces of exciting news.

Also, the confirmation of motion controls for the PS5 controller is another hot piece of news in this arena, and we look forward to seeing exactly how the motion controls will factor into PS5 gameplay.

And here’s a fun little update for you: Sony has subtly confirmed with a Tweet that the DualSense PS5 controller will come in other colours! The Tweet included a jet-black controller, which standard in stark contrast to the white and black version that was previously revealed in an official blog.

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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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PS5 controller colours

“Traditionally our base controllers have a single color,” Sony says in an official blog post. “As you can see, we went a different direction this time around, and decided on a two-toned design.”

The PS5 console also seems to match the DualSense controller, matching its two-tone black and white design.

As there are 11 different versions of the PS4’s DualShock controller, each a different colour, we don’t expect that the PS5’s DualSense will only ever come in black and white.

Sony hasn’t confirmed how many PS5 controller colours that fans will be able to choose from, but that hasn’t stopped fans from calling out for DualSense controller customisation options. Thankfully, Sony has made it clear that white and black isn’t the only option…


PS5 controller black

A black PS5 controller is what a lot of people want to see… but is it actually 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…

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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.

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

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.”

DualSense paddles

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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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 features

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.

“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.”

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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 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

One thing that Sony has not revealed yet is an official PS5 controller video, so if you were hoping to see a slick PS5 controller trailer – bad luck! But the controller did pop up in this video about the PS5 console design

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 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 October 2020.

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!

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!

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Rob Leane