The DualSense PS5 controller has been officially revealed, but what can this new-fangled piece of kit actually do?
If you've been wondering about the exact features and specifications of the DualSense PS5 controller, you've come to the right place for a spot of learning.
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You may well want to keep using your PS4 controller with the PS5 console, but you won't be able to escape the DualSense PS5 controller for long! You'll have to get with the next-gen programme eventually if you want to stay hip.
With the unrelenting onslaught of time in mind, we've got a rundown of the key features of Sony's DualSense PS5 controller here...
DualSense PS5 haptic feedback
For the PS5's controller, Sony chose to adopt haptic feedback. This gives game developers the opportunity to add a variety of touch-based sensations for the player. For instance, you might be able to feel the gritty mud underneath your car, or experience every punch in real-time.
Sony explained their decision to add haptic feedback to the DualSense PS5 controller by saying: "the sense of touch within gameplay, much like audio, hasn’t been a big focus for many games. 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."
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DualSense PS5 adaptive triggers
Pressure-sensitive trigger buttons have been the norm on PlayStation controllers for a few generations now. But DualSense takes it one step further with adaptive L2 and R2 triggers.
DualSense PS5 adaptive triggers enable you as the player to "truly feel the tension of your actions". Plus, with innovative space-saving design, the components of these triggers have been implemented with minimal bulkiness.
DualSense PS5 create button
The "Share" button was originally one of the most controversial additions to the DualShock 4 PS4 controller. Gone was the iconic "Select" and in its place was something that at first glance looked like nothing more than a gimmick.
However, with shared gameplay footage and screenshots becoming commonplace in the current generation, Sony has taken sharing to the next level with the "Create" button.
In the company's own words, "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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DualSense PS5 headphone jack
The DualSense PS5 controller introduces a first for the PlayStation lineage: a built-in microphone array. So, if you don't have a headset of your own and can't afford to shell out for one, you can still join in party chat with your friends online.
In announcing the new PS5 controller, Sony did say "if you are planning to chat for a longer period, it’s good to have that headset handy". This suggests that a headphone jack will also be standard on their new joypad.
Check out our "DualSense Explained" article for up-to-date news on the PS5 controller.
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