PS5 news: Xbox’s Phil Spencer praises the DualSense controller!

The Head of Xbox gave his thoughts on the PS5’s latest innovation…

by Oliver Barsby

In an interview with The Verge’s Decoder podcast, the Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has given his thoughts on the PlayStation 5’s new controller.

“I applaud what they did with the controller,” he began. “Not actually for – well, I shouldn’t say not for the specifics of the controller, but more than just the specifics of the controller.”

“I think for all of us in the industry, we should learn from each other and the innovation that we all push on,” Spencer said, highlighting the Wii as a huge innovation that had a significant influence on the Kinect and PlayStation Move.

Spencer also continued to praise the Xbox controller for its particular universality. “The Xbox controller has kind of become a default, even outside of gaming scenarios, which is always bizarre to me,” he explained. “I’ll see somebody controlling a robot and they’re using an Xbox controller somewhere in an enterprise scenario.”

The DualSense controller has continued to impress PlayStation 5 owners with its haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which are heavily utilised in Astro’s Playground, for example.

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Keep reading for all the latest PlayStation 5 news and developments following the console’s full release.

More PS5 news: Scalper group claims to have bought THOUSANDS of PS5s!

A reseller group known as CrepChiefNotify secured over 3000 PlayStation 5 consoles, its manager told Business Insider, as desperate fans turn to eBay to buy their PS5.

“Our total collective number is 2472 PS5 consoles across all of our members,” the manager admitted. This number does not include a further 1000 PS5 consoles bought from when PlayStation 5 pre-orders first opened in late September.

Initially starting out in reselling Yeezys, the group has expanded outwards during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Xbox Series X and PS5 being the golden geese for the group.

With thousands of members signed up to its subscription service that provides resources for would-be scalpers to profit from, CrepChiefNotify explained how the group collectively bought so many PS5 consoles. “We knew where to go before they announced [the pre-orders].” The group was “watching all the sites for when they drop stock” and “running bots for members to 100% guarantee at least one PS5.”

The existence of these groups and individual scalpers has led to many prospective PlayStation owners expressing their frustration at the next-gen console’s scarcity, turning to eBay to buy a PS5 for above the RRP.

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PS5 system update: What happened in the latest software upgrade

Following the PlayStation 5’s release last week, the console is now receiving its first firmware update, coming before the console launches in Europe and the Middle East.

This 20.02-02.25.00 update comes as many PS5 owners reports issues with the Rest Mode, various crashes, and being unable to download the PS5 version of some games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Has this patch fixed it? We’re not sure. Continuing its tradition from the PS4 of rather vague patch notes, the sole line in the update said: “This system software update improves system performance.”

You can download the update, which weighs in at 868MB, through the PlayStation 5’s settings.

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PS5 price confirmed for USA, Europe, UK and Japan

Sony’s second large-scale PlayStation 5 confirmed the following prices for the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition…

ps5 price

When did the PS5 release?

This PS5 release date window was also confirmed in the recent stream…

ps5 release date

Will PS4 games work on PS5?

In short, yes. The long answer comes from a Sony blog post, which put it like this: “A quick update on backward compatibility – With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalogue, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favourites on PS5.

“We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.”

Sony also announced that PS4 controllers will only work on the PS5 when playing PS4 games, while a DualSense will be able to do both. Considering the new features of the DualSense, it makes sense for the previous version to be slowly phased out like this.

You can read all about PS5 backwards compatibility right here.

PS5 Console Design and Features

We were first treated to a full console reveal in Sony’s June showcase that showed off TWO PS5 consoles: the Standard and Digital Editions.

ps5 console design revealed confirmed

As we have all learned since, the PS5 is pretty huge, and can look quite intimidating next to other consoles. PlayStation’s VP of UX Design, Matt MacLaurin confirmed on his LinkedIn of all places that the PS5’s size is to ensure it keeps cool while playing next-gen titles.

When questioned about the size of the PlayStation 5 he simply replied “Thermals.”

This is a relief to owners of the original PS4 who have to withstand the jet-engine level noise that the console’s fans make in an attempt to cool the system down.

READ MORE: PS5 console size to scale

What is the DualSense?

The DualSense PS5 controller was dubbed as the future of gaming – and it certainly brings with it a load of changes.

The controller departs from the traditional PlayStation controller slightly, opting for a more ergonomic design. We also know that the DualSense controller includes Haptic Feedback, Adaptive Triggers, and a built-in mic.

READ MORE: DualSense explained and everything about the PS5 controller

Will my PS4 controller work with PS5?

Yes, but only for PS4 games. You can also check out what has changed about the PS5 controller right here.

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PS5’s new features

We know that both the Xbox Series X and PS5 are boasting incredible specs, but what about actual features?

We may have a new insight into the potential capabilities of the PS5 after a new patent revealed Sony’s intention of including a picture-in-picture, or multitasking mode.

This new tech would allow PlayStation users to play games and watch TV simulatenously.

However, the existence of this patent does not confirm the feature will come to the PlayStation 5, as plenty of Sony patents have not yet come to fruition in the next-gen consoles.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more PS5 news comes to light!

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Oliver Barsby