DualSense™ Wireless Controller
Discover a deeper gaming experience1 with the innovative new PS5™ controller.
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The DualSense wireless controller for PS5 offers immersive haptic feedback2, dynamic adaptive triggers2 and a built-in microphone, all integrated into an iconic design.
Bring gaming worlds to life
Feel physically responsive feedback to your in-game actions with dual actuators which replace traditional rumble motors. In your hands, these dynamic vibrations can simulate the feeling of everything from environments to the recoil of different weapons.
Experience varying levels of force and tension as you interact with your in-game gear and environments. From pulling back an increasingly tight bowstring to hitting the brakes on a speeding car, feel physically connected to your on-screen actions.
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Find your voice, share your passion
Built-in microphone and headset jack
Chat with friends online3 using the built-in microphone – or by connecting a headset to the mm jack. Easily switch off voice capture at a moment’s notice with the dedicated mute button.
Capture and broadcast3 your most epic gaming moments with the create button. Building on the success of the pioneering SHARE button, “create” offers players more ways to produce gaming content and broadcast their adventures live to the world.
A gaming icon in your hands
Take control with an evolved, two-tone design that combines an iconic, intuitive layout with enhanced sticks and a reimagined light bar.
The DualSense wireless controller retains many DUALSHOCK®4 features, returning for a new generation of play.
Charge and play, now via USB Type-C®4.
Select games take on an extra dimension with higher-fidelity sound effects bursting from the controller.
Bring intuitive motion control to supported games with the built-in accelerometer and gyroscope.
Play together on PS5™
Grab player two and discover a world of local multiplayer games for the PlayStation®5 console, including sports, platformers and intense shooters that all take advantage of the DualSense wireless controller's incredible sensory features.
Click. Charge. Play.
Stay in the game and be ready to face your friends with the DualSense charging station.
Dock up to two DualSense wireless controllers5 quickly and easily with the charging station’s click-in design. Your controllers charge as quickly as when connected to your PS5 console – so you can free up USB ports without sacrificing performance.
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1 Compared to DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.
2 Available when feature is supported by game.
3 Internet and account for PlayStation™Network required.
4 Cable not included. To connect or charge the controller use the USB cable supplied with the PS5 console.
5 Controllers sold separately.
Always update your PS5 system software and the wireless controller device software to the latest version.
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PS5 DualSense controller design, features, haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and more explained
The PS5 or, to use its full title, the PlayStation 5 will be arriving around Christmas and with it comes a new PS5 controller.
Breaking tradition, the PS5 controller is called the DualSense and, when compared to past Playstation controllers, has quite a unique look.
Like the PS5 specs, PS5 SSD storage, PS5 console design, upcoming PS5 games and the backwards compatibility of the PS5, on this page you'll find everything we know about the upcoming PS5 controller - the DualSense.
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Create button, adaptive triggers and other confirmed PS5 DualSense controller design features explained
We first learned about the features of the upcoming PS5 controller from an interview Mark Cerny gave with Wired and later got our first look at the DualSense from a PlayStation blog post announcing the new controller.
Thanks to that blog post and the Cerny interview, we know that the controller will have the following features:
- A completely reworked design for a PlayStation controller, which includes two colours - black and white. It definitely doesn't look like a leftover prop from a budget science-fiction movie.
- Adaptive triggers in the L2 and R2 buttons will offer levels of resistance while gaming. Examples of this in action include the tension when pulling a bow string before firing an arrow and being able to differentiate between the feel of a machine gun and a shotgun. In Arkane's Deathloop, it will block the trigger when your weapon jams.
- The angle of the triggers has been changed, alongside minor upgrades to the grip.
- Improved haptic feedback, i.e. improved rumble, will offer "astonishing effects" according to Wired, allowing you to feel the effects of different surfaces, whether it's resistance or simply a "bouncy sensation."
- The 'Create' button replaces the 'Share' button. The Create button will pioneer "new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves."
- A built-in microphone array, though you will still be able to use a headset if you prefer. There is also a mute button for the in-built microphone on the DualSense controller.
- It will have a USB Type-C port, which is used on modern (Android) smartphones, the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox Series X controller. The inclusion of this port was previously confirmed during Mike Cerny's interview with Wired.
- It's heavier than the DualShock 4, thanks to the inclusion of haptics and a higher capacity battery, which doesn't necessarily mean a longer battery life - it could be there to support the new, more intensive, features. Though, thanks to the Wired, we know that according to product manager Toshi Aoki, it should be lighter than the current Xbox controller "with batteries in it."
- A larger form factor than the DualShock 4, as shown here in this tweet by Geoff Keighley:
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- A textured grip on the underneath of the DualSense is also part of this new controller design.
- The PS button is now shaped like the PlayStation logo, rather than simply being a round button with the logo on it.
- Retains a rechargeable battery, internal speaker, touchpad and lightbar, with the lightbar now located either side of the touch pad.
DualSense Wireless Controller Specifications: Every spec for the PS5 DualSense controller
After the PlayStation 5 Showcase on the Wednesday 16th September, the specification for the DualSense Wireless Controller were released. These specs will tell you everything you need to know about the mechanisms for the controller, including it's weight and dimensions.
Below you can find the specifications for the PS5 DualSense controller, which were copied verbatim from the press release announcing the launch of the PS5:
|Dimensions||mm x 66mm x mm (width x height x depth)|
Directional buttons (Up, Down, Left, Right)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
R1 / L1 button
R2 / L2 button (with Trigger Effect)
Left Stick / L3 button
Right Stick / R3 button
Touch Pad button
|Touch Pad||2 Point Touch Pad|
|Motion Senor||Six-axis motion sensing system|
(three-axis gyroscope + three axis acceleormeter)
|Audio||Built-in Microphone Array|
Built-in Mono Speaker
Stereo Headset Jack - Output: 48Hz/16bit and Input: 24kHz/16Bit
|Feedback||Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button)|
Vibration (haptic feedback by dual actuators)
Indicators (Light bar / Player Indicator / MUTE status)
|Ports||USB Type-C port (Hi-Speed USB)|
Stereo Headset Jack
|Communication||Wireless - Bluetooth Ver |
Wired - USB connection (HID, Audio)
|Battery||Type - Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery|
Voltage - DC V
Capacity - 1,mAh
Haptic feedback and the PS5 DualSense controller explained
Haptic feedback is when a game using touch to convey an event or activity to player.
Typically this achieved through the controller's rumble settings, such as having the controller shake when an object explodes, so, when discussing haptic feedback, we're often talking about how developers improve the controller's rumble settings, much like the HD rumble for the Nintendo Switch.
When creating the DualSense controller Sony developers focused on improving the haptic feedback, because, as Sony explains in the blog post announcing the DualSense, "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."
In the Mark Cerny interview with Wired, we learnt that the improved haptic feedback was achieved through the use of "highly programmable voice-coil actuators located in the left and right grips of the controller."
Wired were also given the opportunity to play a version of Gran Turismo Sport on the PS5 dev-kit, which allowed them to experience the improved haptic feedback, which they described as "Driving on the border between the track and the dirt, I could feel both surfaces."
This sensation, Wired explains, "disappeared entirely" when they replayed the same track using the DualShock 4, which emphasises exactly how much the haptic feedback has been improved in the DualSense.
The improved haptic feedback the DualSense brings the player will then work if other important features of the new controller, such as the speaker and adaptive triggers, to increase immersion for the player.
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Other things we do - and don't know - about the PS5 DualSense controller
Although we now have a clearer idea about what to expect from the DualSense, here are other tidbits you should know about:
- With DualShock 4 not compatible with PS5 games, you will need to own multiple DualSense controllers to play local multiplayer.
- On that note - we still don't know how much are will a standalone DualSense controller set you back. This information will, presumably, be released alongside the official price for the PlayStation 5.
- While we now know what the DualSense looks like, we don't know whether it will come in a variety of colours. The use of two colours does allow the DualSense to to have a wider variety of designs compared to previous PlayStation controllers, so it will be interesting to see if Sony takes advantage of this.
- The exact battery life for the DualSense is also important information that is still a mystery to us. The DualShock 4 has a battery life of roughly four to eight hours, depending on how you use it. Considering the new features included in the DualSense, it will be interesting to see how its battery life compares to the DualShock 4.
- We're still waiting to hear about what exactly what the new 'Create' button is capable of. It does sound like it will share many of the same features as the DualShock 4's 'Share' button, allowing you to take screenshots for example, but it will be interesting to see whether, or how, these functions have been expanded on.
If you want to know more about the PS5, then check out our pages on the PS5 specs and upcoming PS5 games.
PS5 DualSense controller: Key features, details and all you need to know
(Pocket-lint) - The PlayStation 5 is now available and you can read our extensive review right here, but what about the controller?
The DualSense is more than just a fancy-looking DualShock 4, it has a number of key new technologies that make it truly next-generation.
We explain all here.
Essentially, while it may not look it from an initial glance, the DualSense controller is based on the PS4's DualShock 4 - easily the best controller in PlayStation's history so far. It just takes it all to another level.
The colour has changed, to a two-tone design to match the PS5 itself, while the bulk is increased and rounded off a little (to, almost, Xbox-form). However, the thumbsticks are in the same position and there is still a touch panel at the top. A lightbar returns too, albeit around the touchpanel rather than on the top.
Unfortunately, this means it's not compatible with PSVR, even though the virtual reality headset is supported by PS5 - the lightbar cannot be read by the camera. Still, it does have motion sensors inside, so maybe a future version of PSVR could use motion sensing instead.
The buttons and D-pad are covered in clear plastic, but you no longer get different colours on the iconic symbols. The grips aren't very, well, grippy though as they are quite smooth.
The controller adopts the USB-C standard, making for a charging port that'll work with all manner of cables.
One new feature added to the DualSense controller is in-depth haptic feedback. Instead of just the plain old rumble pack found in controllers across many generations of gaming, the DualSense includes actuators that give a player a more tangible, adaptable feedback to better immerse him or her in a game.
Even the slightest in-game effects can give players more precise feedback through the controller. For example, driving over ice feels different in Dirt 5 than driving over gravel.
Along with haptic feedback, the new controller adopts adaptive triggers for the L2 and R2 buttons, which can resist your fingers and make for even more immersion.
These represent the controller's biggest next-generation tech, with different levels force feedback available to developers to implement in their games.
For example, if you are pulling a bow string to fire and arrow, the trigger can be easy to press initially but get harder and require more pressure as the string tightens. It is quite something to behold once you have your first go on the controller.
Another biggy for the PlayStation team was to improve the rechargeable battery life in the latest controller. That's perhaps one of the DualShock 4's main caveats and it's great to have been addressed.
From our own tests, we got around 12 hours of play out of the DualSense before it was completely drained. That included games that made heavy use of haptic feedback and the adaptive triggers.
In comparison, the DualShock 4 maxed out at around eight hours.
No "Share" button
Yep, the Share button has gone. However, it has been replaced with a new "Create" button which is almost indentical - it's even in the same place as before.
However, it launches a new Creation Studio tool that allows players much more control over their screen grabs and captured videos.
One thing that will please multiplayer/social gamers no end is the new facility to chat in-game and with other players without the need for a headset - especially for short periods and when voice audio quality isn't that important.
The DualSense comes with its own microphone array built into the controller - plus a mono speaker, as before. These are also used for in-game play, which developers will no doubt explore more in time.
One of the key things to know about DualSense is that it marks a significant step forward for PlayStation controller tech, which means backward compatibility is a slight issue.
You cannot therefore use your old PS4's DualShock 4 controllers with PS5 games - although you can use one with PS4 titles working through backward compatibility. You can also use the DualSense to play them, of course.
A DualSense controller will not work on a PlayStation 4 console.
While you naturally get one in the box with the PS5, you'll can also purchase a second DualSense for $ / £ That's a small bump over the cost of a DualShock 4, but that seems to be the order of the day with next-gen accessories and games (many titles cost around £70, for example).
Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on .
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Every New Feature In The PS5 Controller
The wait still wears on for Sony to reveal the design or launch line up for its upcoming PlayStation 5 console. Still, the company has now opted to surprise fans with the sudden reveal of the controller that we’ll all become quite familiar with in the coming years.
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Below are some key points to bear in mind regarding the new controller’s design, including all the features that have been either added or taken away compared to the DualShock 4.
7 The New Name: DualSense (Goodbye, DualShock)
Though this isn’t strictly a new feature of the controller itself, it’s still a rather important thing to note. For the first time, Sony is dropping its longstanding naming convention in favor of something brand new. Instead of calling the new controller the DualShock 5—as many expected—it is instead going to be referred to as the DualSense. As President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan puts it, this new moniker “captures how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with the PS5.” Also, the “sense” in the name seems to be a reference to how the new controller will focus more on a sense of touch, specifically through haptic feedback.
6 Haptic Feedback In The Triggers (Like Xbox One)
It seems that Sony is betting big on the DualSense controller’s focus on more immersive rumble capabilities via haptic feedback. This doesn’t sound too far off from the HD Rumble featured in Nintendo’s Joy-Con controller.
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The controller will supposedly have multiple levels of nuanced rumble control to simulate the feel of whatever is happening on-screen, such as the “slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.” This sensation will extend to the adaptive triggers as well, which will be able to simulate sensations like the tension of a bowstring when drawing back an arrow on a bow.
5 The Share Button Is Gone (Called: "Create" Button Now)
Yes, you read that right, Sony is eliminating the Share button that it introduced with the DualShock 4 controller. However, it seems that the idea of the Share button will live on in the new “Create” button replacing it. Not many more details have been offered up on this front in the blog post. It sounds like Create will continue to allow players the opportunity to capture screenshots and footage of their gameplay, while potentially allowing them to directly share it with the world via social media or streaming. Sony wouldn’t have changed the name of this button if it was simply going to retain its exact functionality from the PS4, however, so expect some interesting new features added with this.
4 A Built-In Microphone
Sony has offered up external microphones in the past as part of the box that comes with the console. It seems that now it’s decided to cut out the extra step and just integrate it into the DualSense itself. The quality of the mic still remains to be seen—and it’s telling that the blog post still suggests using a headset for longer conversations—but this should at the very least prove to be a nice entry-level option for online communication. Hopefully, Sony includes an option to quickly toggle this mic on or off at will. It will presumably be in an ‘always on’ setting otherwise.
3 The Two-Tone Color Scheme
Traditionally, launch PlayStation controllers have been black to match the color of the launch console. However, in a continuation of bucking tradition, the DualSense will be the first launch PlayStation controller to feature a two-toned color scheme.
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The predominantly white with black accents look calls to mind the look of Stormtroopers from the Star Wars universe. Still, it’s a good look for what should hopefully be a groundbreaking controller. Also, though we have yet to see the design of the console itself, the color scheme of the DualSense could potentially be hinting at Sony going in a new direction with the color scheme for the PS5.
2 A Redesigned Light Bar
One of the most divisive aspects of the PS4 controller is the light bar, which many claim is an unnecessary addition that eats up the already limited battery. Perhaps in response to these comments, Sony has opted for a more subtle integration of the light bar with the DualSense. It now will show up as an accent on the sides of the touch bar in the center of the controller. This more understated look helps to highlight the two-toned color scheme, and will hopefully also mean that the light will be easier on the battery.
1 USB-C Charging
An image of the back of the controller shows that Sony is replacing the Micro-USB port of the DualShock 4 with a more modern USB-C connection for the DualSense. This was an expected move given that USB-C is the new standard. It’s still nice to see that we’ll have the convenience of this universal standard right out of the box. A USB-C port means that we can have faster charge speeds to look forward to, and the ubiquity of USB-C means that there won’t be any hassling with proprietary tech and cables. You can presumably use any cable you want as long as it has the right connection.
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The DualSense is not only the best controller Sony has ever put its name to, but that rare gaming input device that manages to feel genuinely innovative. A pleasingly sturdier beast than its predecessor, the DualSense outshines the PS4’s DualShock 4 in every conceivable way, finally giving PlayStation owners a controller that rivals Xbox’s offerings.
It would, of course, be remiss to talk about the PS5 controller without mentioning its killer app – the haptic feedback. Created by the company behind Nintendo’s Joycon HD Rumble, DualSense’s haptic feedback utilizes incredibly precise vibrations to help simulate on-screen happenings by sending intricate reverberations jolting across your hands. From the trickle of water droplets gently pitter-pattering across your palms to the new adaptive triggers’ tangible resistance as you pull back a bowstring, the aptly named DualSense enhances immersion in a pleasingly tactile way.
It’s hard to overstate the importance of Sony’s new immersive tech, really, and while the packed in Astro’s Playroom software goes some way to demonstrating its potential, we have no doubt that PS5’s launch games only scratch the surface of what haptic feedback will bring to the table. In an age where most controllers offer iteration rather than innovation, Sony’s DualSense is the rarest of input devices - one that feels genuinely exciting.
DualSense Wireless Controller price and availability
- DualSense Wireless Controller price: $/£/ AU$
- Currently only available in white
The PS5 DualSense controller is $/£/ AU$, but as you’d expect, every PS5 comes with a controller in the box. If, however, you want to indulge in some local co-op (or need to buy a replacement) you can always nab yourself an extra DualSense.
While the PS5 is currently completely out of stock worldwide, thankfully the DualSense seems to be largely available in both the US, UK and Australia.
- Comfiest PlayStation controller yet
- Textured handles make for sturdy grip
- Satisfying heft makes it feel premium
At first glance, PS5 controller looks like little more than a slightly futuristic redesign of the DualShock 4. Abandoning the PS4’s all-black grungey aesthetic in favor of a slick white body accented by matte black analog sticks, the DualSense is a surprisingly attractive controller in the flesh. While it has a new PlayStation-symbol-embossed home button and the aforementioned built-in mic (along with a handy mute button), aside from the swapped share and start buttons, you’d be mistaken for thinking this was just a bigger version of what came before. Yet look a little closer and every aspect of the DualShock 4’s chassis has been elongated.
This time around Sony has put most of the controller’s length into its grips, resulting in thicker and longer handles – and the result is the comfiest PS controller yet. Speaking of the grip, these elongated handles are now textured, too, feeling pleasingly tactile as they rest against your fingers. This newly textured grip also means that your controller will stay firm - even if you happen to get into a particularly sweat-inducing multiplayer session. In a fan-pleasing touch, if you look closely at these little textured symbols that make up the DualSense’s grip, you’ll discover that each side is made up of a tiny collection of the PS face button symbols.
What’s a controller without its buttons? While the DualShock’s buttons were serviceable, the buttons on the DualSense have been vastly improved from Sony’s last-gen offering. Sporting a sleek glass-esque aesthetic, these clear plastic face buttons feel far firmer to the press than the DualShock 4. It may sound like a fairly minor improvement, but it all adds up to an impressive whole - a controller that feels sturdy and durable.
This feels even more important considering that the biggest gripe players had with the DualShock 4 was with its flimsy analog sticks. The first iteration of these controllers quickly saw the felt nubs wear away, leaving many gamers with peeling, worn down analog sticks only months after they’d started using their £54 controller. While it’s too early to tell whether the DualSense will befall the same fate, sensibly Sony has opted to go with a concave design for its sticks, aping the far improved analog sticks included with the PS4 Pro controller. So far, they feel far sturdier than the disintegrating PS4 analog sticks, but we will update our review if these start to fall victim to excessive wear and tear.
While the DualShock 4 launched in black, magma red and wave blue variants, at launch, the DualSense is only available in white. Yet with the DualSense looking pretty sleek in its current two-tone configuration, it seems to be a pretty minor complaint. From its textured handles to its satisfying heft, the DualSense feels like a controller designed to make long gaming sessions as comfortable and immersive as possible.
- Haptic feedback and adaptive triggers are immersive innovations
- Battery life is a bit disappointing
- Built-in microphone
As we mentioned above, the haptic feedback is the real star of the show here. What’s impressive about the tech is that somehow, haptic feedback reverberates throughout the entire controller, and the adaptive triggers are already being used in some pleasingly different ways. From colorful adventure Bugsnax transforming the right trigger into an authentically rigid camera-shutter to the quiet thud of sand reverberating convincingly around the controller during Astro Playroom’s ‘Bot Beach’ level, this impressive tech genuinely feels exciting.
Immersive innovations aside, the DualSense feels like a controller built for convenience. Not only is it far more comfortable than the DualShock 4, Sony’s PS5 offering even has a built-in microphone, a pleasingly solid D-pad and no longer ruins your game with a glare-emitting light. While the touchpad and headphone jack return almost untouched from last-gen, the Micro USB charging cable has unsurprisingly been swapped out for a more modern USB C port.
The only downside with PlayStation’s next-gen offering is how long you’ll be able to use the DualSense. While not abysmal, the battery life is slightly disappointing, with Sony’s PS5 controller only providing around nine to 10 hours of play before you’ll need to pop in the charging cable. When compared to the staggering 30 hours you get from Nintendo’s brilliant Switch Pro Controller, 10 hours doesn’t feel like a great achievement.
Should you buy the DualSense Wireless Controller?
Buy it if
You want a sturdy, feature-complete and comfortable controller that offers something genuinely innovative
The DualSense is a revelation and believe us when we say it needs to be experienced to be believed.
You need a second controller for any local co-op compatible PS5 games
This is a given, but if you're looking for an extra PS5 controller then the DualSense is the most affordable, reliable option - making it a no brainer.
You want a rechargeable controller
The PS5 controller is fortunately rechargeable, just don't expect the battery life to last more than around 10 hours.
Don't buy it if
You want a controller that works flawlessly across multiple devices
The DualSense works brilliantly on PS5, PC and natively on PS3 (weirdly), but not PS4 - and currently does not work on Mac.
Here's what you need to know about the PS5 controller
Oliver Cragg / Android Authority
The PS5 DualSense controller has been a game changer for Sony. This controller, equipped with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, immerses players in gameplay in new ways. Here’s everything there is to know about the fantastic PS5 controller.
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DualSense wireless controller for the PlayStation 5
People thought the upgrades to the DualShock 4 controller for the PS4 were revolutionary. The changes Sony has made to its next-generation controller for the PS5 are even better. PlayStation pulled out all the stops in an effort to enhance the immersion experience for gamers.
A futuristic new look
If you compare the new PS5 controller to the PS4 controller, you’ll notice some massive visual differences.
Below is a picture of a PS4 controller. It has a very classic PlayStation look to it. PlayStation hasn’t really deviated a whole lot in controller design for the past couple of console generations.
If you take a look below at the new design of the DualSense controller for the PS5, you’ll notice just how sleek and different the new design is. The most significant difference is the change to a white controller. For the most part, all of the buttons are in the same spot, but the overall controller is a lot smoother. The new design is very similar to a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller; it feels and handles the same way, if not a bit better.
There’s a great hands-on filmed demo with the PS5 DualSense controller by gaming journalist Geoff Keighley that shows off all the cool features of the DualSense.
Immersive haptic feedback
The new PlayStation 5 controller offers haptic feedback. What this means is that you’ll be able to feel the difference between driving through the mud and driving on a smooth road. Haptic feedback provides a much more immersive experience for players because you can feel the unique differences between various terrains.
You’ll also be able to experience haptic feedback with more than just terrains. Even movements will simulate real-life touch. For example, if you were in a burning building in a game and you reach for a doorknob with your right hand, you’re going to feel vibrations on the right side of the controller. It may not sound like much, but haptic feedback in the PS5 controller truly enhances player’s gaming experiences.
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In the recent hands-on demo, Keighley actually used his breath on the PS5 controller to blow an on-screen pinwheel in the pre-installed game Astro’s Playroom. It’ll be interesting to see if that feature is incorporated into more games, not just a game that’s designed to show off the DualSense.
If you have a Nintendo Switch, you’ve already experienced haptic feedback – it’s that rumble you feel that varies based on how intense the situation is in your game. The Xbox Series X controllers are going to be enhancing their controllers with haptic feedback as well.
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority
The L2 and R2 buttons on the new DualSense controller for the PS5 feature adaptive triggers. The example that PlayStation used to demonstrate the importance of adaptive triggers was drawing an arrow. Usually in a game that requires you to use arrows, you don’t feel any difference between shooting an arrow and using the L2/R2 buttons for another task. With the adaptive triggers on the PS5 controller, you can feel the unique tension of drawing an arrow, which again helps you feel more immersed in the game.
PlayStation took caution with the controller design when incorporating adaptive triggers. They wanted to incorporate the bulky trigger hardware without compromising the sleek new design. The angle of the hand triggers has been changed to help the controller feel smaller in the hand.
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Create button to replace the Share button
PlayStation pleased a lot of players with the introduction of the Share button on the DualShock 4 controller. With the newest iteration, the DualSense, the Share button has been replaced with a Create button.
PlayStation is taking what players loved about the Share button and enhancing it with the Create button. PlayStation said that they are “pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves.”
The PS5 live event mentioned motion sensors alongside a clip of the new DualSense controller being slightly jostled. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not PlayStation is going to compete with Nintendo’s nearly perfected motion controls on the Switch.
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As of right now, we haven’t seen any revolutionary motion control activity with the DualSense. PlayStation has yet to comment further on the motion sensors and what they’re looking to do with them in the future.
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Charging and battery life
PlayStation is using a rechargeable battery in the DualSense controller. While it’s nice to know we won’t have to swap out batteries all the time, it can be a little frustrating if you frequently forget to charge your controller. The battery life lasts for around three to eight hours, depending on how demanding a game is on the DualSense.
The larger battery definitely makes the controller heavier, but Sony has put in the effort to make the controller as light as possible. Compared to the new Xbox Series X controller, the DualSense weighs about the same at around nine ounces.
Speaker and microphone
The PS5 controller has its own built-in speaker and microphone. During his hands-on video demo, Keighley stated there is a variety of different sounds coming from the speaker compared to the one in the PS4 controller. The sounds also can tie into the haptic feedback support as well.
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Weight and other features
In the hands-on demo video, Keighley stated that the PS5 DualSense controller does feel a bit heavier compared to the current PS4 controller, but it’s not a substantial difference. He also feels that the PS5 controller does feel a bit heftier compared to the PS4 gamepad.
The PS5 comes with a pre-installed game, Astro’s Playroom. The game is a great introduction to the DualSense and its features. If you can, we highly suggest playing this game before playing anything else on your new PS5. In the hands-on video, Keighley stated you can feel the tension in the haptic when your robot enters a sandstorm on the beach, and also hear the crispness of the sand through the speaker.
How much will the PS5 controller be?
One DualSense controller will, of course, come with the console, and you can buy a second for $
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It’s a slight bump from the price point of the PS4. However, with all of the new technological features, especially haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, the increase in price is not surprising.
Get the PS5 controller
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Can you use a PS5 controller with the PS4 or PC?
No, unfortunately, the PS5 controller is not compatible with the PS4. If you’re playing PS4 games on your PS5, then you can most certainly use the DualSense. But as of right now, you can only use DualShock controllers with the PS4.
You can, however, use the PS5 controller with your gaming PC.
Can you use a DualShock 4 controller with the PS5?
Yes, but you can only use DualShock 4 controllers specifically when playing PS4 games on the PS5. If you’re trying to play a PS5 game on the PS5, you’ll be required to use the new DualSense controllers.
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Forget better loading speeds, shiny graphics, and more processing power, the DualSense PS5 controller is what makes the PS5 feel truly next-gen. You might have read all about the new haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, but until you actually hold it in your hands, it's easy to dismiss as just another gimmick. After two weeks with the console and the PS5 controller, I can tell you it's so much more than that.
The best way to get to know your new device will already be installed on your PS5 when you unbox it. Astro's Playroom is the perfect showcase for everything the new controller can do, and had me handing the pad to anyone in the room to feel the sensations. The sharp impact of a hail storm, the buffeting winds, the ping of collecting a coin, moving through sticky mud. You didn't know you were missing the feeling of shattering glass in your hands until you feel it with DualSense PS5 controller, and then it seems like the most natural thing in the world. Spider-Man: Miles Morales uses it to great effect to mimic the gentle bump of the subway, or to give an extra crackle to those electrifying Venom attacks. This is so much more than the dull vibrations of rumble, it's a whole spectrum of tactile sensations. Combined with audio cues that can come directly from the DualSense's built-in speaker, it tricks your big monkey brain in a whole new way.
The same is true of the adaptive triggers. Even in Astro's Playroom, a game which is a cute and Pixar-esque platformer rather than a cutting-edge shooter, the feel of a trigger on a gun was so satisfying I just ran around shooting colored balls for a lot longer than was necessary. The game also let me shoot sucker arrows, and there was a feeling of tension in the bow coming straight through the triggers. I'd never known adaptive triggers would be a thing I wanted, it certainly didn't stand out in the PS5 early hype I eagerly consumed, but in reality, it's a smart addition. It might still be early days for next-gen games, but the potential in those two features should pump the brains of any PlayStation fan full of adrenaline.
The other new addition for the PS5 controller is the microphone, which is a nice touch for in-game chatting without needing a headset, and could even be used by quirkier games for gameplay features. Blowing on it to propel a fan, or potentially even screaming into it for some weird horror game mechanic. If you’re more interested in hearing sound than making it, plugging a headset into the headphone jack on the DualSense controller will let you experience PS5’s new Tempest 3D AudioTech, which is designed to make gaming more immersive for your ears.
One note on a less sexy part of the DualSense, unless you're into that sort of thing, is the USB-C charging point. As well as meaning it's time to clear our that drawer of wires, it also seems a little picky about which USB chargers it will work with. Charge through the PS5 and you're fine, but choose wisely with other adaptors. USB-C needs a higher voltage, so anyone leaving a pad to charge overnight using an older phone charging adaptor will potentially wake up to a flat battery.
It's not just the innards. The PS5 controller feels like a huge leap forward in design too, a beautiful baby to the PS5's massive mothership. The contrast between black and white is classic and clean, and makes the old DualShock look like a sad widow in mourning weeds. Even the textured grip hides a little Easter egg, as it's made up of tiny PlayStation button symbols. It feels ergonomically pleasing too, rounded in all the right places, weighted nicely without risking bicep strain, and even if you can’t get on board with the design, you’ll find little to complain about in the mechanics. Angles of triggers have been tweaked, the grip has been shifted, the Share button is now a Create button, but there’s nothing in the basic shape or hold that will panic anyone who has used a PlayStation controller before. Under the hood, some key technologies have carried on from DualShock 4 including the touch pad, for swiping and quick gestures, shown off in Astro’s Playroom with zipping up suits or rolling a ball and in Spider-Man: Miles Morales for opening your map and activities app.
DualSense and developers
Of course, the biggest caveat here is that it's going to be up to developers to make the most of the most impressive features. You can bet your bottom dollar that we'll see the haptic feedback put to good use in Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart - I can't wait to see how they add new sensations to the crazy arsenal Ratchet gets to play with - and don't be surprised if Naughty Dog's next game uses the technology too. But for it to really become a part of the next generation, its impact needs to extend beyond first-party studios. I want to feel bows twang in Assassin's Creed, the stiff trigger of a shotgun in Call of Duty, a gentle rain of blood in Resident Evil. Beyond this wishlist, which I’m sure mirrors plenty of emails from Sony overlords to big publishers and developers, the DualSense is my new favorite controller, and Once you get your hands on it, I’m pretty sure it will be yours too.
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Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller
The DualSense's haptic feedback and adaptive triggers make gaming feel more exciting than ever before
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