PS5 DualSense controller: Key features, details and all you need to know

Yolanda Curtis
April 8, 2020

While the PlayStation Blog's reveal of the PlayStation 5 Controller made a big deal out of its built-in microphone array, it really mention what people might do if they prefer more traditional headsets.

The kit is entering its penultimate stage of internal development, but it's unlikely its aesthetic will differ from what Sony has officially shared this morning.

Named, DualSense, this PlayStation 5 controller features haptic feedback, adaptive triggers in the L2 and R2 buttons, a rechargeable battery, and a built-in mic for voice chat and, presumably, potential voice commands.


Sony mentions that this feedback will add " a variety of powerful sensations you'll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a vehicle through mud". It'll serve largely the same goal, but the added benefits of the option have yet to be fully disclosed. "The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for gamers - continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future". Instead, the controller features a "Create" button. Normally Sony goes for a single colour controller as standard but now it is going to progress with dual-tone designs.

I polled the Tom's Guide crew to see what they thought of the new design, and we were pretty much split down the middle. What do you folks think of the new PS5 controller design? Numerous hilarious memes were created and at one point "Xbox Controller" was trending while "PS5 Controller" and "DualSense" didn't even crack the top 20. They also gave "thoughtful consideration" into how to keep a strong battery life for the DualSense, and wanted to ensure the weight of the controller did not get out of hand. The "Share" button also remains intact, with a new "Create" button feature incoming to allow "new ways for players to create epic gameplay content".

Given the PS5's focus on audio technology, what with the console's revolutionary new Tempest Engine, audio integration also plays an important role in the DualSense's design.


The PS5 DualSense controller was fully unveiled yesterday evening by Sony, and unsurprisingly, it's causing a lot of ripples - no, make that waves - on social media.

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan wrapped things up by promising more information about the PlayStation 5, including its design, in the coming months.


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