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Introducing Dualsense, The Playstation 5 Controller

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This afternoon Sony revealed the Dualsense….the controller that will come with the Playstation 5 when it launches later this year.

The first and most striking thing about the PS5 controller is its appearance. Some may disagree, but of all the adjectives that I’ve used to describe a Playstation controller, “pretty” has never been one of them. But this, with its smooth curves and white paint job, is much more of a looker than the bulbous and rough PS4 controller.

At first glance all the buttons seem to be in the same places they were before, but Sony says there’s one difference: the “Share” button has been replaced with the “Create” button. We wouldn’t call this a replacement, exactly, if they’re both going to do the same thing — but Sony promises a more in-depth explanation of what the Create button does at a later time.

So why’s it called the DualSense? Two words: haptic feedback! Sony promises the most advanced vibration system ever put into a controller. They claim haptic feedback “adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud.” The L2 and R2 triggers will now be adaptive, “so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.” Did you hear that, Lara?

But the biggest improvement the Playstation 5 controller could make would be the ability to turn off the garish, pointless and battery-draining light bar. A 360-degree spin of the controller made us wonder if there was even one there. Sony says yes, it’s still there, but it’s now more of a light STRIPE that runs along the left and right sides of the touchpad. It’s not as big, and its placement means we can actually SEE it this time, but no word on if we can finally shut it off.

More information about the Dualsense, and about the Playstation 5 in general, will be revealed for the coming months. The PS5 is still slated for a Holiday 2020 release.