New “DualSense” PS5 Controller Revealed Ahead of Developer Shipments

By | 08/04/2020



While there have been numerous revelations concerning Sony’s new console, the tech giant has now released details of the DualSense PS5 controller as it is delivered to game developers.

Named “DualSense“, the controller comes packed with new features never before seen in a console and looks very different from the standard DualShock.

The DualSense was revealed by Hideaki Nishino, the current ‘VP of Platform Planning and Management for PlayStation‘.

Key features include:

  • Adaptive Triggers
  • Haptic Feedback
  • “Create” Feature
  • Front-facing LightBar
  • Tempest 3D AudioTech Microphone Array

The news of the new controller comes as PlayStation gets ready to ship out the new controller to game developers in order for them to implement next-generation features into their games.

Jim Ryan, the current ‘CEO and President of Sony Interactive Entertainment‘, recently shared his thoughts on DualSense:

DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5. The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games

One of the main features for PlayStation 5 that Sony has been talking about a lot is the Tempest 3D AudioTech engine.

The new audio engine is set to deliver unprecedented spatial and situational sound experiences within virtual 3D space.

DualSense PS5 Controller Image Front

One example given on how powerful the new audio engine may potentially be is that if it were raining in a game, you may hear every single raindrop all around you.

Where DualSense comes in with this audio tech is that it can deliver excellent input performance as well as output.

DualSense has a built-in microphone array that works with the Tempest 3D engine so that gamers won’t need a headset in order to speak to friends online.

From the images shown, it is also evident that the LightBar has now been moved to the side of the TouchPad.

This makes a lot of sense, since most of the time, you wouldn’t even notice the LightBar.

Haptic feedback has also been implemented as a new feature for DualSense.

This means that as well as vibrational feedback, there will be touch and motion-sensitive input such as moving the controller in your immediate space or through the TouchPad.

DualSense PS5 Controller Image Art

One thing Nishino-san has made especially clear is that sharing is not gone, it has just been replaced with a new “Create” button.

For now, Sony is being tight-lipped on the new features of Create.

USB rechargeable batteries are still present for the new controller, so no need to worry about stocking up on batteries from the little pink bunny.

One of the main new features of DualSense is the adaptive L2 and R2 triggers.

If this is truly implemented properly, then this could make for some intriguing gameplay.

Adaptive triggers essentially allow for resistance in a game, such as that of a gun’s trigger or taking a mountain bike through rugged terrain where you would have to pedal left and right using the triggers.

Aside from the potentially groundbreaking features of PlayStation 5 DualSense, immediately noticeable is the PS5 controller’s new design.

DualSense PS5 Controller Image Profile

DualSense looks very different than DualShock yet familiar enough that you know it is a Sony controller.

The traditional one tone coloring scheme is gone, which, according to Nishino-san, was a conscious design decision as was the relocation of the LightBar.

The two-tone color scheme, along with the relocated LightBar certainly makes the DualSense controller look like a next-generation controller and one worthy of PlayStation 5.

The distinctive shape of DualShock is still present yet DualSense is different enough to let you know that things have changed.

The three new design components together, the new shape, two-tones and facing LightBar make the controller extremely distinctive and flow with an excellent combination of design and color.

We haven’t seen the final design of the PlayStation 5 yet, however, if DualSense is anything to go by, I think it’s going to be a beautiful machine.

The DualSense and PlayStation 5 release date is set for sometime later this year.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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6 thoughts on “New “DualSense” PS5 Controller Revealed Ahead of Developer Shipments

  1. Rajith

    Thanks for the in depth analysis Michael. I am also a tech stuff lover and this article contains a lot of useful info.

  2. Ryzehn

    The controller definitely looks like something out of a sci-fi movie and very alien as well. If the controller is anything to go buy, I think I’ll be looking forward to how the console itself looks, it might add a futuristic touch to my desktop.

    Would be interesting to see how that haptic feedback works too. You have any information on the console? I know they put out an info video, but honestly, I didn’t understand it much since it was full of technical jargon and specifications that don’t really mean much to me.

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi and thanks for commenting.

      DualSense does look amazing and if the new features are used properly, it could make for some interesting gameplay.

      I haven’t written an article on the PS5 technical specs and features yet because most of the information available is hearsay, speculation and rumor,

      However, when the information comes from Sony after they officially unveil the machine, I will definitely inform my readers.


  3. Mick

    Hey Michael, some great information to a product that isn’t even out there yet?

    A product that isn’t trending yet, and in a great place for when it does.

    Games today are just unbelievable and the more impressive the games are the more impressive the controller needs to be.

    Whilst I am not a gamer, but once was (in the good old days) I can certainly appreciate just what goes into the development coming from a software development background.

    Thanks for sharing.


    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hey Mick.

      Sony are beginning to release small amounts of info about the PS5 but no full tech specs yet.

      DualSense news has hit the web and social media hard and people seem quite impressed.

      Thanks for commenting,


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