The DualSense controller is the official controller for the PlayStation 5, Sony’s next-generation gaming console, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021. This controller represents a significant departure from the previous DualShock controllers in terms of features and design. Here’s an overview of its key features:
- Haptic Feedback: One of the biggest features of the DualSense controller is its advanced haptic feedback system. This system is designed to provide more detailed physical feedback during gameplay, making it possible for players to feel different types of in-game touch sensations, like the grittiness of driving through mud or the tension when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.
- Adaptive Triggers: The L2 and R2 buttons of the DualSense controller have been turned into adaptive triggers. They can simulate various levels of resistance to mimic the tactile sensation of interacting with different objects and environments in games. For example, they can simulate the feeling of pulling the trigger of a gun, drawing a bow, or even feeling the push and pull of a car’s gears.
- Built-in Microphone: For the first time in PlayStation’s controller history, the DualSense comes with a built-in microphone array. This allows players to chat without a headset if they prefer, though it’s still recommended for longer conversations.
- Create Button: The “Share” button from the DualShock 4 has been replaced with a “Create” button on the DualSense. While Sony has stated that this button would provide new ways for players to create and share content, specific functionality may vary by game and system settings.
- Design and Form Factor: The DualSense controller has a more rounded design compared to the DualShock 4, which can provide better ergonomics for extended play sessions. It also introduced a two-tone design and light bars at the sides of the touchpad, giving it a distinct look.
- USB-C Port: For charging and wired connections, the DualSense controller uses a USB-C port, which represents a move towards more universal charging standards.
- Built-in Speaker and Headset Jack: Like its predecessor, the DualSense has a built-in speaker and headset jack for audio output.
- Motion Sensor: The DualSense controller has a built-in motion sensor, allowing motion-controlled inputs, much like the DualShock 4.