Thursday 9 April 2020

DualSense controller teases PS5 form factor

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Sony is still on course to release the PlayStation 5 (PS5) this holiday season. Although expect it to be in very limited supply at launch.

Earlier this week, the Tokyo-based multimedia company revealed the DualSense wireless controller for the upcoming console and I was instantly reminded of Detroit: Become Human.

SIE President & CEO Jim Ryan says: “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 – continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future. To the PlayStation community, I truly want to thank you for sharing this exciting journey with us as we head toward PS5’s launch in Holiday 2020. We look forward to sharing more information about PS5, including the console design, in the coming months.”

DualSense has met with mixed reactions, but I really like its sleek anime design cues. Whilst gamers won't know how the premium-looking controller handles until in-hand, the latest evolution of DualShock looks larger and should appease fans (myself included) of the Xbox One controller. Subjectively, the DualShock 4 has never been comfortable for long gaming sessions and curtailed by poor battery life.

Sony has piqued my interest far more than Microsoft with its Xbox Series X. I've no need to replace my Xbox One X for the foreseeable future. A two-tone PS5 would be a welcome addition to my home gaming setup this Christmas. Let's hope it's whisper-quiet compared with its noisier predecessors.

What do you think of the DualSense wireless controller? Let me know in the comments below.

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