See the new Sony Playstation 5 DualSense controller
Sony surprised gamers across the world with images and breakdown of its new Playstation 5 DualSense wireless controller.
Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment said in a statement: "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.”
The new controller features a white-and-black colour scheme, a gamepad that offers a selection of new features, including haptic feedback and adaptive triggers with a touchpad at the centre and blue lighting zones.
The Share button has been replaced with a “Create” button that offers new ways for players to share their experiences with friends.
Additionally, Sony’s PS5 DualSense controller has a built-in microphone array that allows you to chat with teammates without a headset.
“The features of DualSense, along with PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech, will deliver a new feeling of immersion to players,” Sony said.
The company said that it had held discussions with players and found that the sense of touch during gameplay could be improved for the PlayStation platform.
“We had a great opportunity with PS5 to innovate by offering game creators the ability to explore how they can heighten that feeling of immersion through our new controller.”
“This is why we adopted haptic feedback, which adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud,” Sony said.
“We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.”
Sony has started shipping the PS5 DualSense controller to developers who are implementing its unique features into their games.
The new PlayStation 5 is set to launch in the holiday 2020 period and is expected to offer 10.28TFLOPS of graphics processing power due to AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 36 compute units clocked at 2.23GHz.
The CPU will be a custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 unit clocked at 3.5GHz, which can also run at variable frequencies.
Sony will pack 16GB of GDDR6 RAM into the console, along with an 825GB SSD that the company said will offer super-fast loading times.
Written by: Gabriella Steyn.