Sony unveils new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller

By Sean Carey,
Update: Mark Friend, the Principal User Researcher and Accessibility Specialist for PlayStation, has taken to Twitter after the reveal of Sony's PS5 controller to ask fans to share comments or concerns about accessibility for the DualSense controller (thanks, Push Square), although it seems Friend's tweet has now been removed.

Original story: Sony last night unveiled the new controller for the PS5. The DualSense controller features haptic feedback, adaptive triggers in the L2 and R2 buttons, a built-in microphone, USB-C port and an updated more ergonomic shape.

Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller Haptic Feedback

According to Sony, the Dualsense aims to improve immersion in video games through the sense of touch with something called haptic feedback. Instead of the familiar DualShock rumble we're all used to, haptic feedback is a more improved rumble that allows you to feel the effects of different sensations and surfaces while you play. Adaptive triggers also play a part in Sony's plan to enhance immersion. These triggers offer resistance while playing and will make shooting feel more realistic. For example, you'll be able to feel the tension while pulling back on a bow to fire an arrow.

Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller Haptic Feedback

The DualSense also features a built-in microphone that allows players to talk to their friends without a headset. It's likely that developers could also utilise this microphone for voice commands in games. Although not specifically mentioned in the PlayStation Blog post, the controller has a USB-C port for a rechargeable battery.

To fit all of this tech inside the controller, Sony had to slightly change the design from the DualShock 4. Hardware engineers had to work closely with the design team to stop the controller from feeling too bulky and carefully deciding where to locate some of the new features within the pad. The lightbar for the PSVR has also been removed from the top of the controller and is now located on either side of the touchpad.

The Share button has also been removed and has now been replaced with a "Create" button. Sony will share more details on the new button in the run-up to launch.

Sony recently revealed what's under the hood for the next-gen console. If you missed it, check out our article that details the PS5's specs in full.

What do you think fo the new PS5 DualSense controller? Let us know in the comments.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games such as Mordhau, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Games Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score and completion percentage!