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Does this controller remind you of something?

In a weblog put up at the moment, Sony launched the primary photographs of its PlayStation 5 controller, the DualSense, however its new form makes it look nearer to an Xbox One controller. Or perhaps an Nvidia Shield controller. Or perhaps a Scuf Gaming Pro controller.

Sony is ditching its basic, square-ish look and going with one thing that looks like it’s going to match extra comfortably in your arms (and appears a little bit extra like its rivals). Aside from including twin thumbsticks on the PS2 and a touchpad on the PS4, this is without doubt one of the most vital redesigns the PlayStation controller has gotten in years, and I should admit: Sony, you lastly made a handsome controller.

The PS5’s controller is much less sq. across the center and outdoors edges, and positively extra chonk the place your arms usually grip. It even has an identical curvature across the exterior, thicker on the backside however curving inward towards the highest. Sony lastly realized that Xbox controllers are a bit extra snug to carry, and that monotone controllers are so blasé nowadays. The two-toned shade scheme with matching buttons and refined lighting across the touchpad makes the DualSense really feel oh-so-modern.

Sony can be doubling down on the the haptic suggestions characteristic that outlined its DualShock Four controllers with new haptic suggestions factors like “adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons.” The firm says these will enable gamers to really feel extra life-like stress when driving by means of thick mud or pulling the string again on a bow. I gotta say, although, haptic controller suggestions has at all times been my least favourite factor about PlayStation controllers. I’m simply not massive on the entire “lets make your hands go slightly numb every few minutes with vibrations” really feel. I’ll give the adaptive triggers a shot, if solely to see in the event that they really feel like what Sony says they really feel like.

The ‘Share’ button can be altering. Sony is renaming it to the ‘Create’ button, however didn’t present any particulars on how creating will likely be totally different from sharing. I doubt Sony will eliminate any of its sharing options, like gameplay clips, screenshots, and streaming to platforms like Twitch, however what is going to it enable customers to create? Maybe a built-in photograph editor like Nvidia’s GeForce Experience?

The DualSense is fairly sufficient and has sufficient new options for me to place apart my keyboard and mouse for a short while and see if I prefer it. Of course, we received’t have the ability to get our arms on it till the tip of the 12 months, but it surely could be well worth the wait.

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