Sony unveils the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller

Sony has unveiled the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.
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Sony officially revealed the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller on Wednesday morning, detailing the successor to its DualShock controllers.

The new wireless controller features like haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, a built-in microphone and has removed the 'share' button introduced with the PlayStation 4's controller.

There's an emphasis on players physically feeling things as they use the DualSense, which Sony says will greatly heighten the sense of immersion, along with the console's audio innovations. 

"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," says PlayStation's Hideaki Nishino in a blog post about the DualSense.

"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.

"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."

The controller's built-in microphone will allow players to chat with friends without using a headset and can be muted with a new button under the PlayStation button.

Introducing DualSense, the New Wireless Game Controller for PlayStation 5.
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The DualSense controller also features a two-tone colour scheme as an aesthetic departure from the standard single colour DualShock controllers.

"Additionally, we changed the position of the light bar that will give it an extra pop. On DualShock 4, it sat on the top of the controller; now it sits at each side of the touch pad, giving it a slightly larger look and feel," says Nishino.

Although Sony recently delayed some of its major titles recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the DualSense announcement it re-committed to releasing the PlayStation 5 later this year.

It's main rival, the upcoming Microsoft Xbox Series X, is also still scheduled for release in late 2020.