We're steadily approaching the halfway mark for 2020, speeding headfirst into the holiday season before we know it. Once that time rolls around, it will be time to hold a moment of silence for all of our wallets. Indeed, both Microsoft and Sony have planned their next-gen console launches during the holidays, and both are sporting some very impressive specs. Up to this point, Microsoft has been quite open about their next generation of consoles, all going under the banner of 'Xbox Series X'. We know what the consoles look like, as well as their controllers. Sony, on the other hand, has been rather reclusive. We only just recently found out about the PlayStation 5's hardware and inner-workings, after all. Now, however, we get our next glimpse at the console; specifically, it's controller.


Sony took to their favorite place for all things PlayStation: The PlayStation Blog. In a post made just a few days ago, they unveiled the design and details of PlayStation 5's controller: The DualSense. Yes, those of us expecting it to be the DualShock 5 were awfully surprised by this twist. Right off the bat, the first thing you'll notice about the DualSense is its color design. For the past three generations, Sony has always stuck to a uniform black controller with colored face buttons. The DualSense looks like some sort of hybrid mashup between a DualShock and an Xbox One controller, a bold contrast of white and black with monochrome face buttons. The light bar has also been nestled between the touchpad. While we don't know what the PS5 itself will look like just yet, the controller certainly hints at it.

But let's get into the nitty-gritty behind the DualSense, including where it got that name to begin with. The idea behind the DualSense is right there in the title: Sense. "Based on our discussions with developers, we concluded that the sense of touch within gameplay, much like audio, hasn't been a big focus for many games," the post reads. The DualSense makes use of haptic feedback, which simulates various sensations through the controls. To add to this, the triggers are adaptive, allowing you to feel the tension behind things like, say, drawing a bow. Another big change is the removal of the PS4's 'Share' button. In its place is the new 'Create' button. "With Create, we're once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves. We'll have more details on this feature as we get closer to launch."


The final bit of info Sony had to share on the DualSense is its usage of a built-in microphone array. With this, players can hop into quick chats without the need for an external mic. For longer chats, however, a regular microphone is recommended. The DualSense still has an audio jack for this purpose. To read the full post, make sure to check out the PlayStation Blog. It concludes with a statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, who reveals: "We look forward to sharing more information about PS5, including the console design, in the coming months." Looks like we won't have much longer to wait for the big unveiling. With all of this, the picture being painted for next-gen gaming has become clearer than ever. From the looks of things, the coronavirus pandemic hasn't slowed down plans for these consoles to launch on-time either. All we can do now is wait (preferably at home).


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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