The hands-on reveal of PS5’s DualSense controller has begun, and we’ll be reporting back with details as they’re shared. A brief side-by-side comparison showed that the DualSense is physically larger than the PS4’s controller, weighing a bit more and feeling like it has more “heft.” The integrated speaker is said to have a wider range of sound, and that they tie in with what the haptic feedback is doing, at least in Astro’s Playroom, a free game that’s pre-installed on PS5. According to Geoff Keighley, it’s a multi-hour game, rather than a quick tech demo.
After describing what it’s like to use the controller, Keighley shared slices of gameplay footage of him playing Astro’s Playroom with the new controller. The game is set up like different components of a computer, with a CPU lobby area and a cooling station area. One section showcased the adaptive triggers, with Keighley describing the tension he felt in each one as he used them while controlling a character whose body consisted of a large spring.
Next, he spoke with PlayStation worldwide head of marketing Eric Lempel. He said that Astro’s Playroom is intended to show off the benefits of the controller and various features of the system. An earlier version of the game was taken to developers earlier in development as the PS5 was introduced to them. In terms of the design changes to the controller itself, Lempel talked about Sony wanting to iterate upon the established DualShock design.
Lempel was asked about Xbox’s approach to the generational shift; whereas Microsoft is trying to blend the transition, Sony is more fully pushing for a full-on change to a new generation. He noted, “A big pillar of our company is innovation,” adding that “We want to push the boundaries of play… What’s unique about the DualSense is it plays into your senses.”
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Original Story: More details about the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller will be revealed today July 17, by Geoff Keighley. The stream, part of Kieghley’s Summer Game Fest, will be at 9 AM PST / noon EST on the event’s official website. You can also view it right here to make things even easier.
The stream was announced on Twitter by Keighley with a short video of him holding the controller, which you can see below.
The DualSense controller features haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a built-in microphone. The controller will also feature a rechargeable battery, just like the DualShock 4.
Sony is reportedly increasing its PS5 console production for the launch window, with an increase from 6 million units to 9 million.
One of the upcoming Summer Game Fest events is the Xbox Summer Game Fest Demo Event, which runs from July 21 to July 27, featuring more than 60 demos available on the Xbox One dashboard.
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