Thoughts on Sony's new DualSense PS5 controller

The DualSense controller for PlayStation 5

This week, Sony unveiled the DualSense: their next-gen wireless controller.

I’ve always felt like most updates to the original PlayStation controller were minor, often tacked-on changes that — at this point — seem to have created a great deal of design debt when it comes to the actual look of the controller.

The DualSense, on the other hand, appears to be a legitimate evolution of the PlayStation controller, something I feel hasn’t happened since the addition of DualShock to the original PlayStation controller back in 1997.

The new functionality of Sony’s new DualSense controller really does sound like it’ll help to deliver new experiences to players, in particular the haptics and sound, but also the ergonomics, refined adaptive triggers, and more.

As for the aesthetics, the controller itself looks beautiful. It’s simple, clean, and subtly futuristic without seeming obnoxious, particularly in white. My one complaint is that I do wish they would have kept the coloured shapes on the buttons but that might have compromised the look they were going for here.

So, when do we get to see the console?