DualShock 5 – PS5 Controller

What to Expect from Sony’s DualShock 5

DualShock 5 Controller

With the PlayStation 4 release behind us, what once was new is now becoming the norm. With a new console generation upon us, it’s enough to make a person wonder exactly what the next console generation will be like.

Case in point: I’ve found myself wondering exactly what we are going to expect with the announcement of the PS5 DualShock 5 controller, which will probably be released sooner than you think (if, of course, cloud gaming does not make our consoles irrelevant that is, yet that is another argument for another time). How will Sony’s DualShock controller evolve? Let’s hypothesize, shall we?

Leaked DualShock 5 Prototype: Real or Fake?

As new rumors continue to roll in, the latest is a supposed look at the DualShock 5 alongside a PS5 dev kit. Take a look:

While it certainly looks convincing, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier commented on a ResetEra thread that his sources confirmed that the images are fake. Even so, the possibility of a touchscreen on the new controller is something we’ve discussed before.

Most gamers don’t like the sound of it because it could drain the battery. While that’s fair, the addition of a screen on the controller could really add to the gameplay if used properly. Some examples would be displaying your inventory, the mini-map, or even having characters communicate to you via the screen.

The Dreamcast was the first system to include a screen in it’s controller, but others like the Wii U have done so too. Time will tell what the final design holds, but for now we can confirm that this controller design is a fake.

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PS5 Dualshock 5 Controller

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DualShock 5 will be the first touch-based PlayStation controller

Back to speculation! Let’s imagine that Sony decides to really change things.The DualShock 5 may not have any buttons; rather, it could have touch-based buttons akin to a gamepad layout you may find in an iOS game. However, when you press a button on the DualShock 5, it is going to simulate the feedback that players feel whenever they press a button on a traditional controller.

For example, when you press ‘X’ to jump, the controller will provide a sensation into your thumb that makes it feel as if you are actually pressing the button due to the controller simulating the weight of the button and the mechanism that allows the button to be pressed. In a sense, the DualShock 5 simulates not only the controls of a gamepad, but also the depth in which we use the controls.

The DualShock 5 will keep the classic shape of the DualShock line, yet the area in which the controls lie will be one single screen. The controller’s screen automatically displays the current, traditional DualShock 5 layout whenever your PS5 is powered on, and if a game needs to use a specific controller layout (or add a new button altogether), you are notified via the controller before playing the game.

Learning more about what each button does is simple as well, as you can press the ‘Help’ icon in the top right corner of the controller at any time. To ensure players do not accidentally press this icon during gameplay, the ‘Help’ icon is only accessible when pressing the ‘Start’ button.

DualShock 5 charges itself via Wi-Fi

Guess what? As long as your PS5 has an active Wi-Fi connection, your DualShock 5 controllers will automatically charge themselves once they reach a certain threshold.

The charge of your controller can be accessed via a menu on the controller itself, and you can choose whether you want the controller to charge at a certain point during the night (e.g. you can have your controllers charge fully when you are asleep), or you can have them to charge in-game once they reach a certain percentage. What does this mean for you? You will never have to worry about your controller dying in the middle of a game ever again!

Smart-device integration

Don’t you hate it when you get a text message or a phone call while you’re playing a game? The DualShock 5 will be able to display your text message on the screen of your controller (or on the screen of your television – you can change the option in the menu), to which you can speak , it will type your message onto your smartphone. Say, ‘Send’ (or another custom phrase, you can change this is the settings), and the DualShock 5 will communicate with your smartphone and send the text message.

Alternatively, you can pause the game, read the text message on the DualShock 5’s screen, and text back on the device itself. In a sense, the DualShock 5 acts as a ‘middle man’ between your ‘smart’ devices and you.

What about a phone call? You can choose to take the call through your controller, to which you will be able to hear and speak with the caller by holding your controller. Don’t want everyone to hear your conversation? You can reroute the call to your headset device, to which you can speak with the caller using your preferred headset while you use the controller. In fact, if you are playing with a party on your PS5, you can actually have the caller speak to all of them in-game!

Don’t want your party to listen to your conversation? You can go into private mode and speak with your caller via the headset.

Want to stream music from your smartphone to your headset or even the external speaker of your controller? You can do this as well. The DualShock 5 will have an ‘external apps’ feature, which you can use certain apps on your mobile devices for use with the controller.

For example, if you want to listen to Pandora all day through your Turtle Beach headset but your iPad is in another room, you can allow the controller to communicate with the iPad and stream Pandora into your controller, which you can hear with your Turtle Beach headset.

Sharing is more powerful than ever

Sure, you can share your gameplay with others with the PS4, but with the PS5 you are going to be able to share your gameplay with literally any streaming service of your choice – simultaneously! In the settings menu of your DualShock 5 controller, you can state that your gameplay is streamed to any streaming site of your choice. For example, with one press of the ‘Share’ button, your gameplay can be streamed to Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Twitch, UStream, YouTube – and people from these sites can communicate with you in real-time!

The DualShock 5 will be able to stream comments from specific streaming websites to your mobile devices. For example, if you want to see comments from Facebook and Twitch, you can sync your mobile device to your PS5 controller and watch the comments stream straight to your mobile device. You can also comment via your voice or by typing on the mobile device itself.

In short, the DualShock 5 will be unique in that not only is it the first fully-virtual PlayStation controller, but it takes advantage of existing technology so you can have the best experience in gaming.

These are our DualShock 5 theories, but what are yours? What would you like to see in the new PlayStation DualShock 5? Share your thoughts below!

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Strange/weird/crazy As u can see the picture of the controller it doesn’t look right. On ps 4 controller it has many errors such as voice speaker,touchpad, low amount on using the controller, and the light bar. People ask other people how long ps4 controller can it run people say it runs 8 hours. If u want the controller to last longer make the controller design just like dualshock 3 let the controller compatible to run the audio headset, and wireless headset,no touchpad,no touch screen,no holographic emitte, no voice speaker(most people don’t use it at all), no light bar, and no… Read more »

Das
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Das

Sony, just go home.
I didn’t really enjoy the Dualshock 4, mostly because the build quality was awful and everybody knew it, and I was really hoping they’d pull their act together instead of making another remake of the original Dualshock, and they didn’t make a remake, they made a worse version.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dual Shock5
Nice work please add a typing keyboard in the touchscreen or make a keyboard at bottom of controller thanks

PhtmBolt
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PhtmBolt

Nonfunctional
If this works, it will be glorious.and awful at the same time. The touchpad replacing the buttons would be confusing, and the fact that it isn’t a wired controller means the controller may have lag significant enough to make some games nearly unplayable, much like the virtual console punch-out for the wii.

Yeet
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Yeet

Overestimating
People always think that the a new thing is gong to change everything e.g. when the iPhone 7 came out everyone thought it would have holographic display and everything. So don’t expect the dual shock 5 to have levitating buttons or a small holographic projector, expect an upgrade from the dual shock 4 but not to futuristic.

PS5 Controller Fan
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PS5 Controller Fan

PS5 Controller Fan
I love this PS5 controller guys, thanks!

Hello
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Hello

PS5 Controller
it suck ps4 is the best and even xbox suck

Herdie
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Herdie

PS5 with touch pad
I game on both PC and PS4 and after using the steam controller I find it to be a far superior controller. I suggest 1 of 2 things for sony. Make a touch pad controller with customization features, maybe a companion app on the system. Or make a companion app for the dualshock 4 controller for a better gaming experience. I’d really like some thoughts on the idea.

Anonymous
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Start getting real with these
Start getting real with these. I appreciate the hard work in these designs, but Holograms? Floating Consoles? Look, try to do one design that follows in the footsteps of the previous consoles. HINT HINT: NO FUTURISTIC TECH.

Yash
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Yash

Ps5
It is coming out in 2018 and it’s going to be awesome

LekanoX
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LekanoX

(2 Years later) It’s coming out in 2020 and it’s going to be Epic!

robert franklin
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robert franklin

no
the ps5 controller sould recharge itself
the dualshock 5 will win does anybody agree

awab
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awab

ps5 controller
its gonna be awesome cant wait

Deadman
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Deadman

Backwards compatibility
Backwards compatibility would be nice