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What to Expect from Sony’s DualShock 5

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With the PlayStation 4’s end on the horizon the focus is shifting to the PS5. With a new console generation upon us, it’s enough to make a person wonder exactly what the next controller 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. We recently saw our first details on some of the new features we can expect, but let’s see what is confirmed and spend a little time imagining the possibilities while we wait.

The First DualShock 5 Details Surface

We all recall when Wired magazine broke the news earlier in 2019 that Sony was working on a next-generation console. Well, they are back again with a new post that came out October 8th, 2019.

In this post, Mark Cerny and Sony revealed new details, including confirmation it’s called the PlayStation 5 and it’s coming holiday 2020. As part of this reveal, new details about the next generation controller came to light as well:

  • The triggers will have variable resistance, which allows developers to simulate the feel of something like pulling back an arrow in a bow. This also could affect how it feels to shoot different types of guns.
  • Programmable voice-coil actuators in the handles provide haptic feedback far beyond what traditional rumble offers. This will allow you to feel different surfaces in driving games. Combined with a higher quality speaker, it can also help you feel surfaces like mud, sand, or water when you’re moving through the game world.
  • USB-C charging is the new type of connection, with a longer battery life as well. The controller will be heavier, but not as heavy as an Xbox One controller with batteries, according to Sony

As part of the demonstration, the author of the post asked Sony about recent patents, like the one we reported on suggesting PS5 could have a voice assistant feature. Sony declined to comment, saying that patents are sometimes used in products or not.

Cloudy, With a Chance of Gaming

Among the new DualShock 5 details, patents have been coming along at a steady clip throughout 2019. While they are no guarantee of any developments, they provide great fodder for speculation.

In early October, a German website called Techtastic, spotted a new patent for “a controller device for user interactivity with a server of a cloud gaming system.”

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The concept is a controller that sends signals to a remote server and essentially controls a game remotely and ideally without lag of any kind. Now, there’s always a chance that this would be exclusively a PlayStation Now controller, and something Sony sells aside from the PS5. This would make it more like a Google Stadia competitor than anything.

The idea isn’t too far-fetched, especially when you consider the fact that Sony recently changed their PS Now pricing to include more affordable rates and a free trial for new members. Thanks to the success of Xbox’s Game Pass, it’s clear Sony wants a piece of that subscription pie.

All of that is fine with me, so long as we get our normal controller on the PS5, crazy haptic feedback and all.

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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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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Cameron
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Cameron

You chould be able to use the ps4 controller on ps5. But they should make a ps5 controller still.

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

robert franklin
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robert franklin

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

SERJ
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SERJ

As in ps4, you only need to make an intelligent, programmable TV power button on the controller and everything will be very good.

someguy216
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someguy216

2020 November is the speculated date

Adonis
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Adonis

I would like to see the Screenshot of Share Play in the PS5 Controller only its vital and practical for all Playstation gamers worldwide!!

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.

Deadman
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Deadman

Backwards compatibility
Backwards compatibility would be nice

Justin
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Justin

The controller comes to the ps5 system. But how much controllers cost when buying the controllers $40 or $60 or $100?

John
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John

I believe there will be a docking accessory for mobile phones and an accompanying app as mobile gaming is the biggest market so they might do this to bring them over

Leezy
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I would keep it the same controller design like ps4. Have touch screen pad. Charger plug same and WiFi optional to charge your controller. Longer battery life.

someguy216
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someguy216

I can’t believe it haptic holographic emitters are possible like that

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.

Tom
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Tom

Love it
This is simply the best controller ever!

billy
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billy

p s5 controler
It will not be weird it will be the best

Adonis
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Adonis

I would like to see a screenshots feature in the the PS5 DuelShock 5 controller like the PS4 controller had with Play Share of the PS4 console definetly without a doubt.

Samurninsai
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Samurninsai

Dual Shock 5 and Dual Shock 5 smart, sold separately. Still want a PS5 put into a TV, then sell it as PS TV. Unlock the PS5 as a surprise announcement, with the set top console release and launch titles. PlayStation surround sound, with wireless open around the ear headphones. And a Tegra based AI computer, also used for PSP smart.

Samurninsai
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Samurninsai

Looking at all the controllers, I though of something. D’pad is pretty close to the same in every version. Though what if, on each direction there was a arc meet each direction half way. That way 8 way button presses would be easier, by pressing the arcing area between the directions. You could leave the area between the center and each direction hollow or plain. It’s look almost like a arrow or special effect fire ball, coming from the center of the D’pad for style points.

A person
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I can’t wait for this release. Will headsets be plug-in cause i have a lvl 4 headset that I like.

Samurninsai
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Samurninsai

I posted about the controller in Specs. Though here I also want to say, out of the box PlayStation could offer something like FragFX. This means a nunchuck style controller, with the optional mouse. Make each side of the controller as they are now, add a grip button to each side, add a trigger to each side like the Razer Raiju has and there’ll even be space for a additional trigger below the first two though that maybe to much for PlayStation. Maybe consider a connector, players can connect each side of the controller to, when not using the mouse.… Read more »

LekanoX
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LekanoX

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