The DualShock 5 Wishlist: Features and Changes Gamers Want

Controllers are the tools by which we interact with our games. Their design and function is just as important as the console itself. A great console with a bad controller will always be remembered as a bad console. Thankfully, Sony has never had too much trouble with their controller design. The original DualShock began life as a secondary controller for the PS1, and until the PS4, it remained largely the same. The DualShock 4 mixed things up, so will the PS5’s controller continue this trend? Let’s talk about what we, as gamers, want from the next PlayStation controller. The PS4 has been absolutely killing it this generation. It came out of the gate with plenty of features Sony knew gamers and developers wanted. Was it perfect? No, but it certainly started on a better foot than the Xbox One did. Sony has always had their finger on the pulse of the gaming industry. It was a bold move to change the controller design for the DualShock 4, and it mostly paid off. I personally like the PS4 controller better than past iterations, but it’s not perfect. So, how can Sony improve with the Dualshock 5? Here are 7 things gamers will be happy to see as part of the PS5’s controller setup: 7 Things Gamers Want to See From The DualShock 5 1. Touchscreen Instead of a Touchpad The addition of a touchpad on the DualShock 4 was an interesting change that makes it stand out from the DualShock 3 in a big way. While this touchpad works well, it hasn’t received a lot of use on the console since launch. Underutilized space? It acts as a separate button you can press (often to open maps in games), but the actual touch tracking has only been used sparingly. It feels like it should have been something more useful, like a touchscreen. The Wii U had a touchscreen on its controller, and so did the Sega Dreamcast. Both of these consoles didn’t realize their full potential, but they did have interesting mechanics with the touchscreen. Information like health, inventory, and even maps could be displayed here and prove far more useful than a touchpad that rarely sees any use. 2. A Design Lab Option For Custom Controllers One thing that Microsoft has done very well this generation, is offer a custom design option for people who want a unique controller. Microsoft’s Xbox Design Lab is an intuitive online platform that lets you create a custom controller with a huge variety of options. You can change the color of the front and back faceplates, along with the color of the buttons, the triggers, the bumpers, and even the analog sticks. If you want an engraving, you can have that too. Sony has released a good amount of color options for the DualShock 4, but I would love to see a platform like Design Lab for the DualShock 5. Sony could even take it one step further and allow gamers to place emblems … Read More

Playstation 5 Controllers

PS5 controller concepts by David Hansson. These DualShock 5 designs resemble the current controller, but they have some excellent new additions that could make your experiences feel more immersive. In the first picture, we can see the lights around the edge of the analog sticks. The second set of images offers a glimpse into a controller with a display across the surface. Imagine if the controller could change its color or texture to match the world of your game? Say you’re playing Destiny. The controller could display glowing lines across the seams or light up when your special is ready to be used. If you’re playing a game like Fallout, the screen could make the controller look like an old and rusted piece of metal on the surface. What do you think the next generation controller / Dualshock 5 will look like, and what features would you like to see on it?

PS5 and Dualshock 5

Beautiful PS5 renders by popular game console design artist Danny Haymond. These designs showcase a more subdued approach that resembles the PS4 slim design. The polished finish could potentially be a magnet for fingerprints, but I’ve preferred this finish over a matte finish. The DualShock 5 in these designs adopts a rounded screen in the center that could also double as a touch pad. A high-quality touch screen in the center of the controller could open up a lot of potential game mechanics such as health bars, maps, and plenty more. See the full PS5 Design here

PS5 Console and Controller by David Hanson

Amazing new PS5 design by David Hanson.This design showcases a potential DualShock 5 controller in the picture as well. The hexagonal lighting on the system would be a departure from the more subdued lighting that we’re used to seeing, but it looks striking in this concept design. Do you think the PS5 should have a design that departs drastically from what we’re used to, or should Sony stick to what works? What about the controllers, should they receive an overhaul? Let us know in the comments below! See all the renders of this PS5 Design here

Levitating PS5 Console with Touch Screen Dualshock 5 Controller

Our first image here highlights the unique design that a cloud-based platform offers.As you can see, there’s no disc drive or any bulky box-like shape to store hardware. Everything is streamed through the device which, as you can see, is both small and stylish. Some of the exciting technology this type of design could utilize includes quantum random access memory (or QRAM), and wireless fiber optic technology which is a far cry from your average Wi-Fi connection. The speeds on offer here will ensure that downloads and streaming happen seamlessly. Dynamic Haptic Sensitive Controller – Dualshock 5 Next up we have a look at an exciting concept for the PS5 controller. While the previous DualShock 4 is quite comfortable, the focus here with the Dualshock 5 will be on the ultimate ergonomic controller experience. In addition, the touchpad is switched out for a touchscreen. Developers will be able to use the touchscreen to display everything from radar, to health, to other creative concepts. Developers have already found interesting ways to use the DualShock 4’s touchpad and light bar, so imagine that kind of innovation on a touchscreen with the capabilities that offers. Dualshock 5 Features The touch screen on the controller will be seamlessly integrated into the design of it, so they won’t need to modify the controller to accommodate it (looking at you Sega Dreamcast). The touchscreen will also incorporate contextual buttons that can utilized by developers to add another layer of interaction. DualShock 4 controllers have the benefit of rechargeable batteries, but the PS5 controller will take this to the next level. With options for Wireless charging and induction charging on a pad, you’ll be able to quickly and easily recharge the controller when it gets low. Additional Dualshock 5 Features Additional options we can expect to see will be influenced by Microsoft’s push for elite controllers that have a lot of customization options. For example, the sensitivity of the triggers and buttons will be adjustable in some sort of app on the PS5. Furthermore, the analog sticks will have an adjustable height to them for added precision. In addition, there will be adjustment options for the D-pad. The standard shape will be there, along with an option to give the directions an angled shape for better ergonomics. PS5 Gaming Console As you can see from the image, the PS5 console seems as if it’s floating. This is possible through quantum levitation which is something we’ve done today with various objects. The blue lights across the sphere will also act as spatial sensors that can be used with PlayStation VR to analyze your placement in the room. The color of the sphere’s lights will also indicate different things like updates, patches, and messages. While the voice integration of the PlayStation Camera was fairly simple, the PS5 will be able to understand more complex phrases and commands as well. Watch the video: What do you think of these designs? What technology would you like to see in the PS5? … Read More

DualShock 5 – PS5 Controller

What to Expect from Sony’s DualShock 5 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 In November of 2019, we’ve had not one but two new patents surface regarding controllers. While one of them (detailed below) is pretty much what we expected, this latest one is a head-scratcher. Take a look: Once again, LetsGoDigital has come through with a breakdown of the patent from Sony. Don’t be terrified by the look of the design here, the consensus is that this patent is more about the technology they could put into their future controllers than the actually look and feel of them. The patent discusses an ability to connect to multiple devices via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, along with the ability to transfer data across these connections. The presence of a screen also hints at some sort of portability or remote play angle. Additionally, the patent goes into specific geographical capabilities, such as showing you directions. Surprisingly it also has information on a fingerprint sensor and heart-rate monitor. Taking all of that in, I can’t tell if this patent is for a controller or PlayStation’s version of a Fitbit. As I mentioned earlier, it’s likely that this is a patent that secures some new technology concepts and how they could be incorporated into a controller’s design. Let’s move on to something a little more familiar, shall we? In November of 2019, a patent surfaced that many believe to be the basic design of the DualShock 5. Here’s a look with a comparison to the DS4 design on the right: Looking at this patent, the DualShock 5 design looks quite similar to the current layout. I halfway expected this, but there are some key differences: The touchpad is larger in the left design (The DualShock 5) The lightbar seems to be gone entirely There arfe new inputs on the bottom of the controller between the analog sticks The controller seems larger overall, with more pronounced triggers Now, we did hear that the DS5 would be larger than the prior version, but that it would still weigh less than an Xbox One controller. Personally, I think a bulkier design would make the controller more comfortable. And, of course, there’s the matter of new features that Sony has already confirmed. 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. … Read More