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Recently, I’ve begun to notice that everyone is repeating the same phrase: “nothing will be the same now”. I have no doubt that it’s the coronavirus outbreak compelling people to say such words. However, life is not a calm and motionless lake, it is an unstoppable stream of water – a symbol of change, and to reiterate the point, recently Sony has revealed their new controller for the PlayStation 5. It’s now my own personal symbol of change. 

There aren’t even any decent guesses on how the new Sony PlayStation 5 will look, but we are blessed by the saints to get a sighting of the design for the new controller – the DualSense – which, to my mind, could feature on the front page of some aesthetics magazine, Esquire maybe? It’s the first time in over 25 years of PlayStation history that the controller has changed. According to other media platforms, such as The Verge and Digital Trends, the DualSense is considered to be the best Sony controller yet, and the outstanding design and meditative colors are not the only things to take our collective breath away.

Image credit: gamesradar.com

Console makers provide us with better immersion into the gaming process, faster load times, and beautiful design, as well as a new philosophy that comes out head and shoulders above all other considerations. Sony is promoting the philosophy of complete engagement, where the DualSense acts like a red thread connecting players’ hearts with the game itself. The controller isn’t a third-party instrument anymore, it’s a part of the game. Unlike the DualShock controller, the DualSense is packed with adaptive triggers that can help “feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain,” Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan explains.

In a world of general availability and free communication, Sony had a chance to analyze people’s feedback and then negotiate with game developers. All of which has helped them to keep much of the good stuff in the DualShock 4. However, there are even more new things, such as haptic feedback which targets your sensations during the game. In easy words, when you want to draw a bow to shoot an arrow, you can feel the tension while pressing L2 and R2, as they are incorporated in them.

On the DualSense, you won’t see the “Share” button. I’ve finally mentioned it after two years of playing. But the button doesn’t vanish without a trace, in its place we will have the “Create” button instead. Which is logical, considering the fact that you are ‘creating’ screenshots and gameplay to share with the world. So, the emphasis is placed on creating and you, as a creator, can share your results in the end.

Plus, the DualSense will be equipped with a microphone array, which connects to a special headset you’ll need, so the players can effortlessly connect in conversation without interrupting the gaming process.

Color differentiation has chosen its own path too and left us with a non-traditional variant. Previously, the original DualShock 4 was monochrome and came in two variants: black and white. The DualSense has a two-tone design which, with the help of a light bar, looks like the cyberpunk robot Eve from Wall-e. 

Moreover, thanks to @DormStream, we can imagine what it will look like, but in limited versions.

Wrapping up

The DualSense is not much of a giveaway, but at least we can imagine which direction Sony has chosen to travel in, design-wise. According to their philosophy, they are doing good things.

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