PlayStation 5 Controller Features Haptic Feedback, Adaptive Triggers

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The PlayStation 5 appears to be leading the way for next-gen, not only for the system’s impressive set of specs but also for being the first to confirm an official release window. While fans will have little over a year to continue the tsunami of hype for the console, Sony has taken this opportunity to issue new information about their much-anticipated hardware launch–namely the all-new controller set to arrive alongside the console.

Revealed in an exclusive hardware rundown from WIRED, system architect Mark Cerny once again unveiled numerous new details about the console’s hardware, among the most discussed being the aforementioned controller. While stopping short of showing the device or calling it the “DualShock 5,” the peripheral was described as being similar in design to the current DualShock 4, save for a number of improvements that definitively push it into next-gen.

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One of the main inclusions were called ‘adaptive triggers,’ the feature offering “varying levels of resistance” to further immerse players in a given game. Based on what’s being presented on-screen–whether it be subtle actions such as pulling back a bow and arrow or more reactive situations like firing a machine gun–the triggers are able to respond and resist as if actually being interacted with by the player.

The new PlayStation 5 controller was also revealed as having advanced haptic technology, the peripheral able to dole out much more dynamic feedback than the previous method of dual rumble motors. Demonstrating the feature with driving title Gran Turismo Sport, WIRED made note of how varied each surface felt in comparison to traditional rumble; the outlet easily able to feel the difference between driving on smooth pavement and bumpy dirt.

In addition to these innovations, the controller is said to tout several more improvements such as an improved-quality speaker, a larger-capacity battery, as well as a USB Type-C charging port–the symmetrical connector eliminating all that pesky USB-flipping of the past. Other potential inclusions were said to be saved for a later date, leaving rumored features like a voice-powered digital assistant and the potential appearance of the PS5 off the table for the time being. “We’ll talk more about it another time,” Cerny said.

The PlayStation 5 is set to release Holiday 2020.

What do you think? Are you excited about the advanced controller on the way for the PlayStation 5, or will you need to see what it looks like first? What could it be called if not the DualShock 5? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.


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