PLAYSTATION has created a brand new type of controller for its next-gen console: DualSense.
The new PS5 joypad uses a technology called “haptic” feedback to create brand new sensations – and we’ve got all the details.
Sony’s DualSense gaming pad is like no other PlayStation controller.
That’s because it features advanced “haptic” feedback, which lets you “feel” the game.
The term “haptic” literally means “relating to touch”, and so it’s about providing better touch feedback to your hands.
This replaces the rumble technology typically found in joypads.
There are more vibrating motors in your controller (including the triggers and joysticks).
It gives the DualSense what PlayStation calls “a broader range of feedback”.
“Crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field,” said PlayStation boss Jim Ryan.
“You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.”
The new controller will also feature adaptive triggers – technology built into the L2 and R2 trigger buttons.
Developers will be able to program the resistance of these triggers so you can feel the “tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow”, for instance.
PlayStation exclusive Astro’s Playroom is one of the first games to feature that new haptic technology.
The PlayStation 5, or PS5, is Sony’s next-gen console.
It’s the successor to the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and will be available in two distinct versions.
The console will be out in time for Christmas 2020 with an impressive roster of launch games.
And it’ll be going head-to-head with Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox consoles.
The PS5 release date has been set for November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stands for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
In the UK, you won’t be able to get it until November 19.
The PS5 proper will cost £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at $399/£359.
So how does that compare to the PS5’s biggest rival, the Xbox?
Microsoft’s pair of next-gen consoles will be out a little earlier, landing on November 10.
The cheaper disc-free Xbox Series S will cost £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
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