First look at PlayStation 5 controller has been revealed by Sony
It looks like we've got our first official look at the PlayStation 5 pad.
The controller, which will seemingly be called the DualShock 5 , has been published by the Japanese patent office , so we're pretty confident in these images being legitimate (hat-tip to VGC ).
The patent was filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and has pretty much all the hallmarks of a proper Sony document.
This is our first ever look at the pad – and it's strikingly similar to the DualShock 4, though there are a few key differences.
According to the patent, one big change from PS4 to PS5 pad is the inclusion of "adaptive triggers."
Sony suggests that these newfangled shoulder buttons offer incremental levels of resistance to make different actions in games (pulling triggers, notching arrows, driving cars) feel different.
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The controller pictured in the document seems to have larger triggers, slightly analogue sticks, and a USB connection – though the light bar that was included in the PS pad to work with the PS Camera has seemingly been scrapped.
There is also a microphone included in the new pad, so you can likely expect more games on the next-generation of hardware to have voice commands and sound-based mechanics.
Sony could also be targeting one key Stadia feature that it wants PlayStation to keep pace with by including this in the controller – the 'Guide' functionality that will help players figure out trickier parts of games.
The pad will also have a speaker in it, so if you thought Death Stranding's gurgling baby was the last you heard of your controller talking to you, think again – looks like Sony is doubling down on that gimmick next-gen, too.
In fact, in an article about the PlayStation 5 and its potential features, Wired even notes that the speaker can achieve "astonishing effects" when paired with other mechanical tools.
Hideo Kojima, eat your heart out.
Realism and immersion is the name of the game for Sony next-gen.
"One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion," noted Sony on its blog earlier in the year.
"To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles.
"With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud," explains PlayStation President and CEO, Jim Ryan.
These patents reinforce these comments, and show us what Sony is gunning for on the PlayStation 5 (which is targeting a Holiday 2020 release date).
Expect to hear more about this pad – and maybe even see one in the flesh! – soon.
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