Summer Game Fest 2020: PS5 DualSense Controller Hands-On

Geoff Keighley had the opportunity to test the PS5 DualSense Controller during the Summer Game Fest 2020 stream.

When: July 17 at 12pm ET/ 9am PT

According to Geoff, the PS5 DualSense controller feels slightly heavier, and heftier than the PS4 DualShock controller.

You can listen to sounds from within the DualSense controller. At one point during the gameplay, Geoff blew air from his mouth into the controller to trigger an action in the game. What the hell?

It can detect different levels of input/pressure from your own breath?

When Geoff navigated through a sandstorm area, he could feel the environment’s tension through the controller, and sand noise through its speakers. You can listen to footsteps too.

With the adaptive triggers, you can move the controller sideways and the character you control in-game moves likewise.

The game will come with all PS5 consoles, free. It is the same demo given to game developers a few weeks ago to demonstrate the capabilities of the PS5 to given them an idea what they can do themselves with all the DualSense features.

Sony Revealed PS5 DualSense Wireless Game Controller

SONY has revealed details about the PS5 DualSense Wireless Game Controller. Among some of the features is the haptic feedback, the Create button, and the built-in microphone array.

iPhone and Android phone users experience haptic feedback constantly via vibrations. The technology allows a phone to vibrate while interacting with onscreen interfaces, and also while playing certain mobile games.

For example, you might be playing a car racing game, and you can feel the varying vibrations as you accelerate, decelerate, or encounter different types of road textures and terrain for an immersive gameplay experience that provides extra information through your touch senses.

The game controller features:

  • Adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons
  • Long rechargeable battery life
  • USB-C recharging port
  • Built-in microphone array (no headset necessary. headset optional)
  • Ergonomic design
  • Create Button (replaces Share)
  • Haptic feedback
  • Light-weight chasis.

The Create Button replaces the Share button. That implies that the DualSense does more than share gameplay videos and livestream video with social networks (such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc.)

You can learn more about the PlayStation 5 hardware specs in the article posted during the Sony livestream held on March 18th.

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