Sony Reveals The New PlayStation 5 Controller, Making Drastic Changes Over Predecessors

Sony Reveals The New PlayStation 5 Controller, Making Drastic Changes Over Predecessors
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As technology moves forward, the peripherals that go along with them does the same. With each new console comes a new controller, and Sony has revealed theirs for their upcoming console, the PlayStation 5.

The PlayStation 5 has had a few snags in public opinion recently. Not long ago we reported on rumors that were arising that the console was going to be technologically inferior compared to the competition, but it’s worth remembering that those rumors, despite being widely reported by a number of notable platforms, were begun by a random and unreliable YouTube comment.

Regardless of what the specs of the console might end up being, the controller is here! And it seems like PlayStation has definitely jumped forward with this new design, making a definite visible difference from its predecessors.

At first look, some of the changes are immediately visible – or rather, the changes make the controller harder to notice. The buttons and directional pad have been made clear, making them blend in easier. There are also sleek curves along the tops and handles to give a more refined look rather than the more geometric sectional look.

Comparing the new controller to a PS2 controller immediately illuminates the sectional circles for the pads, the strict regions for each group of buttons, and the straighter, more dominant handles. While its predecessors look like a machined controller put together from well-molded pieces, the new controller looks like a single piece carved out.

Some have applauded the lights around the touchpad as well, which helps it stick out without making it ostentatious. The circle pads are housed in the controller itself and can be pushed down for storage, it seems.

“We also took thoughtful consideration into ways to maintain a strong battery life for DualSense’s rechargeable battery,” Sony said, “and to lessen the weight of the controller as much as possible as new features were added.

That battery life comes up to… an unrevealed number, unfortunately. Sony insists that the controller will have a “strong” battery life but they haven’t given an estimated number of hours that one will be able to last without charging. The DualShock 4 for PlayStation 4 lasts about 4-8 hours depending on how hard it’s been used, whether it’s having multiple features used, and a few other things. Given that the DS4 was widely considered substandard in terms of battery life, one would assume that its next iteration would improve on this.

As the moths go on towards the PlayStation 5’s launch, we’ll likely have more to cover for the various peripherals joining it. Keep checking back for your information on the upcoming console generations!