- The DualSense controllers have been one of PS5s most significant selling points.
- Some gamers have accused the features of merely being a gimmick.
- If the controllers work as well as Sony claims, they could change the way we play video games.
Sony has made a big deal out of the PS5s new DualSense controllers. Not only where these controllers a big talking point during the reveal event, but theyve been the focus of the consoles first major advertising campaign as well.
The PlayStation 5 will only work with the DualSense controller for next-gen games, so itll have to stand out. | Source: PlayStation
DualSense has been accused of being a gimmick by some, but if anything, this amount of power being put behind it shows that itll have some real functionality behind it.
If The Claims Are True DualSense Could Change How We Play Games
Since the PS5s new DualSense controller was revealed, weve been filled in on a few of the details of how itll work. The haptic feedback allows the controller to emulate everything from different weapon recoils to the feeling of being punched supposedly.
The news of how the adaptive triggers would be used received a variety of reactions online. | Source: Twitter
As well as the haptic feedback, the DualSense featured adaptive triggers that can increase or decrease resistance as you use them. An excellent example of the sort of thing its possible to emulate would be the pulling and firing of a bowstring.
Marvels Spider-Man: Miles Morales creative director Brian Horton revealed:
The haptic feedback precision allows us to do all sorts of new things. In Marvels Spider-Man: Miles Morales, well be hinting to players which direction attacks are coming from by providing haptic feedback from the appropriate direction on the DualSense wireless controller.
What does it feel like to use Miless stealth ability? How does a Venom Blast feel? Because of the high resolution of DualSense wireless controllers haptics system, we can really push the dimensionality of the feedback.
For instance, as you hold down Square to do a Venom Punch, you feel Spider-Mans bio-electricity crackle across from the left side of the controller, culminating in the right side on impact.
Dinga Bakaba, director of Deathloop a hotly-anticipated FPS game that will also be available on PC, revealed how the game mechanics will go a step further in locking the trigger altogether.
One I like is blocking the triggers when your weapon jams, to give to the player an immediate feedback even before the animation plays out, which prompts the player in a physical way that they have to unjam their gun.
In the first major TV spot for the PS5, a lot of focus was given to how the DualSense controller helps the player to feel the game. Watch the video below:
That Doesnt Mean PS5s New Controllers Wont Have Problems.
As exciting and groundbreaking as the PS5 DualSense controllers are, they still have some potential issues. We have no idea right now how long these controls last, both from a battery perspective, and just their overall lifespan.
The DualSenses new features could make it a more complicated periphery to fix. | Source: Twitter
With all that fancy tech, theyre probably going to be expensive to replace. If haptics or adaptive triggers cause breakages at any point, its going to mean shelling out a lot of money to fix. DualShock 4 controllers wont work on newer games, and all that tech has to get power from somewhere so battery life might take a hit too.
The final and most significant potential issue for PS5s killer feature is how well its going to be implemented. Is it easy for developers to access and program these features? Do they add a level of immersion to games that weve never experienced before? In the end, DualSense needs to a unique proposition for PlayStation fans.
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