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These new close-up photos of the PlayStation 5 DualSense show off some very quirky details on the next-gen controller.
Sony is yet to publish its own photos of the console and its accessories, excluding those sleek and swish promotional images we got when the product was revealed in June. So, peripherals company Evzen has taken matters into its own hands, very literally. As well as the tear-down of the DualSense which showed its inner hardware and how the parts fit together, they've also released close-up photos of the controller, and it's a stylish thing.
The triangle, square, circle, and cross buttons on the DualSense are clear plastic, and their surface appears to be totally smooth, with no grooves or dimples. This will presumably prevent the symbols from fading due to use, being protected in a cosy little dome. Evzen also shows how the controller will charge, and fortunately, it looks to be the identical USB port to the DualShock, so there's no need to shell out for a new cable.
Remember the July PS5 showcase, where Sony showed off the DualSense sitting in a pool of confetti in the shapes of the buttons? If you liked that then (I did), then you'll love the fact that this pattern is imprinted on what may be the back of the controller grips. Is it flashy? Yes. Is it functional? Sort of.
Demon's Souls, one of the PS5's launch titles, is bound to get gamers in a tizzy, battling behemothic bosses and praying that they don't lose their progress. A proper handle on the controller, in spite of sweaty palms, may be the difference between life and death. The DualSense gets that. So there's a cool confetti-like pattern to prevent anyone dropping the controller or missing a very important button press.
There's a similar starry pattern on the analogue sticks, with a dent for your thumbs to sit. Sony has been bigging up the power of the DualSense to deliver a new immersive experience while playing games, and developers have been experimenting with the features. For example, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will use haptic feedback to hint to players where the next attack is coming from, sort of like a Spidey sense. Arkane's first-person time-twisting shooter, Deathloop, will ensure each weapon feels different and will even block the triggers if the player's weapon jams.
The PlayStation 5 will launch on November 19. While you're here, there's an excellent PS Plus saving available right now which slashes the standard 12-month subscription price in half.
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