Now that Sony revealed detailed specs for the upcoming Playstation 5, the electronics company has shared it’s newest gamepad and it’s a big change from past models.
The Dualshock controller has stayed almost the same for the past 25 years in both ergonomic design and button layout. With the Playstation 4, a touchpad and 2 additional share buttons were added for social media functionality. The Dualshock 5, releasing with the PS5 later this year, sports a completely new design, both in physical layout as well as color scheme, though the hardware remains mostly the same.
Normally this isn’t the sort of thing we care about too much, though the Dualshock 4 has proven to be one of the better gamepads for PC use. I’ve personally been an Xbox gamepad user over the years thanks to an easier-to-grip layout. Sony has clearly followed suit, and has also shifted to a more radical color scheme, which we approve of. It’s striking, so much so that the internet has spoke too.
Good news for PC Gamepad Gamers
As far as we’re concerned, the coolest bit of news pertaining to the Dualshock 5 is the microphone array. Sony barely mentioned it in it’s post on the controller, but SegmentNext points out that the array, along with several patents filed, can offer a number of unique features. Aside from using the Dualshock 5 as a microphone while gaming (perfect for anyone with headphones sans mic), it can differentiate user voices, block out background noise, and even work in tandem with other controllers if multiple players are sitting together.
As an Xbox gamepad die-hard, this news makes me want to switch. The Xbox 360, Xbox One, and even Pro controllers are great. But they’re nothing special. They have no features or qualities that are particularly redeeming. As solid gamepads, they do the job right. But we’re at a point where if you play with a gamepad, let’s throw some cool tech in there, especially for PC gaming.
Microsoft’s own announcement showed no serious improvements to their gamepad.
Originally reported by HotHardware