The new DualShock 5 controller has gone through an evolution of its own, being bestowed with features that make it fit enough to accompany PlayStation 5.
Last week, system architect Mark Cerny revealed how the DualShock 5 controller features new adaptive triggers that will offer varying levels of resistance for immersion. Whether you’re pulling an arrow on a bow or firing a machine gun in a trench, the tension in the adaptive triggers will differ in each case.
In addition, the DualShock 5 controller will boast haptic feedback but with a lot of improvements. Instead of the conventional rumbling motor, highly programmable voice-coil actuators will respond to every action for astonishing effects.
It just so happens that the DualShock 5 controller might possibly have some hidden features as well, or at least features that Sony is not ready to reveal yet.
According to a patent filing (via PlayFront) by Sony, players could be able to connect to the internet without connecting to PlayStation 5. Currently, players need to connect to a console as a waypoint in order to access PlayStation Now for example. Based on figures attached with the patent, Sony wants players to go online without needing (or turning on) PlayStation 5.
The idea is certainly interesting and a definite jump as far as accessibility is concerned. Google Stadia uses a similar approach as long as there’s a Chromecast nearby. Sony may as well make the DualShock 5 controller a gaming accessory for every household.
Do note that PlayStation 5 developers will have the freedom to tailor DualShock 5 controller around games. For example, the controller can be programmed to give a distinct sense of what it feels like running through grass or mud, or crashing a car into a wall, or tackling someone on the football field, or slipping on ice. Suffice to say, DualShock 5 will readily make DualShock 4 obsolete at launch. This may prove to be a larger next-generation jump than what many were assuming. Hopefully, Sony has priced both DualShock 5 and PlayStation 5 in a happy place, else finding a replacement controller will be pretty costly.
Last month, a Japanese journalist Zenji Nishikawa claimed that Sony might be releasing two PlayStation 5 models — a basic one with lighter specs and a premium one akin to the Pro. Sony is expected to do a full reveal, or at least a reveal of sorts, for PlayStation 5 at PlayStation Experience in December.
Keep your fingers crossed for a chance to see the next-generation console (and controller) for the first time.