Fans Think the New PlayStation 5 DualSense Looks Like an Xbox Controller

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Sony offered a first look at the new PlayStation5 controller, prompting fans to share their mutual suspicions. 🤔

Shortly after PlayStation unveiled the design for their PlayStation 5 DualSense controller late Tuesday, the comments from excited gamers started to pour in online.

With a strikingly similar wide-body shape, the one common sentiment was that the DualSense looks a lot like an Xbox controller.

According to Sony, the new controller will keep "much of what gamers love about DualShock 4 intact, while also adding new functionality and refining the design."

They cycled through "several concepts and hundreds of mockups over the last few years" before arriving at this final design, which aligned with the comfort level the company wanted.

Similar to controllers for other PlayStation generations, the PS4's DualShock 4 was skinner and more nimble in comparison to DualSense. With a beefed up grip and rounded curvature, though, DualSense more closely resembles an Xbox One controller.

“DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5," Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said in a statement.

Other design elements include a two-toned color scheme and a light bar that sits on either side of the touch pad.

While the general look of the controller is comparable to Xbox, the controller's capabilities remain unique.

Most notably, DualSense will "bring a sense of touch to PS5 gameplay" through technology like haptic feedback. This feedback will add "a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud."


Adaptive triggers within the L2 and R2 buttons will enable players to "feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow."

DualSense will also have a built-in microphone array allowing players to easily chat with friends, even if they don't own a headset, as well as a new "Create" button replacing the previous "Share" button.

Sony's PlayStation 5 is due to release during Holiday 2020, around the same time that Microsoft's Xbox Series X will be available.

You can scroll through some of the best fan reactions to the controller announcement below. 😂