The DualSense 5, Sony’s new wireless controller for the PlayStation 5, will set you back $69.99, Sony announced Wednesday. That’s $10 more than Sony’s previous gamepad, the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4.
Sony also gave details for pricing on the other PS5 peripherals that will be available at launch, including a new headset and media remote.
The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset will cost $99.99, and will be fully compatible with Sony’s brand of positional 3D audio for the PS5. There is also the HD Camera, with dual 1080p lenses designed for broadcasting, at $59.99. The PS5 Media Remote, which allows users to navigate streaming services and media playback on the next-generation console, will cost $29.99. Finally, there’s the DualSense Charging Station for $29.99. It will allow users to charge two DualSense controllers at a time, aligned front-to-back on a flat surface.
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The DualSense controller differs from the DualShock 4 in a number of ways. It’s motion-sensing, of course, but it’s also got haptic feedback. The DualSense will be able to provide force feedback to the individual triggers themselves. Imagine drawing a bow and feeling the tension in the line, or applying the gas and brakes in a racing game and feeling the terrain beneath your vehicle.
The PS5 controller will also come with a built-in microphone array and a new Create button, which replaces the Share button on the DualShock 4.
This time around, all eyes will be on the quality of the controllers. The DualShock 4 was prone to defect at launch, with rubber thumbstick covers that wore out prematurely. The nonreplaceable lithium-ion batteries also wore out quickly, reducing their effectiveness after a few years. These shortcoming gave rise to a cottage industry of aftermarket mods, including metal thumbsticks and more powerful batteries.
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Note that the controllers that you used for your PlayStation 4 won’t be fully compatible with the PS5. In August, Sony announced that while you’ll be able to play current-generation titles with a DualShock 4, you’ll need a DualSense in order to play native PS5 games. The same rules don’t apply to officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, however — all the existing models should work fine.
The PlayStation 5 will launch Nov. 12 with two versions, one with an optical drive ($499.99) and one without ($399.99). Called the PS5 Digital Edition, it’s the first console in Sony history to launch without a disc drive.
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