The PS5 DualSense's New 360 Turnaround Makes Us Lament Its Lack of Back Paddles

The PS5 DualSense's New 360 Turnaround Makes Us Lament Its Lack of Back Paddles

Perhaps we'll see next-gen haptics and paddles living in harmony some day.

We've seen it in stills, we've seen it in Geoff Keighley's hands, but now we've got a real nice 360-degree look at the DualSense, the PlayStation 5's new controller. Today, Sony spruced up the official pages for the DualSense and three other new PS5 accessories to show off what they look like from the front, back, and sides.

This turnaround will still only get you so far in terms of understanding what it'll be like to hold the DualSense—and nowhere close for the feel of its very hyped haptics—but it's probably our clearest look at it yet. The smooth, almost featureless backside of the controller is also a reminder that it lacks any sort of rear buttons or paddles, which people were hoping for ahead of the official DualSense reveal because of a Sony patent filing.

Alas, unless Sony also releases a back button attachment for it, it seems folks who want adaptive triggers and paddle controls will be out of luck.

Another interesting thing to note is that there are no exposed screws on the backside, which suggests it may be a bit harder for amateur repair people or customizers to crack the DualSense open.

As for Sony's other official PS5 accessories, there are also new turnarounds for the HD camera, the media remote, and for the "PULSE 3D" headset that Sony says has been "specifically tuned" to take advantage of the console's new audio tech. As with controller haptics, headphone comfort and audio fidelity can't really be judged until you try them for yourself, but since Sony may ask for pictures of your ears to best calibrate the PS5's audio output down the road, you might want to consider an upgrade if you're rolling with cheap earbuds or the like.

So, now that we have a better idea of which PS4 accessories will work with the PS5 in which ways, we've also got a slightly better sense of how the new console's gear looks. As for when you can buy any of this, not so much. This week's State of Play presentation won't feature any big PS5 news, but there's reportedly another Sony presentation that's "tentatively" planned for later this month, where Sony could announce price point for the console and reveal when pre-orders will open.

PlayStation's head of global marketing Eric Lempel says there will be advance notice before PS5 pre-orders go live. While we all wait for that news, I'll be over here daydreaming about the paddle-equipped controller that could've been.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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