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The prospect of Sony providing a premium gamepad, possibly even known as one thing alongside the strains of the PS5 Pro or PS5 Elite controller, is definitely tantalizing. While the corporate hasn’t confirmed any such controller is on the horizon, it will definitely make sense for Sony to think about manufacturing a premium version of its progressive DualSense PS5 controller for many who need to ramp up their gaming expertise.
It’s a transfer Microsoft has already made, providing each the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and, its predecessor, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 for Xbox gamers who need a heftier, customizable different gamepad. So it is odd that we have not seen Sony dipping its toes within the premium controller pool – the closest we bought was the DualShock 4 again button attachment, which added an additional two mappable buttons to the PS4 controller.
But, whereas a premium PS5 gamepad should be a pipedream proper now, that hasn’t stopped us from contemplating what we might need from a Sony pro-standard controller that would permit it to rival Microsoft’s personal upgraded controller. Here’s our wishlist for a PS5 Pro controller.
Plenty of customization choices
One of the most effective components of Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the extent of customization it gives. Though the pro-standard controller has a premium worth to match (costing £159.99 / $179.99 / AU$249.95), you get loads of equipment that mean you can customise your controller together with analog sticks, again paddles and D-pads – you can merely pop off and substitute magnetically. You also can alter the stress of the gamepad’s triggers and the analog sticks.
What’s extra, you should utilize the Xbox app to customise the controller at a system stage, which lets you remap buttons (together with the again paddles) and configure all the things from stick sensitivity to vibration and brightness. You may even create multiple profile.
As we stated above, Sony got here near permitting customization of its DualShock 4 controller with the discharge of the again button attachment accent, which linked to the PS4 controller and added two mappable buttons. However, this accent is fiddly to make use of and does not supply wherever close to the extent of customization the Series 2 does – although it additionally did not price as a lot, at £25/$25.
With a pro-standard PS5 controller, we might like to see Sony take a leaf out of Microsoft’s e book, providing gamers again paddles, interchangeable sticks and buttons, in addition to loads of aesthetic and systemic customization choices. It would permit PlayStation gamers to have extra management over their gamepad consolation and providing those that really feel restricted by the button mapping the chance to tweak enter to their liking. While the DualSense is an excellent controller, one dimension does not all the time match all relating to gamepads.
Keep the most effective components of the DualSense – however ditch one factor
The DualSense controller has loads of unbelievable options that we would not need to lose with a pro-standard PlayStation gamepad. In specific, we might need to see the haptic suggestions and adaptive set off options within the premium model.
Haptic suggestions provides massively to gameplay immersion (when builders put it to use successfully), permitting gamers to really feel sensations from a sport via the controller itself. We’ve seen this function used brilliantly within the likes of Astro’s Playroom and Returnal, proving how nice controller capabilities can improve a gameplay expertise.
Likewise, adaptive triggers additionally go a good distance in bettering gameplay immersion, including palatable stress when pressed. So, for instance, whenever you draw a bow in a sport, you are feeling the stress of the string within the set off, making it really feel extra practical.
We could not see a world the place Sony ditched haptic suggestions and adaptive triggers in a pro-standard controller, nonetheless we might hope (reminiscent of our earlier level) that there could be customization choices for this which permits gamers to regulate how a lot stress they really feel within the triggers or how robust the haptic suggestions sensations are. The former could be notably useful for these with dexterity points.
But whereas the DualSense has some great options, there may be one which we wish to see improved: the built-in mic. The mic, whereas usable, simply is not something like placing on a gaming headset. Those who could be buying a premium PlayStation controller doubtless have their very own gaming headset anyway and can need a greater stage of in-game communication, particularly for on-line multiplayer. So, we are saying ditch the mic – or give it one hell of an improve.
An honest battery life and wi-fi charging
Perhaps the largest problem with the DualSense PS5 controller is its battery life, we frequently discover ourselves having to have a minimum of one on fixed charging standby. We would love Sony to implement an improve to the battery of a pro-standard controller and, taking a leaf from Microsoft’s e book, supply wi-fi charging too.
The Series 2 is available in a hefty carry case, with a wi-fi charger pack (that may also be wired) and a USB-C cable. It’s extraordinarily useful for many who prefer to take their controller out and about, permitting the controller to cost in its case with no want for an influence provide (so long as the charger pack is juiced first). If you do need to plug the charging pack in, there’s an choice to try this, however it simply means you do not have to hook it up with a cable or dock it in a charging station.
Sony may do one thing related, providing a (possibly lighter) carry case for the PS5 Pro controller to sit down snugly in, charging as you make your approach out of your good friend’s home again to yours.
A controller that works throughout generations
The largest problem with the DualSense, and a few earlier PlayStation controllers, is that it’s not backwards suitable. While that is considerably comprehensible, given the technological leap from PS4 to PS5, it is nonetheless a ache for many who have a group of DualShock 4 controllers sitting round.
With a pro-standard controller, cross-generation assist could be fairly vital, notably provided that this premium controller would doubtless have a reasonably hefty price ticket to associate with it (doubtless over $100), so you’ll hope it will be fairly future proof.
Comfortable and premium feeling
Perhaps an important factor we might anticipate from a pro-standard PlayStation controller is for it to really feel premium. That means greater high quality supplies, a extra polished, skilled look and possibly even an additional little bit of heft to make the gamepad really feel like a reduce above the usual providing.
And with this greater high quality really feel we additionally anticipate the next stage of consolation, maybe within the type of snug rubberized grips or higher ergonomics. Essentially we wish a controller that is snug for lengthy play classes that appears modern sufficient to make you stand out from the group.