This is October 30th, which means that some retailers have already started selling PlayStation 5 accessories two weeks before the launch of the console. With today’s rapid investment in our local Best Buy, we were able to secure protection before one of Sony’s newest controllers had a chance to sell out. Since we do not have a PlayStation 5 device in our office, this means that we cannot check all the new features on the DualSense controller. So, instead, we want to take a moment to test this controller on other devices in the office to see if we can use this $69.99 controller, instead of stopping it on November 12 like a fancy paperweight Days before.
The first five-minute impression
DualSense still adopts a wider posture than the Xbox Series X controller, and has the characteristics of easy to grasp, when operating two analog joysticks at the same time, the user’s thumbs will not touch each other. As you can see in the detailed picture above, the grip texture of the handle is not as obvious as the pronunciation on the Xbox Series X handle, and you will not even notice its presence unless you accidentally scratch your nails or wedding ring on your nails . Both the d-pad and Face buttons have high gloss, but don’t let it fool you: these buttons have a polymer coating to help your fingers slip off. Both the trigger and the L1/R1 buttons have another simple grip that helps your fingers stay in place without slipping, but otherwise there is little resistance. When you pull down the R2, your fingers will grab the raised lips on the edge of the button, although the lips are not as obvious as the DualShock 4 controller. I am eager for the opportunity to check the tactile triggers and audio features on DualSense, but this must wait for the final retail PS5 hardware to get the full experience.
Unfortunately, I cannot recognize the PlayStation 4 as a controller using any USB Type-C cable in the office. Pairing via the standard Bluetooth method (“Create” button + “Home” button) will make DualSense be recognized as a qualified Bluetooth device and displayed as a “wireless controller”. Unfortunately, DualSense will not respond to any input after connecting.
This is my first successful DualSense controller platform. After pairing via Bluetooth, its response met my expectations. I can browse and open applications on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s home screen. PlayStation 4 remote playback will connect to my PlayStation 4 console, but like when I try to use it natively on the PS4 console, it will not respond. I can still use touch controls, so I know that the remote playback application can still respond.
Interestingly, this controller can be used for Xbox Game Pass streaming, and I was able to load Forza Horizon with minimal effort. Compared to what you might expect, the layout of the DualSense buttons is rather messy. With the bumper and trigger replaced, Square will act as the A button, Cross will act as the B button, and so on. However, “Forza Horizon 4” has a very generous remapping option. After changing the controls to what I expected the PlayStation layout to represent, I was able to play this streaming title without problems. Although it is not a plug-and-play function, I think it can be used for initial attempts of mobile phones. It only takes some time to reconfigure the controller to your liking.
This is where I experience similar results with Android phones: the controller will be paired with the PC (in this case, wired via USB Type-C) and be recognized as a “wireless controller”. Likewise, the buttons will rearrange strangely on the PC. When I load the Disc Room, the touchpad button will register as D-Pad Down. All buttons will light up in the controller configuration, and the blind zone is quite accurate. Jumping into Steam Big Picture and setting DualSense as a PlayStation 4 controller almost solved all these problems. I tried to use DualSense in Call of Duty Modern Warfare, but the controller was not recognized.
Long story short: The DualSense PlayStation 5 controller currently runs on a PC, but is prepared to spend some extra time configuring it to your liking (and registering the correct input). With low latency Bluetooth support on the DualSense controller, you can use this controller as both wired and wireless devices according to your personal preference.
PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller and other Sony-branded accessories will begin to enter retail channels before the console is launched next month. If you are in North America, you can buy the DualSense controller through major retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon, and ensure the safety of the controller before the console is activated. PlayStation 5 will be launched in North America, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia on November 12, and the interlaced game will be launched in other parts of the world on November 19.