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April 2020 Retro Gaming Article

April 8, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Stop the presses! The PS5 controller doesn't look like the last 4 Sony controllers - it's DualSense

If you get it right the first time... Don't fix it if it isn't broken... Welcome DualSense!
The Playstation 5 controller was revealed and it has a new look and a few new features. For a company that used a very similar controller scheme for the last four video game consoles, I wasn't expecting all this newness. It features haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, the "Share" button is now a "create" button, and a microphone that may let you ditch your headset.

Growing up with an Atari 2600 and their subsequent consoles, I was very accustomed to each new console having some crazy new type of controller. The Atari 5200 took the former one-button controller and gave us one with 19 buttons! So, I began thinking that the folks at Sony really need to expand their horizons... what's with the same controller each time? OK, they did make changes and add features, but it was pretty similar.

In addition to backward compatibility with PS4 games, it sounds as though the DualShock 4 controllers will work with the PS5 console. That's pretty cool since no one wants to buy another controller instantly just to play with a friend. I love the backwards compatibility PS4 games, but wish the former rumor of compatibility with all previous Playstation consoles was true. We need a new console for all those amazing PS2 games!

I'm excited for the PS5 and hopeful that the games will really be a leap forward in the experience a game console can deliver. I was happy with my PS3, and only upgraded to play newer games. Here's hoping the PS5 takes gaming to a new height.

PS5 DualSense controller The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.
PS5 DualSense controller The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.

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