PS5 DualSense controller gets first hands-on demonstration from Geoff Keighley

Geoff Keighley got to demonstrate the features of the PS5’s DualSense controller with a short Astro’s Playroom demo.

Fans have been eager to get their hands on the PlayStation 5’s controller, the DualSense since its initial unveiling.

While we don’t know how much longer people will have to wait to try it out for themselves, The Games Awards host Geoff Keighley was able to provide a hands-on demonstration of it, using a short demo of Astro’s Playroom.

While brief, Keighley went over some of the controller’s features in slightly greater detail. For example, with the haptic triggers, he explains how you can feel tension when pressing down on it whilst he makes Astro jump about in a frog suit, tilting the controller to aim where he goes.

According to Keighley, the haptic feedback sounds like an evolution of previous controllers’ rumble feature, where the sensations you feel will vary depending on the in-game environment, so the feeling of sand will be different to the feeling of ice.

He also showed off a few examples of using the touchpad and microphone and both seem pretty responsive, with him sliding his finger across the pad to zip up a suit or blowing into the mic to spin a fan.

The controller emits sounds too, depending on certain situations, such as the sound of Astro’s footsteps in the snow or the sound of a sand stream as Astro walks through it.

In addition, Keighley has described the controller as having ‘a little more heftm in a good way’ and feeling only a tiny bit heavier than the PlayStation 4’s DualShock controller, but the difference is so slight it’s apparently barely noticeable.

While not a lot was shown, it sounds like Astro’s Playroom, which will be included as free software with every PlayStation 5, will be the perfect demonstration of the DualSense’s abilities and worth checking out.

Keighley also mentioned that the game isn’t just a short tech demo but a ‘multi-hour game.’

The PlayStation 5 is scheduled to launch this year in time for Christmas.

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