Nothing interrupts a good gaming session like when your controller runs out of juice. If you get this low battery warning, get up and look for your second controller (assuming it’s charged) or hold it off and hope you can finish your mission / level / whatever before the controller dies? Even if you have a second controller loaded, you have to go through the tedious process of switching over. Yeah, I know, I know, first world problems, but still … it̵
Sony has patented a new system for switching when the battery is low (thanks to Respawn First for the find) that will likely be a feature of the PS5’s new DualSense controller. Basically, when you get that dreaded low battery warning, you have the option of instantly and seamlessly switching to a second controller. Below is a diagram of the system.
Again, this isn’t a big deal, but as someone who hates switching controllers, I definitely appreciate the thought Sony brings in here. That said, the DualSense will hopefully charge less frequently than the DualShock 4, as the PS5 controller supposedly lasts around 3 to 4 hours longer than the PS4 controller. Sony will also sell an official DualSense charging station from the start, so the entire charging process of the controller should be less tested. Not up to date on the PS5’s DualSense controller? Here is an overview of the new functions:
- Haptic feedback – Feel physically responsive to your actions in the game with two actuators that replace traditional rumble motors. In your hands, these dynamic vibrations can simulate the feel of anything from environments to the recoil of various weapons.
- Adaptive triggers – Experience different forces and tensions as you interact with your equipment and surroundings in the game. Feel physically connected to your on-screen actions, from pulling back an ever-tightening tendon to braking a fast-moving car.
- Built-in microphone and headset jack – Chat with friends online3 using the built-in microphone or by connecting a headset to the 3.5 mm jack. Easily turn off voice recording with the dedicated mute button.
- “Create” button – Capture and broadcast your most epic gaming moments with the “Create” button. Building on the success of the groundbreaking SHARE button, “create” offers players more options to produce game content and broadcast their adventures live to the world.
The PlayStation 5 and the DualSense controller don’t have a release date yet, but are expected to be released in mid to late November.