As you might have heard, Sony has lifted the lid on its new 'DualSense' controller for the PlayStation 5. It's got a bunch of fancy features that you can read all about over on our sister site Push Square, but it's the colour and shape of this new design that's been turning heads – arguably for all the wrong reasons.
Not long after the reveal, social media lit up - with many within the video community making some hilarious comparisons to Microsoft's white Xbox One controller that originally shipped with the Xbox One S model in 2016. It's actually got to the point now where 'Xbox Controller' is trending on Twitter. Yep, we're not joking – there have been more than 48k tweets at the time of writing about Microsoft's gamepad.
While we definitely find social media's reaction amusing, we do have some sympathy for Sony right now. As you might recall, not long ago after the Xbox Series X was officially unveiled, people began comparing the new hardware to a modern refrigerator and even a tall version of the Nintendo GameCube.
Fortunately, when it comes to Xbox's next-generation controller, it's more of the same – but it does have some slight improvements including a new share button, and the D-Pad has been lifted from the Elite Xbox One Controller. The most controversial thing about it is the fact it will still require AA batteries.
So what do you think of Sony's PS5 gamepad? Can you see the resemblance to the white Xbox One controller? Share your thoughts below.
Not a fan of the look of the PS5 controller. I will give them credit for trying something different, I guess.
I like the Xbox controller best, obviously. I hated the PS3 controller when I had one. It was too small and light. The Xbox controller just feels right.
Hot take: the symmetrical sticks and internal battery still makes it better. . .
I don't like the DualShock 4 because it's not comfortable for long sessions because of the shape and layout. The Xbox controller is much better. I find funny that on PS4 it has a speaker like the Wii Remote and that on PS5 it has a microphone instead. And also that after Nintendo and Microsoft accepted the Share button Sony changed its name to Create. Create what?
By the way, will PS5 look like Xbox One S? Can't wait.
I'd say I'm surprised they added HD rumble, but I'm not. Sony have a history of taking Nintendos ideas.
And design wise it doesn't look more comfortable than the Xbox controller. Maybe it will feel amazing? Regardless, they never actually gave a figure on the battery life. Hopefully it will be better than the current one, which is horrendous.
I do actually like the look of it tho
@SuperNintendoMii I worry about the boarder LEDs draining the batteries again, don’t understand why Sony keeps putting them on their controllers as they serve no purpose.
@Corum I guess they need the light for PS VR 2?
At least let us turn them off this time. Outside of VR it's not used
I almost bought a ps4 for the JRPGs this winter, but the controller was so uncomfortable I decided not to.
This controller looks like it will be more comfortable, but it's ugly.
It doesn't bode well for the look of the console.
Looks terrific but I definitely see the similarly to the Xbone pad.
@Bobarino especially with those jrpgs hitting Xbox and of, save for what, persona 5? No need to throw $300 away when you could play em on superior hardware with a superior controller!
@SuperNintendoMii Outside VR, the LED bar is used to see a LED light reflected on the TV and to drain the battery. I don't understand why it can't be turned off, it's just a gimmick.
@BlueOcean exactly. I'm glad the DualSense doesn't have a big light bar across the top, but certainly I hope we can turn it off. I get its needed for VR but for everything else it's an irritation
@SuperNintendoMii The first game I played on PS4 was Tomb Raider 2013. In the beginning I thought, How cool it's red when health is low and green when health is fine kind of Resident Evil but on the controller but after one hour is just a gimmick and annoying to see it reflected on the TV. Also the controller battery is almost dead now.
Aren't all batteries internal, though? 😒
I much prefer the joystick placement of the Xbox One and Switch Pro Controllers. I don't understand what everyone's beef is with the Xbox One Controller giving you the flexibility to power your controller however you want. I have piles of rechargeable batteries at the ready that I can swap out whenever I want on my Xbox One Controllers. Much better than having to always remember to charge my built-in controllers.
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