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DualSense Pro? Sony to unveil new PlayStation 5 Pro controller soon: report

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According to a new report, the PlayStation 5 could soon get a professional controller from Sony — a DualSense Pro, if you — similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Elite wireless controller. Like the Xbox Elite joystick, it will sport a trigger stop, rear button/flappy pedals, and removable analog sticks. DualSense Pro – I’m just going to call it that – will also offer a “software upgrade,” though that doesn’t make sense. The Xbox Elite controller can be customized through the Xbox app on the console. It’s being referred to internally as the PS5 Pro Controller—codenamed “Hunt”—but it’s unlikely to last, as Sony hasn’t named the controller after the console since 1994.

Serial tipster Tom Henderson, writing for Try Hard Guides, brings word of DualSense Pro into the works for PlayStation, claiming he’s seen photos of alleged PS5 Pro controller prototypes, but was allowed to publish them by the sender of the images. Wasn’t. According to the photos, DualSense Pro retains the “classic” [DualSense] Style”. A person familiar with the matter also indicated that the DualSense Pro will launch “soon. Per Henderson, that could be by the end of June, as other sources have claimed Sony later this month”. Many new bits of hardware to be unveiled”.

If the DualSense Pro is indeed real, then Sony is clearly emulating Microsoft here. However, its implementation is not exactly the same, if the report is to be believed. For example, the removable analog sticks on the DualSense Pro have a button on the bottom that allows you to “completely remove the analog sticks and their components.” On the Xbox Elite controller, only the top half of the analog stick is removable, so you can replace it with a new one. The PS5 Pro controller’s removable analog sticks should ease the fear of stick drift noted on DualSense, though it’s no remedy for those already paying the price.

On the back of the controller, the trigger stops and the buttons/flappy pedals on the rear are especially helpful for professional users and esports players. The trigger stops, reducing the range of the trigger buttons, allowing them to quickly reach from zero to a full press. In some sports, it can be a kill-or-kill difference. As for the rear buttons, the flappy paddle – usually made available as an optional attachment on the back of a professional controller – allows gamers to reassign some buttons. That way, you can use your index, middle and/or ring fingers to hit those back buttons, instead of needing to move your thumb and hit the front buttons. It’s all about saving those crucial milliseconds.

The DualSense Pro is expected to launch soon, possibly later in June. It will be interesting to see if Sony brings it to India – and how it will cost against the current Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which is priced at Rs. 14,999.


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