Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Internet Reimagines the PS5 DualSense Controller

Yesterday, Sony surprised everyone by revealing the DualSense, PlayStation 5's new feature-rich controller. It's two-toned, slightly futuristic... and looks a bit like Mario's overalls if you can imagine it just right. Naturally, we've rounded up some of the best reimaginings people across the Internet came up with for your viewing pleasure, from the beautiful to the hilarious. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=playstation-5-dualsense-controller&captions=true"]

DualSense Redesigns

The DualSense design has a lot going for it — chief among them is its sort of "blank canvas" approach. While only a white model has been revealed, everyone with access to Photoshop seems to have put their twist on its look, and frankly, we want a lot of them to become a reality.   Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 9.57.36 AMElca Gaming's retro-inspired DualSense has us hearing PS1's startup sounds all over again. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.02.52 PMAll-black variations, like this one by Mucrush, quickly became a fan favorite, especially when paired with the classic PlayStation face button colors. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 10.56.39 AMReddit user u/badnewsco also tried their hand at some awesome classic PlayStation controller variations. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 10.59.12 AMThe DualSense is ripe for simple recoloring with its two-tone design, and Reddit user u/H4WK1NG's bright designs don't disappoint. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.13.45 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.14.27 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.15.06 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.15.40 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.16.09 AMFleshmonk had a whole lot of variations to share, from bold colors to neon Joy-Con to Knack. Just Knack. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.43.17 AMReddit user u/dormstreams made some Sony first-party mockups, including his takes on God of War, The Last of Us, Spider-Man, and Horizon Zero Dawn controllers. Maybe this is a glimpse at what limited edition DualSense controllers may end up like? [ignvideo url=""]

DualSense Kinda Looks Like...

The DualSense is a marked departure from the DualShock line of PlayStation controllers that came before it, as its design is decidedly fuller, its grips seemingly bulkier, and it's aesthetic Stormtrooper-adjacent. As expected, the Internet ran with these comparisons and went in some truly hilarious directions. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.51.33 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.54.32 AMJared Petty and Geoff Keighley both noted the aforementioned Stormtrooper comparison and, frankly, they're spot on. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.00.59 PMMike Ryan had a similar Star Wars connection here... Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.55.49 AMGod of War director Cory Barlog immediately noticed a similarity between the DualSense and Black Widow's all-white look. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.58.44 AMIGN's Dan Stapleton saw the controller and thought - yeah, that's EVE from WALL-E. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.16.06 PMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.17.43 PMOur own Brian Altano also had some comparisons to make: one a lovely homage to Mario's iconic overalls, the other a horrific depiction of Borat's mega-thong. Very nice. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.18.30 PMHONK! (2020) by u/Frocharocha. Art. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.42.45 PMIGN's Peer Schneider BMW comparison was accurate down to the blue accent. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.45.13 PMAlanah Pearce — you right.

Everything PS5 DualSense

[widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-evolution-of-the-playstation-controller&captions=true"] For even more on the DualSense, check out our breakdown of the evolution of the PlayStation controller, and our comprehensive chart that compares the DualSense and the Xbox Series X controller. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Colin Stevens is IGN's Social Media Copy Coordinator. Follow him on Twitter.


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