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You’ve probably heard by now that the PS5 and Xbox Series X are both going to be built around similar hardware. Thus, Sony and Microsoft have made a concerted effort to differentiate the console experiences for both. This can be seen in the features they’re shipping their controllers with. Here’s a comparison of the packaged controllers for the console giants.
DualSense PlayStation 5 Controller
Sony has long been known for the value it places on immersive gaming experiences. With the DualSense’s recently released list of features, we’re seeing them keep up that tradition.
That being said, the DualSense is shaping up to be a product befitting its name. This is thanks to two new features on the DualSense: haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
With haptic feedback, players will have access to a greater variety of sensations when they play. In other words, it’s set to be HD rumble dialed up to 11. Adaptive triggers on the other hand are designed to offer variable levels of resistance when pushing the L2 and R2 buttons.
With these features, gaming on the PS5 will introduce a new layer of touch-based immersion when gaming.
Aside from these, the DualSense will also ship with a built-in microphone and headphone jack. With these communication features, the PS5 is designed to make seamless online play accessible to more of its player base.
Xbox Series X Controller
The Xbox Series X on the other hand seems to be more of the same from Microsoft. But this might not be a bad thing, since their controllers have such a great reputation.
The new controller from Microsoft features a redesigned D-pad identical to Xbox Elite Controller. This is big news as the Xbox Elite Controller has a reputation for being the best Xbox controller currently on the market.
The good news doesn’t stop there. Another key feature the new Xbox controller is set to have is cross-compatibility with the Xbox One and Windows. This means that this controller will likely be taking the spot of the best controller for PC gaming once it releases as well. The best plug-and-play experience on the PC is only going to get better from here.
These two controllers do a great deal of differentiating themselves from each other. This is even seen in the companies’ approach when designing these controllers. Sony’s desire to break new ground with their new controller stands in stark contrast to Microsoft’s “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mindset.
So now the question remains: which controller is better? Based on the information we have, it appears that the DualSense will provide the far more enjoyable gaming experience. We’ve never seen a controller design quite like this before, and we’re excited to sink our teeth into it once the PS5 releases in the holidays.
However, this doesn’t take away from the raw appeal of the Xbox Series X controller. It’s still the best option for Xbox and PC gamers alike. Even if it doesn’t look like it, Microsoft is breaking new ground by blurring the lines between console generations.