PS5 DualSense Teardown Reveals How Sophisticated The Adaptive Triggers Really Are

The DualSense crams a lot of advanced technology into one handheld frame.


Sony's next-gen console will arrive with a completely new controller, retiring the DualShock branding for the more advanced DualSense input device. Not just a bigger controller with a new ergonomic design that will come with the PlayStation 5, the DualSense's haptic feedback and adaptive triggers have also become big talking points.

YouTuber TronicsFix got his hands on one of the controllers and pried it open to see not just how much technology Sony had managed to fit inside of it. He said he wanted to gauge how easily a broken DualSense would be to repair, but he also took a closer look at the variable triggers.

Compared to the DualShock 4, the DualSense is a far more advanced controller and the triggers alone showcase a design that uses more sophisticated technology to deliver haptic feedback. A spiral gear is used to change the resistance on the adaptive trigger, allowing for games such as Deathloop to simulate a gun being jammed or the feeling of drawing a bow to shoot an arrow. The entire assembly makes use of a modular design, allowing for parts to be more easily replaced should they be broken.

In comparison, the DualShock 4 relied on more basic rumble features embedded in its body to send force feedback into your hands. You can see the results of TronicsFix's teardown just after the nine-minute mark in the video below:

While the DualSense does have advanced rumble features, TronicsFix did note that the analog sticks were nearly identical and could also be prone to drift issues that the DualShock 4 occasionally suffered from.

The controller also has a beefier 1560mA battery to handle all the new haptic features, which YouTuber Austin Evans discovered in his own teardown that resulted in him accidentally breaking part of it.

The DualSense controller launches alongside the PS5 on November 12 but if you're looking to have a spare one ready you can grab one for $70 at retail, with pre-orders available now.

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