We’re about less than a month to go until the Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5) is finally released around the world. Naturally, some publications and influencers have received early preview units of the console or just its DualSense controller for testing. As for the latter, we’re able to have a close look at the accessory and see what it has to offer, courtesy of YouTuber Austin Evans.
In his unboxing video, it is revealed that the DualSense packaging only includes the controller itself and an instruction manual. As noted by Evans, a USB-C cable was not included in the box – much like its predecessors, the DualShock 3 and DualShock 4. Rather than including a charging cable for these controllers, Sony recommends users to use the ones provided with the console instead. It’s not entirely a deal breaker for the DualSense, considering that most users might own more than one USB-C cable by now.
As for compatibility, the YouTuber pointed out that the PS5 controller can actually be paired wirelessly with the PlayStation 4. However, its functionality is extremely limited on the current gen console, where the only thing that is shown to work is its built-in noise cancelling microphone. Amusingly, Evans also tried connecting the DualSense to an Xbox Series X (because why not?) and found out that it is only able to charge the controller and nothing else.
Surprisingly, the PlayStation 5 controller is able to function to an extent when connected to a Windows 10 PC – in the YouTuber’s case, a Surface Laptop Go. Additionally, the DualSense appears to work as intended (sans haptic feedback) when paired to an Android smartphone via Bluetooth. It was not specified if the controller would also function on an iOS device.
The DualSense and the Sony PlayStation 5 is slated to be released globally on 12 November 2020. However, there is a slight chance that the Malaysian launch might see a delay.
(Source: Austin Evans [YouTube])