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5 things we’ve discovered by playing with the PS5 Dualsense controller

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After spending days playing with PS5 we told you about 5 new aspects of the Dualsense controller that make the difference from the Dualshock 4. This is how the PlayStation 5 controller aims to change the way we play.

We have already spent several days with PS5, preparing our analysis of the console. A few days ago we offered you PS5 unboxing and our first impressions of Astro’s Playroom, the game that is pre-installed on the hard drive of the new generation machine. Now it’s time to give you our impressions of the Dualsense controller.

The controller is one of the main new features of the PlayStation 5, and its features “on paper” have already been shown above. That’s why in this report we wanted to focus on 5 aspects that we discovered when handling it. We have made it clear that we mean playing with it, and that we have not opened it up to investigate its components.

In case you are curious about what the machine offers, which will go on sale in europe next November 19th at a price of 499.99 euros (with a disk drive) and 399 euros (the digital edition), we have highlighted 5 aspects that were not clear before. The control unit will also be on sale separately at a price of 69.99 euros and the loading station will cost 29.99 euros.

These are 5 aspects of Dualsense that have surprised us when playing with PS5.

3 lights in the front

The Dualsense control unit has three different lights on the front. On the one hand, there is the “ambient” light that it inherits from the Dualshock 4 and that in this case is in a subtle line around the touch panel. This light can change colour, depending on the game, and can be used for camera tracking in PSVR games (we need an adapter that can be ordered completely free of charge).

The second light, under the touch panel, tells us which player is holding the controller. When it is player one, as can be seen in the image, it is a point of light in the centre, which changes depending on the number of players synchronised with the console. The third light appears when you press the “mute” button on the microphone. It is a transparent button that is off by default, but it lights up if it is active, in orange.

Haptic vibration also works with PS4 retro-compatible games

We have had the opportunity to play some PS4 retro-compatible titles. Those games can be played with our Dualshock in the traditional way, but if we play with the Dualsense controller we will also benefit from some specific hardware improvements. We’ve been struck by how haptic vibration works in a game like The Last of Us Part II. Not only do we get a feel for it when we ride, right at the start of the game, but we can even feel the vibration with some guitar chords that sound like a soundtrack.

This is because the Dualsense controller uses the audio tracks as a source to trigger the vibration. But don’t panic, this doesn’t mean that every time music is played our controller vibrates, but rather that it is activated at relevant moments in the game, when music plays an important role. As we have said above, the case of the guitar chords (in a soundtrack composed by Gustavo Santaolalla).

How the adaptive triggers work

We have spoken on numerous occasions about the adaptive trigger functions of the Dualsense controller. Here is a video(uploading) showing how the variable resistance works. In this case, imagine that we are drawing a bow or pressing the string of a guitar. The first part of the tour has a growing resistance. Then, we reach a point of maximum resistance and once it is exceeded (when the bow or guitar string is released) the resistance disappears. This effect can be changed in each game, depending on the needs of the developer.

The sound of the integrated speaker is very clear

While the Dualshock 4 already had games that used the controller’s speaker (in particular horror games that simulated mysterious sounds or phone conversations) for the moment we have only enjoyed sound effects on the Dualsense controller. However, these effects can be heard with crystal-clear clarity, much more faithfully than on the previous controller. If it were a conversation or a more relevant effect, there would be no risk of “missing out” on what it sounds like.

Battery life

With all the functions that have been added to the Dualsense (a wireless controller that runs on a rechargeable battery) it was logical to think that the battery life would have been reduced compared to the Dualshock 4 – and this was one of its weaknesses. We cannot go into precise measurements, which is something you will see in our analysis of the console, but we can give you some approximate impressions.

It depends on the game we’re trying out at the time, but the 50% increase in battery life (we’re now at 1560mAh) is noticeable, and allows us to play comfortably for longer than on PS4. This is one of the improvements that we were demanding the most from the PS5 controller, and fortunately – at least in the first games – it seems to meet our expectations.

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Insiders point to a high-profile new Microsoft purchase

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Insiders point to a high-profile new Microsoft purchase

Blogger SKULLZI, previously noted for a number of truthful leaks regarding Starfield, said he had heard “crazy rumors” about a potential new Microsoft purchase.

The insider did not confirm anything and warned users to blindly believe any publications on this topic, but noted that if the information turns out to be true, it could cause heated discussions regarding the laws on monopoly in the market .

“I’m hearing CRAZY RUMORS about another big potential Microsoft purchase. I don’t want to say anything specific because I don’t even know if this is true, but damn it.

“There will likely be fake leaks and clickbaits regarding a potential new Microsoft purchase, but don’t believe anything other than official sources. It’s hard to tell from the outside what is true right now.”

“I predict that many internet lawyers will be debating monopoly laws in the near future.”

Notably, shortly before that, an Xbox SMM specialist under the nickname Stein had clearly hinted at some impending news that should cause surprise. In an already deleted tweet, the manager described his reaction after the past work meeting with a hype image of Chris Pratt’s astonished face from a popular meme.

Other insiders and journalists, including XboxEra author Nick Baker and Tom Warren of The Verge, also seem to know a thing or two.

Recently, Windows Central editor Jez Corden, revealed during The Xbox Two podcast that he had heard from several reliable sources about Microsoft’s possible purchase of Take-Two Interactive, the company that owns 2K Games and Rockstar Games studios.

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Battlefield 2042 Officially Postponed – New Open Beta Rumor

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Battlefield 2042 Officially Postponed - New Open Beta Rumor

The release of Battlefield 2042 has been postponed by five weeks and thus slips behind the planned release date of competitor Call of Duty. EA plans to provide information about an open beta this month, but there are already rumors about a specific period.

It is now almost every day that big games are postponed. The reason is almost always the working conditions during the pandemic. Rumors of a postponement of Battlefield 2042 have come to a head in recent days. Now there is an official announcement from EA.

Battlefield 2042 will be postponed to November

EA announced in a press release that the planned release of Battlefield 2042 will be postponed to November 19, 2021 (source: Electronic Arts ). DICE studio boss Oskar Gabrielson explained that his team is still working from home. Under these circumstances, they felt compelled to postpone the release date. The developers want to use the five additional weeks to be able to deliver a satisfactory result.

You have to wait a little longer for the new specialists from Battlefield 2042:

Competitor Call of Duty now appears first

This year, the two shooter greats Call of Duty and Battlefield will appear again in the same period. Due to the postponement of Battlefield, this happens even in the same month and CoD presents. Vanguard is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2021, two weeks before Battlefield. However, it is not yet known when the integration into Activision’s hit game Warzone will take place. Nevertheless, two of the most successful shooter franchises vie for the players’ favor in November.

Battlefield Open Beta rumor

According to the well-known leaker Tom Henderson, the open beta of Battlefield 2042 has also been postponed. According to his information, the early access to the beta will start on October 6, 2021, and the regular start two days later (source: Twitter ). However, there is no official information about the Open Beta, but EA announced in the press release that it would publish further details at the end of the month (September 2021).

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Nintendo Switch update 13.0.0.0 also includes an update for the Joy-Con: how to update them and more

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Nintendo Switch update 13.0.0.0 also includes an update for the Joy-Con: how to update them and more

Earlier this morning we told you about the availability of Nintendo Switch version 13.0. Well, as with other updates, we now know that this latest patch also includes an update for the Joy-Con controllers.

Remember, it’s unclear what the update includes for the controllers beyond general stability improvements. It’s likely that Nintendo is preparing the Joy-Con to deliver the best experience. For this reason, we recommend you update them as soon as possible.

In case you don’t know how to update your controllers, here are the steps to follow:

1) From the Start menu, select ‘System settings’. Then ‘Controls and Sensors’ on the left-hand side.
2) Scroll down to ‘Update controllers’, press that option, and the console will update the controllers.

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