This is, of course, referring to the PlayStation 5’s DualSense, which offers adaptive triggers for simulating resistance and provides precise haptic feedback, with the goal of increasing immersion in games. By comparison, the Series X controller wasn’t too much of a jump from the last generation, despite the addition of features like a dedicated share button and textured triggers.Microsoft’s interest in these questions would suggest that they’re at least thinking about upgrading the next-gen controllers in the future, to line up with Sony’s offering in the current-generation. While that line of thought doesn’t necessarily promise changes in the future, Xbox has a recent history of adding well-received features on other console controllers to its own – the Xbox One controller adopted a 3.5mm jack partway through the last generation, for example.
We reviewed the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller at launch in November 2020, scoring it a 9 and lauding its “tactile feedback” – and called it out as one of PS5’s most impressive features in our overall PlayStation 5 review. We also covered the Xbox Series X controller just weeks before, scoring it an 8 and calling it a “positive evolution”.
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Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.