Anyone who’s been lucky enough to get a PS5 will agree that, along with a super-fast SSD, the DualSense controller is one of the console’s best features.
Despite the fact that Sony’s PS5 DualSense has pushed the boundaries of modern gamepads to a whole new level, it still had some setbacks that could have been addressed with a more premium model.
While Sony still refuses to play ball, we’ve rounded up several reasons why we think the PS5 pro console would make sense. Maybe, just maybe, we can manifest one into existence ourselves.
DualSense battery life can be improved
Since the release of PS5, the DualSense gamepad is one of the best gaming consoles, it even won online survey As part of the recent BAFTA Games Awards.
And it’s easy to see why it’s so appreciated when you take a closer look at the features that make up the generational leap between DualSense and DualShock 4 on PS4.
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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again until we’re blue in the face: The inclusion of haptic feedback and adaptive triggers in the DualSense controller has been one of the highlights of the latest generation of gaming consoles.
But the PS5 console isn’t perfect by any means and it has its fair share of flaws. Currently, one of the biggest issues PlayStation gamers tend to face is having to deal with the average DualSense battery life which varies widely between six to 12 hours of playing time. Frustratingly, the aforementioned adaptive stimuli and tactile feedback also seem to have the biggest impact on the controller’s battery life.
While you have the option to turn off adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, or at least reduce their intensity, it’s a shame that you have to resort to depriving yourself of one of the best parts of playing on PS5 just to get more power. when playing.
The market wants a PS5 Pro controller
Since Sony is still reluctant to create a Pro version of its DualSense controller, third-party manufacturer Scuf has stepped in to save the day. Currently, Scuf offers PlayStation gamers a choice of three gamepads: Scuf Reflex, Reflex Pro, and Reflex FPS – all with slightly different specifications.
And despite its relatively high cost of $199.99 / $229.99 / $259.99, the Scuf PS5 pro console proves that a premium PS5 console is in high demand. So much so that all three variants of the Scuf gamepad have sold out and are still unavailable about a month after their initial release.
All three PS5 pro controllers from Scuf include resettable paddles and interchangeable thumb sticks. This gives players more flexibility in terms of resetting key actions to different button inputs to better suit their playing style.
Given the price and appeal of Scuf gamepads, it is clear that if released, the PlayStation-branded elite console would likely not be aimed at casual gamers. Instead, it’ll cater to a smaller, more personalized portion of PS5 owners who play online first-person shooters like Call of Duty: Warzone or Destiny 2, where improved hardware can give players a competitive edge.
If you’re like me, and spend most of the time playing story-based games like Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga or Resident Evil: Village, you probably won’t really need a PS5 pro console. However, I wouldn’t say no to the controller, which has a longer battery life than the original DualSense and offers more flexibility.
Xbox has had pro platforms for years
Parents and school teachers spend a large part of our childhood telling us that just because someone else does something, it doesn’t mean you should do it yourself. While this is generally good advice when it comes to jumping off cliffs, in this scenario I couldn’t disagree more.
The original Xbox Elite wireless controller from Microsoft and its successor has been around for years and is proof that console gamers want to upgrade the original gamepad — even if it costs a premium.
In our Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 review, we mentioned how it offers users a more weighty design that is centered around customization right down to the system level. This means Xbox owners can freely adjust everything from stick sensitivity to vibration and brightness, plus there are four additional back buttons to reset different actions to.
While it might seem a challenge to build more on the already awesome DualSense controller, I don’t think it’s too strange to require an official PS5 pro gamepad from Sony that offers the same level of customization as the Xbox Elite controller.
It’s unclear why Sony doesn’t want to follow suit, frankly, since many of the biggest games on PlayStation are competitive online games. Although the release of the popular DualShock 4 back button accessory for the PS4 was better late than never, it is not currently compatible with PS5. The PS5 version of this peripheral would be a step in the right direction at least, and then at least until Sony, hopefully, decides to build its own professional board.