The PS5’s design surprised players in a number of ways when Sony unveiled its latest console, one of which was the move away from its traditional launch colors, with consoles and controllers normally debuting in black rather than the stark white of the PS5’s design. That color scheme was first made apparent when Sony introduced the split-color white DualSense, but for those looking for some other options, including one that would fit alongside the last few generations of DualShocks, PlayStation has introduced a few new color schemes.
Check out the gallery below for an up-close look at the two new DualSense styles: Midnight Black, which features an all-black design rather than the launch model’s two-tone controller, as well as the Cosmic Red design.
The Midnight Black controller is a great return to the look most players have grown familiar with, especially given the DualShock 4’s standard color scheme. Both halves of the controller – for lack of a better term, we’re talking about the area that includes the face buttons, directional buttons, and touch pad as one area and the portion with the analog sticks, PlayStation button, and speaker as another – are uniform and offer a great, cohesive look for those who aren’t as into the dual-color schemes of the other DualSense’s. It is certainly easier to spot dust particles on it than the white, but it’s a nice addition to the lineage of PlayStation controllers. The Midnight Black DualSense is currently available for $79.99.
The Cosmic Red, meanwhile, offers the same split as the original DualSense, with its red wrapping around the entire back of the controller, similar to the white. Its majority red color isn’t as bright of a tone as some pictures convey, and is not identical to the red featured on, say, the Marvel’s Spider-Man special edition PS4. It’s more of a berry red, but looks great alongside the others. You can currently purchase the Cosmic Red DualSense for $74.99.
These are just the first two DualSense colors to be released by PlayStation, and while we’re less than a year out from the PS5’s launch, we’ll likely see more in the future – especially given Sony’s penchant for releasing batches of controller designs periodically throughout the PS4’s life. The PS5 hasn’t seen a ton of other accessories released since its launch, but when it debuted last November, alongside the console came both a charging dock for the DualSenses (seen in some of the above photos), and the Pulse 3D headset to take advantage of the PS5’s 3D audio capabilities.
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