PS5 DualSense Controller can play Forza Horizon 4 via Microsoft xCloud on a Pixel 5, teardown reveals a 1,560 mAh battery
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Though the PlayStation 5 (PS5)'s unboxing embargo lifts today, we won't be getting to see the console in action till probably November 6. So far, all media could only disclose that they have received the console and not open the product packaging itself to show what's inside.
While the actual console reviews will have to wait, YouTuber Austin Evans has posted an unboxing and teardown of the PS5's DualSense controller. Not just that, he also showed that the controller can work with PCs and Android devices too even though this feature is not explicitly stated in the documentation.
Evans takes a tour of the DualSense controller showing off the D-pad, the standard face buttons, the dedicated PlayStation button, a button for muting the headset/mic, the touchpad, two analog thumb sticks, four trigger buttons, and the USB-C port. He does note that there is no USB-C cable supplied in the box, though.
Since the PS5 itself cannot be demoed right now, Evans tried connecting the DualSense controller to other devices such as the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4 (PS4) Pro, Surface Laptop Go, and the Google Pixel 5.
The DualSense didn't work when connected to an Xbox Series X (for obvious reasons) though it did help with charging. The PlayStation 4 could pickup the microphone sounds when connected to the DualSense but that was about it. Though the controller could pair with the PS4 Pro via Bluetooth, it really couldn't do anything else.
Interestingly, the DualSense paired easily with a Surface Laptop Go in wired mode and most functions seemed to work pretty responsively. The controller could also connect to the Google Pixel 5 wirelessly and navigate the homescreen. In fact, Evans was able to play Forza Horizon 4 via Microsoft xCloud on the Pixel using the DualSense controller. Understandably, functions such as the vibration and haptic feedback do not work with these devices. That being said, Evans seems to have had a pretty good experience in using the DualSense with these devices.
Finally, Evans proceeds to do a teardown of the controller. A neat aesthetic touch that was revealed is the presence of tiny bumpy texturing on the back of the controller that are miniature versions of the PlayStation's triangle, square, circle, and cross face buttons.
After finally managing to take the shell apart (for science, of course), Evans notes the huge rumble motors, impulse triggers, dual microphones, the speaker, and the 1,560 mAh battery.
Overall, it looks like Sony has managed to pack a lot of tech under the DualSense controller's hood for US$70. It will be interesting to see how the new PS5-exclusive functions work once the final console reviews are out.