Sony could launch a new PlayStation 5 bundle with an extra DualSense controller later this month
The rumoured PlayStation 5 with a modular disk drive is quite some time away from hitting shelves, as is the eventual PlayStation 5 Pro/Slim. Meanwhile, one has to make do with minor revisions to the internals and special edition consoles with bundled games. According to a report by Winfuture.de, Sony plans to release a new PlayStation 5 bundle into the market.
Soon, one will be able to buy a PlayStation 5 with an extra DualSense controller. It is rumoured to hit shelves by "the end of January". Unfortunately, the report doesn't state which regions it will be available in, but it applies to both the standard and digital-only variants. Furthermore, the DualSense controller will be included in the retail packaging, thereby eliminating the waste generated by a new controller box.
Price-wise, the new PlayStation 5/DualSense combination could cost no more than the price of the individual components purchased separately. That figure varies quite a bit depending on the region due to the recent price hikes, but if we take the United States as a reference, it could cost about US$569. The PS5 plus Dualsense bundle will all use the console's new CFI-1216A or CFI-1216B variants.
Sony sold the last-gen PlayStation 4 Pro with an optional extra controller, and one can't help but wonder why it took so long for the PlayStation 5 to get the same treatment. One can chalk it down to a lack of local multiplayer games and supply chain issues. Sony wants to be one step ahead of the curve, especially with the highly-anticipated Tekken 8 due to launch later this year.