Sony's upcoming PS5 Pro controller slated to offer a plethora of hardware and software customization options
While most casual players seldom look at third parties for their controller needs, there is a not-so-insignificant section of players who require features not offered by a stock PlayStation/Xbox controller. Those on the latter can buy an Xbox Elite controller directly from Microsoft, while Sony enthusiasts have to look elsewhere. Industry insider Tom Henderson says that the situation could change soon.
Sony is planning to launch a new PS5 Pro controller in the near future, complete with hot-swappable analogue sticks, trigger stops and D-pads. Other features include programmable paddles at the back for additional inputs and removable grips. It'll be interesting to see the customization options Sony offers in terms of hardware and cosmetics, although it is unlikely to match what the likes of SCUF have to offer. The new PS5 Pro controllers will also come with enhanced software, which will be required for mapping custom inputs to the paddles and other tweaks.
Henderson didn't specify how much the PS5 Pro controller would cost. If the Xbox Elite Controller is anything to go by, a US$200 price tag seems likely. However, it could be a tad higher due to the number of hardware customization options offered. It would be ideal if Sony sold analogue sticks for the controller separately, as it would effectively make controller drift a thing of the past. Sony is expected to unveil the PS5 Pro controller at the end of this month.