The PS5 DualSense controller arriving with the PS5 for next week’s console launch looks pretty intriguing. Not only does it offer an appealing shape and design, but the DualSense’s Adaptive Trigger function and haptic feedback seem like great ways to interface with a variety of games — a potential improvement over DualShock controllers in every way.
Get ready for one more surprise DualSense controller feature, though. Apparently, the front white plate on the controller can simply be detached and replaced.
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YouTuber John Glasscock took to his channel with a video that explores several aspects about the DualSense controller that many may not have known about, including a mute button on the front of the controller, and the aforementioned discovery — the black portion of the controller can easily be detached. It takes a bit of doing, as is evidenced with Glasscock editing out the effort he put into doing so,
You can see the black portion of the plate being removed from the DualSense controller, leaving nothing but the anchor point attachments it features. This would introduce a way to pop off the plate and swap it with something else, like new colors of faceplates or other custom items. You can see the controller's inner shell when the black attachment is removed, and the controller still works normally.
Based on this observation about the DualSense controller, either Sony or third-party creators could offer some customization for this part of the input device.
This interesting tidbit comes after Sony made the decision to have a third-party manufacturer cease production immediately on customizable PlayStation 5 faceplates. All pre-orders for the faceplates were canceled.
Sony hasn’t confirmed anything about the removable controller faceplate. The PS5 doesn't debut on store shelves until Nov. 12, so we’ll see if any customization options emerge after that.
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Brittany Vincent has been covering video games and tech for over 13 years for publications including Tom's Guide, MTV, Rolling Stone, CNN, Popular Science, Playboy, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Kotaku, Maxim, and more. She's also appeared as a panelist at video game conventions like PAX East and PAX West and has coordinated social media for companies like CNET. When she's not writing or gaming, she's looking for the next great visual novel in the vein of Saya no Uta. You can follow her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.