PS5 Pro Controller 1
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Sony will allegedly respond to fan demand and announce a premium quality, pro version of the DualSense controller for the PS5 – potentially later this month. The pad – codenamed Hunt – has been revealed by journalist Tom Henderson, who has a relatively sturdy track-record when it comes to “industry insider” matters. He claims the device will feature removable analogue sticks, trigger stops, and rear button paddles, like the short-lived back button attachment for the DualShock 4.

According to Henderson, who claims to have seen prototype pictures of the pad, the unit retains the same iconic look and shape of the existing DualSense controller. But it has buttons beneath the analogue sticks which are used to release them so they can be interchanged. There are also grips around the unit which, again, can purportedly be removed. The stops on the triggers will allow you to shorten the length of travel, which pro gamers argue helps with reaction times in shooters. It’s unclear how those will work in conjunction with the DualSense’s existing adaptive triggers, but time will tell on that front. It’s also unclear whether the controller will work on a PS4 or PC, but we expect it would.

It’s possible the pad could be announced as early as this month, with Henderson hinting that Sony has a number of smaller non-console “hardware announcements” planned for June – although he failed to elaborate on what else those could entail. Sony has, in the past, relied of third-party accessories manufacturers to plug the potentially lucrative pro controller gap on its consoles, but that’s always felt like an oversight on the organisation’s part – it looks like it’s finally got the memo on this front, at least.