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How Sony designed the PS5’s ultimate easter egg

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Interesting read if anyone wants to check it out. The DualSense controller continues to impress me with each game optimized for it.

 

Every DualSense controller has 40,000 tiny PlayStation symbols

"Sony’s PlayStation controller has arguably defined decades of gamepads, so it was no surprise when, for instance, Google’s Stadia Controller came with the same kind of stippled texture that Sony introduced with the DualShock 4 in 2013. But this time around, Sony’s microtexture isn’t just for your hands; the barely-there PlayStation symbols are part of the PS5 experience wherever you’d think to look. You’ll find them on both of the PS5 console’s side panels, on the inner lip. They adorn the grips of the PS5’s optional media remote, the DualSense charging station, the PS5 camera, and Sony’s Pulse 3D wireless headset, too."

 

Full article: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2021/2/7/22269634/how-sony-designed-ps5-dualsense-playstation-symbol-microtexture
 

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Sony hasn’t previously spoken about how it did this, how many there are, or how large the symbols actually get, but we have those answers today — including behind-the-scenes photos and details from Sony’s Yujin Morisawa and Takeshi Igarashi, the chief designers behind the PS5 and the DualSense respectively. (We even borrowed a fancy industrial microscope so you can see how the symbols look up close.)

 

These tiny symbols are stacked on top of each other, jutting out in three dimensions. They’re not a single, evenly-spaced layer at all, like the tiny dots you might remember on Sony’s DualShock 4 from 2013. They look random, almost organic — which might be because the entire design was sketched out by hand.
 

And not just one sketch. Morisawa, the Senior Art Director of Sony’s Design Center Product Design Group, explains that a variety of designs were hand-crafted, digitized, mocked up, applied to actual prototype gamepads, and tested over and over again until the teams found the balance they wanted: good-looking, textured enough to be comfortable and non-slip, but not so sandpaper-rough that it’d hurt your hands over a lengthy gaming session.

 

While designers could easily place the digital version of the texture wherever they wanted in Sony’s CAD programs, Morisawa says that physically comparing and testing different prototypes was key: “While it takes a considerable amount of time to create a prototype, the ‘go/no-go’ judgment of a product is determined the moment you see it and touch it,” he told us by email.
 

Figuring out the proper heights of the symbols was a lot of work all by itself, as you can see in some of Sony’s behind-the-scenes photos. In the end, they settled on two layers — one roughly 15 microns tall, and another 30 microns tall, according to measurements we made with a Nikon LV100 microscope.

 

 

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I don't think this is an easter egg per se (the title of the article really defines what a "clickbait article" is nowadays), but it's a nice touch and really cool anyway.

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I freaking hate this controller 😀 I don't care if I make anyone cry, I kinda do because I like this community but seriously. I

 

Can Sony actually make a pro controller? 

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22 minutes ago, Z1MZUM said:

I freaking hate this controller 1f600.png I don't care if I make anyone cry, I kinda do because I like this community but seriously. I

 

Can Sony actually make a pro controller? 

 

What's wrong with it? Aesthetics wise I've really liked what I've seen so far, but I've yet to test it myself due to scalpers scalping.

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8 minutes ago, Darling Baphomet said:

 

What's wrong with it? Aesthetics wise I've really liked what I've seen so far, but I've yet to test it myself due to scalpers scalping.

 

Too fat basically, I find it very uncomfortable. Heptic feedback is kinda fun for astro I guess but completely irrelevant to competitive play. I can tell it's good quality but man my hands hate it.

 

It doesn't matter because there will be 3rd party and currently the cronus zen work's with ps4 controllers on ps5 games.

 

I found the icons under the PS4 pro to be a great easter egg.

 

In the end I look forward to everyone having the actual console.

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1 minute ago, Z1MZUM said:

 

Too fat basically, I find it very uncomfortable. Heptic feedback is kinda fun for astro I guess but completely irrelevant to competitive play. I can tell it's good quality but man my hands hate it.

 

It doesn't matter because there will be 3rd party and currently the cronus zen work's with ps4 controllers on ps5 games.

 

I found the icons under the PS4 pro to be a great easter egg.

 

In the end I look forward to everyone having the actual console.

Does it have any durability whatsoever? The 2nd gen Dualshock 4 controllers don't stand a chance against my dog and the hardwood floors here. Baby doesn't mean to break controllers but he's always jumping or barking or nipping at me and it makes me drop them occasionally :(

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5 hours ago, DaivRules said:

And then the article ended with this garbage:

 

 

The same tired tripe spewed by people personifying a company and pushing a narrative. Nevermind that there was a $499 version available or that they included Blu-Ray drives that were still not the industry standard (thanks porn industry for deciding HD-DVD weren't good enough) and stand alone Blu-Ray players retailed for the same price as a base PS3... Nooooo. Ignore context and facts and let's just have another lame spin on history in an article that would have been better without it. I swear my expectations were already really low reading a Verge article, but reading through it started to make me think they could write a decent piece on some interesting hardware design. And then they proved me wrong.

 

 

 

I know right.  Although, my issue was the lack of games and the 2nd job comment.  Yes, the PS3 was ahead of it's time, and well worth the money, as they took catastrophic losses on each console sold.

 

However, 499.99 back then felt well over 650 dollars today.  

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22 minutes ago, kindajustin said:

Does it have any durability whatsoever? The 2nd gen Dualshock 4 controllers don't stand a chance against my dog and the hardwood floors here. Baby doesn't mean to break controllers but he's always jumping or barking or nipping at me and it makes me drop them occasionally :(

 

Yeah, this controller will last your dog attacks I'm sure,,,, maybe 😀

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If they can find the effort to put 40000 symbols on it, I am sure they could have bothered to make the buttons have pink square, red circle etc like they been since the PS1.

I mean the 4 symbols and 4 colours of those buttons literally are the iconic symbols of PlayStation, it's crazy they just thought.

 

Nah.

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40,000?

i mean, there is alot..but 40,000? ...I guess..

after further inspecting my dualsense, they do show dirt pretty well

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6 hours ago, Z1MZUM said:

 

Yeah, this controller will last your dog attacks I'm sure,,,, maybe 1f600.png

Screw it, I'm picking up a fuzzy rug when I get a PS5. This was never really an issue with carpet floors haha

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