Sony Unveils the DualSense PS5 Controller (via PlayStation Blog)
We all sort of figured the PlayStation 5 would continue Sony’s decades-long naming conventions, including the DualShock-branded controllers. This week however, Sony threw us a curveball with a brand new controller. Sort of. The new pad is called the DualSense, dropping the “shoc” after four iterations. DualSense is largely similar to the PS4’s DualShock 4, but has haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a new shape. It’s a bit beefier than the DS4, but is supposedly so light you’ll hardly notice it until the haptics kick in.
Stadia is Free, and Stadia Pro is Temporarily Free (via Google)
Since Google’s Stadia platform launched in November 2019, it has been an exclusively paid service. You still got your “free” games as a Pro member, but you still had to pay to give the service a whirl. This week, Google announced it finally launched the free version, available to anyone with a Gmail address. Pro is also free for everyone for two months, but you can swap back to free when that runs out. The difference is largely visual settings, beyond the free games.
Streets of Rage 4 Goes Retro (via Dotemu)
Dotemu was involved in a slight kerfuffle this week, as an alleged release date for Streets of Rage 4 leaked onto the Nintendo eShop. Dotemu slapped us all on the wrist, claiming that date was false, but gave us a little something as a bonus to tide us over. The publisher announced Streets of Rage 4 will feature a “retro mode” of sorts, with 12 characters ripped straight out of the classic Sega Genesis games. These character variants will have their old pixelated looks, and their old movesets. You can also unlock original music tracks from the Streets of Rage series.