The PS5 DualSense controller’s black faceplate is seemingly removable, suggesting that players could swap it out for custom designs in the future.
As can be seen in a video from John Glasscock on YouTube, the lower black plating that covers the thumbstick on the DualSense can be snapped out and reapplied with relative ease, “with pretty much no tools required”. Glasscock is shown removing the plate simply by gripping the sides of the peripheral and applying some force, although it may be that he’s previously used a thin tool to loosen the plate. It’s not clear if removing the plate could void any warranty on the controller, so we currently don’t recommend trying it yourself.
This suggests that players will be able to customize their DualSense, either through first-party revisions of the controller or third-party solutions (as per Sony’s approval). However, whether third-party plates could be sold is currently up in the air – only this week, we saw a third-party outlet creating custom plates for the PS5 console itself apologizing and cancelling all orders after the company was pressured by Sony.
The video also shows how the controller’s lightbar works in-game on the PS4 via Remote Play and offers some PS3 gameplay using the DualSense peripheral. As revealed earlier this week, the DualSense doesn’t work natively with the PS4, but it does function as normal with the PS3, even though PS3 games aren’t playable on the PS5.
If you want to know more about the DualSense, check out our preview of the controller alongside some Astro’s Playroom gameplay. Preorders for the PlayStation 5 are currently sold out, but if more go up they’ll be in our PS5 preorder guide right away. For everything you need to know about PlayStation 5, check out our PS5 guide.
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