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Cosmic Red, Midnight Black DualSense Controllers Launch in June 2021

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Two new PlayStation 5 DualSense controllers will be available for purchase starting in June 2021. Sony revealed the Cosmic Red and Midnight Black DualSense variants on the PlayStation Blog. The two new options retain the blue lighting of the base model.

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Sony senior director Isabelle Tomatis described the inspirations behind the Cosmic Red and Midnight Black DualSense controllers. The black controller is meant to “reflect how we view space through the night sky.” The red one is “inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos.” Both models are black on the lower section of the controller like the original white pad.

The two controllers will be sold globally. There are no specific dates or details for regions, but the rollout will be a bit different between territories.

This marks the first time the PS5 controller will be available in a new color. Well, officially. Third-party painting services remain available. Also, SUP3R5 notably offered, then canceled, sales of a custom black version of the console and controller earlier in 2021.

The PlayStation 5 console itself remains difficult to acquire. Sony anticipates that demand will continue to outpace supply well into 2022. A component shortage has limited the company’s ability to ramp up production. This issue has persisted since it cut launch quantity by four million units. That said, players without a PS5 who still want to grab one of these new red or black DualSense controllers can use them with Steam. A December 2020 update added support for the controller.

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Graham Russell, editor-at-large, has been writing about games for various sites and publications since 2007. He’s a fan of streamlined strategy games, local multiplayer and upbeat aesthetics. He joined Siliconera in February 2020, and served as its Managing Editor until July 2022. When he’s not writing about games, he’s a graphic designer, web developer, card/board game designer and editor.