Sony unveils all-new DualSense controller

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With every new console, Sony has released a new DualShock controller to go along with it. Not this time. This time, it launched the DualSense controller, a gamepad for the upcoming PlayStation 5 that looks like a cross between the DualShock 4 controller, the Xbox One controller, and a Stormtrooper helmet. The most apparent features of the controller are the color and the size. The sleek white and black combo is a new direction for PlayStation aesthetic, which tends to stick toward a single color. It may point to the aesthetic of the yet-to-be-revealed console. The DualSense seems a bit bulkier than the DualShock 4 and fills in the space around the two joysticks instead of having them stick out, which is very reminiscent of how Xbox has been designing their controllers since the beginning. Naming it the DualSense instead of the DualShock 5 is a nod toward some of the new features of this controller. In the blog post, the company mentions new haptic feedback added to the controller – which is likely more precise and localized vibrations similar to the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers – and adaptive triggers for the R2 and L2 buttons which, again, is how Microsoft has designed their triggers since the beginning.

Netflix has a rival, Quibi launched

The mobile-first streaming service Quibi launched in the US on Monday, despite concerns the coronavirus outbreak might impact its viewership. The company has raised $1.8bn for the project intended to rival Netflix and YouTube. Quibi's shows are 10 minutes or shorter and movies are broken into segments. It has lined up a host of Hollywood and showbiz stars including Idris Elba, Sophie Turner, Steven Spielberg, Chrissy Teigen and Jennifer Lopez. Viewers are meant to watch the shows on their mobile phones, and a feature called Turnstile allows the video to stay full screen in both, portrait or landscape. Some shows even encourage viewers to turn the device mid-show to reveal a different angle to the scene. On social media, Quibi's launch was met with mixed reviews.

Airbnb advertises ‘Covid-19 retreats’

Owners have listed homes as being "Covid-19 retreats" and "perfect for isolating with family" in the British countryside. New coronavirus laws say holiday accommodation should be provided only to keyworkers needing to self-isolate. But some listings on the site allow instant booking of rentals without any vetting. The properties advertised as places to self-isolate include an "idyllic cottage", a houseboat and even a castle. Only one Airbnb host contacted by BBC News said their rental was available solely to keyworkers. But others complained the lockdown had disrupted their business. In response to the BBC News's findings, Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: "Our advice is clear. Essential travel does not include holidays, leisure travel and visits to second homes - and people must remain in their primary residence. It is incredibly irresponsible, and dangerous for some property owners to be marketing themselves as ‘isolation retreats’.