After thinking about this for a few hours, I’ve come to this conclusion: I’m kind of disappointed by both the PS5 and Xbox Series controllers.
On the one hand you have Microsoft, who in my opinion played it too safe. It is very much an iterative design, the only noteworthy changes are a smaller overall size (a downgrade imo, as I thought the XB1 controller was the perfect size), a heavier usage of texturing (a downgrade for me as I have sensory processing disorder and don’t like rough textures), the addition of a share button, and a redesigned D-Pad. They didn’t improve their rumble tech and are just reusing the XB1 rumble motors, which is disappointing since Switch and now PS5 are surpassing XB1’s rumble tech.
On the other hand you have Sony, who did the exact opposite, they played it too risky. The PS5 controller is the very definition of a revolutionary design. Almost all traces of the original DualShock 1-3 design language are gone except for symmetric sticks and shape face buttons, with a few elements from the DualShock 4 design language remaining as well. I personally like the new shape and ergonomics, but I hate the two tone color and lack of removable battery.
So the Positives and negatives for each controller:
+Removable battery, allowing you to replace your batteries, rechargeable or otherwise
+Great shape and ergonomics
+Disc D-Pad should be great for executing fighting game commands that require a circular D-Pad movement
-Lack of rumble innovation
-Too many rough textures
+Cool futuristic design
+Adaptive Triggers sound great
-Ugly two tone colors
-Even more lighting on the face which will be obnoxious at night
-Non removable battery, which means you need a whole new controller once the battery starts losing max charge
-Share and options buttons are still too small and not raised enough, makes them hard to push.