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Here’s How Red That New PS5 Controller Color Is

June 11, 2021 - Posted in Games Posted by:

Red, as everyone knows, is the best primary color, so it was extremely exciting to hear PlayStation announce a new Cosmic Red colored PS5 controller last month (along with a Midnight Black variant). The two new PS5 controller colors–which officially came out today–landed on our desks recently, so we snapped a few pics to see just how vibrant that new red is in the real-world (the Midnight Black one is, suffice it to say, pretty sleek and cool. But it is, at the end of the day, not red.)

As you can see from the images below, Cosmic Red in a living room setting turns out to look a little more magenta, but it’s a pleasing if not altogether striking shade. The brightness is certainly muted compared to the PS4’s Magma Red color (also shown below), but the new Cosmic Red certainly still stands out. For further comparison, I also took pictures of the new red controller with other red objects, but it was also likely done just so I could show off some neat things around my house.


Here’s how PlayStation describes the two new color variants: “Midnight Black features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how we view space through the night sky, and Cosmic Red offers a striking black and red design inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos,” PlayStation’s Isabelle Tomatis said on the PlayStation Blog.

Both new controllers are available to order now through multiple retailers, with the Cosmic Red controller costing $5 more than Midnight Black (on account of the redness, one would assume). You can order it online from retailers such as Best Buy and GameStop.

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