One of the most popular features of the PS5’s DualSense controller is haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Games like Astro’s Playroom and Returnal are some of the best showcases for these features, with the haptics making you feel more immersed in their virtual worlds, and the adaptive triggers providing tension when you draw a bow or shoot a weapon.
As the controller’s first anniversary nears, Sony has shared new information with IGN about the creation of the DualSense and how its notable features were always anticipated in the controller’s final design.
Sony Interactive Entertainment’s product manager Toshi Aoki told IGN it’s still part of the product team’s plan to include both haptic feedback and adaptive triggers in the DualSense, noting how they see it. haptics be used in mobile technology and have decided to create “their own experiences to see how we can integrate this into the gameplay.” ”
When creating the first prototype, Aoki said the product team used haptic and motion sensors with a demonstration featuring a metal ball and a plastic ball rolling in a box, which he said “worked very well. good “. The next prototype included a DualShock 4 with haptic feedback and found the same demo to provide a similar experience.
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When the product team shared the prototype with the PlayStation Studio teams, “everyone who’s experimented with it said they wanted it in the next controller,” Aoki told IGN.
When it comes to adaptive triggers, Aoki says the L2 and R2 trigger buttons were the most used buttons on previous PlayStation controllers, and the team “wanted to find ways to exploit the buttons to add to the sense of touch. “.
In the first tests, the product team tested the first demos using adaptive triggers with a motion controller in VR and were impressed with the results. “It was amazing,” Aoki said. “Mostly because you can see yourself pulling the trigger of a gun at the same time as what you are doing with your hands.”
It’s no surprise that even the creators of the DualSense are impressed with the controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. The controller has been praised by many who use it. In addition, the innovations of DualSense may influence the next Xbox controller.
In our review of the DualSense controller, we gave it a 9, praising its “tactile feedback”. With further praise for the controller featured in our review of the PlayStation 5, calling it one of the console’s most impressive features.
Taylor is Associate Technical Writer at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.