The PS5 doesn't just bring in better graphics and higher framerates — it also gives players a new controller, the DualSense. This successor to the DualShock 4 features a higher-quality built-in microphone, a refined touchpad, an improved battery, and most importantly, haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
Those latter two features can be used by game developers in unique ways. Haptic feedback can give unique sensations, like the pattering of rain or a blast of energy, in a way that is more focused and accurate than rumble motors. Meanwhile, adaptive triggers can provide a variety of functions with different weapons due to the special physical functions that have been implemented.
To provide a couple of examples, adaptive triggers are being used in Arkane Studios' Deathloop so that if a gun jams, the trigger physically locks. Meanwhile, in Insomniac Games' Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, you can pull a trigger partially to fire one barrel on a particular gun or pull it all the way to fire both barrels.
Accounting for all the different ways this can be used would start to border on impossible, so instead, we've listed all the games confirmed to take advantage of one or both of these unique features. Here's a list of all PS5 games that support DualSense haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
Note that we're still not sure if some of the games below will utilize both adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. We've marked those games accordingly.
PS5 games that support DualSense haptic feedback and adaptive triggers
|Game||Adaptive Triggers||Haptic Feedback||Release date|
|Alan Wake Remastered||Yes||-||Oct. 5, 2021|
|Astro's Playroom||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||Yes||Yes||November 10, 2020|
|Borderlands 3||Yes||Yes||November 13, 2020|
|Bugsnax||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War||Yes||Yes||November 13, 2020|
|Control||Yes||Yes||February 2, 2021|
|Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time||Yes||Yes||March 12, 2021|
|Deathloop||Yes||Yes||September 14, 2021|
|Demon's Souls||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Destruction AllStars||Yes||Yes||February 2, 2021|
|Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Diablo 2: Resurrected||-||Yes||2021|
|DiRT 5||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|FIFA 21||-||Yes||December 4, 2020|
|Fortnite||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Genshin Impact||Yes||Yes||July 21, 2021|
|Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut||Yes||Yes||August 20, 2021|
|Godfall||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|God of War: Ragnarok||-||-||2022|
|Goodbye Volcano High||-||Yes||2021|
|Gran Turismo 7||Yes||Yes||2022|
|Hades||Yes||-||August 13, 2021|
|Hell Let Loose||Yes||Yes||2021|
|Hood: Outlaws & Legends||-||-||May 7, 2021|
|Horizon Forbidden West||Yes||-||Q1 2022|
|Immortals Fenyx Rising||-||Yes||December 3, 2020|
|Jett: The Far Shore||-||Yes||2021|
|Kena: Bridge of Spirits||Yes||Yes||2021|
|Life is Strange: True Colors||Yes||Yes||Sep. 10, 2021|
|Madden 21||-||Yes||December 4, 2020|
|Maneater||-||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Marvel's Avengers||Yes||Yes||March 18, 2021|
|Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Marvel's Spider-Man 2||Yes||Yes||2023|
|Metro Exodus||Yes||Yes||June 18, 2021|
|MXGP 2020||Unknown||Unknown||December 16, 2020|
|NBA 2K21||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|No Man's Sky||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Nour: Play With Your Food||Yes||Yes||-|
|Observer: System Redux||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Oddworld: Soulstorm||Yes||-||April 2021|
|Overcooked! All You Can Eat||Unknown||Unknown||2020|
|Praey for the Gods||Unknown||Unknown||Q1 2021|
|Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart||Yes||Yes||June 11, 2021|
|Resident Evil Village||Yes||Yes||May 7, 2021|
|Returnal||Yes||Yes||April 30, 2021|
|Ride 4||Yes||Yes||January 2021|
|Sackboy: A Big Adventure||Yes||-||November 12, 2020|
|The Pathless||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Warframe||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||Yes||Yes||November 12, 2020|
As this list grows and the generation goes on, we'll be sure to expand the table with further details and confirmed games. While titles from Sony Worldwide Studios are sure to use these features, third-party support may be more sparse as time goes on.
Next-gen gaming is here!
In our PS5 review, Android Central Games Editor Jennifer Locke was truly impressed with the DualSense and cited it as a major plus for Sony's console, saying that it truly must be felt in order to understand why it's so good. If you haven't managed to grab one yet, keep a eye out for PS5 restocks so you can jump in on the latest generation of gaming.
In order to keep your controllers charged up and ready to go, you might want to grab a DualSense charging station. One thing we've noticed is that the more a game uses the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback features, the faster the battery will drain. There's no consistent pattern to this but, in general, from our testing, a DualSense controller with a healthy battery being used to play Astro's Playroom will last just under three hours.
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