The PS5 DualSense Controller is awesome. The adaptive trigger combined with haptic feedback helps create a unique experience on the console. One thing I have noticed in recent games is the use of haptic feedback motors in order to help create sound effects. I noticed this in Returnal first when shooting specific guns and even making use of the teleporter. However, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart takes this to a whole new level by creating a full song with the vibration motors.
It is easy to miss this magic in person. For starters, if you wear a headset while playing you won’t hear any of this at all. Gamers might also mistake the sounds as speaker noises which is not the case. Insomniac Games shared a video on Twitter where the developer showed off the noises coming from the controller’s haptics.
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In the video, we can see Ratchet using the Pixelizer HD gun. When holding down the trigger halfway, the gun starts to chime a 16-bit song. While at first, this might sound like it is coming from the speaker it is actually vibrating the music.
Fun Fact: the music that plays when you charge the Pixelizer HD actually comes from the DualSense controller’s haptics.
Try it yourself.
— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) June 19, 2021
This is just one of the many cool features hidden inside the PS5 DualSense controller. It is also great to see Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart fully take advantage of the device. Keep in mind that other first-party games also do this. So in future, try and pay attention to the sound coming out of the controller when playing. Returnal being one of those titles. Especially when shooting certain guns.