Fri, 14 May 2021

Here's how Returnal is using DualSense controllers features to enhance the gameplay experience

Here's how Returnal is using DualSense controllers features to enhance the gameplay experience

Returnal is a roguelike shooter game that was released exclusively for PlayStation 5 on April 30. The game is set on an alien planet where the game's protagonist Selene is stuck in a time loop. Armored with an advanced suit and wielding hi-tech weapons, she has to find a way to escape the time loop and the planet.

Overall, the game provides an immersive, action-packed experience, and PlayStation 5's DualSense wireless controller makes it even better. Greg Louden, Narrative Director, at development studio Housemarque, explains how they used the DualSense wireless controller to bring a new level of immersion and atmosphere in Returnal.

PS5 DualSense wireless controllers give an immersive gameplay experience

Adaptive Triggers and Haptic Feedback are two of the most prominent features of PS5's DualSense wireless controller. After thorough research, Game designer Henri Markus and Harri Tikkanen, co-founder of Housemarque came up with ways to use adaptive triggers to give an even more immersive experience. They developed the alt-fire trigger functionality where the user pulls halfway down to focus aim, feel the click, and then all the way down to enter the alt-fire mode.

Weapons in the game have an alt-fire ability that requires recharging between shots. The player is alerted of the readiness of the ability through on-screen cues and with audio feedback, but using the haptic feedback feature, a distinctive haptic pulse is also sent on the DualSense controller. This helps grab the player's attention. The intensity of the pulse depends on the power of the attack. The stronger the attack, the stronger the pulse. The Player also physically feels the raindrops through haptic feedback. 

New colors on the PS5 controller

Sony also announced two new colors for the PS5 DualSense wireless controller- Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. They will hit the market sometime next month.

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