The Last of Us Part 2 Has Better PS5 Haptics After Updates

The Last of Us Part II got a performance patch recently for the PlayStation 5 to improve the framerate which will now be set at 60FPS on the newer console. However, players who downloaded that update and gave the game another shot likely also noticed something else that’d improved: The haptics from the DualSense controller. Kurt Margenau, the co-game director on The Last of Us Part II, confirmed on Twitter that this wasn’t just players’ minds playing tricks on them and that the haptics do indeed feel better in that game now.

Beyond just confirming the supposed sensation, Margenau expanded on the topic to discuss how these improved haptics came about. PlayStation 5 owners owe the changes to the update that released back in April, the first big update the console got after its release. Margenau said he’d been giving feedback to the DualSense team prior to the update’s release regarding the feel of games played through backwards compatibility support as opposed to native PlayStation 5 games.

Continuing the discussion in the Twitter thread, Margenau said the DualShock 4 from the PlayStation 4 had two weights inside that differed from the weights in the DualSense. When playing games through the backwards compatibility mode, the DualSense gets signals intended for the DualShock 4 and then emulates them but does so in its own way given the difference in weights and feedback capabilities.

All that goes to say that it was apparently a lot of work to get the improved haptics implemented on backwards compatibility games since the two controllers function so differently from one another, but he takeaway is that games like The Last of Us Part II indeed feel better on the PlayStation 5 now thanks to past updates.

For those wondering why the PlayStation 5 version of the game didn’t just utilize the DualSense haptics completely instead of emulating the PlayStation 4’s feeling, the post from Naughty Dog explaining what had changed noted that the update was only targeting the framerate. The developers did say that they were still working with the new console and that this update was just the “first step of working on the PS5,” so perhaps we’ll see more from The Last of Us Part II on that console in the future.

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I'm glad they have impoved it on the PS5

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