Deathloop trailer shows off the ways it uses DualSense

Arkane Studios’ time-bending shooter Deathloop has a new trailer with a heavy emphasis on the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller.

The “Next-Gen Immersion” trailer does spend a brief moment touting the game’s visuals, but nearly all of its running time showcases how Deathloop uses the DualSense’s features like haptics and adaptive triggers.

Now, you might be wondering how you showcase tactile feedback in a video, but Arkane has actually come up with a pretty clever solution. The trailer juxtaposes gameplay with a small, annotated animation of the controller reacting to the action. It’s obviously no substitute for the real thing, but it does offer a pretty solid idea of what to expect.

You’ll be able to feel protagonist Cole’s individual footsteps, for instance, using rumble, and there will be a substantial difference based on what surface you’re walking on. The adaptive triggers, meanwhile, will offer up a different resistance pattern for each weapon, and if your gun jams the trigger will be completely blocked.

Sure, the trailer is no substitute for first-hand experience, but it may whet your appetite for the real thing.

What’s also interesting about this trailer is that, in the wake of the Bethesda acquisition, Microsoft now owns Arkane. That means this trailer represents an Xbox-owned studio touting the features of the PlayStation 5’s controller—features that the Xbox Series X can’t match.

While this is a PlayStation-centric trailer, Deathloop will also come to PC when it launches September 14th. However, you can probably expect to see it hit Xbox Series X/S in 2022, based on the timed exclusivity window.

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