Hogwarts Legacy reveals PS5-exclusive features

A new blog post and trailer detail the special features coming to the PlayStation 5 version of Hogwarts Legacy.

Per usual, much of the emphasis from developer Avalanche Software is on using the DualSense controller’s unique capabilities.

On the subtlest level, the gamepad’s built-in lights will pulse in the colors of your Hogwarts house by default, and they’ll flash with appropriate colors when you cast spells or take damage during combat.

More impactful should be the way the game will use the controller’s adaptive triggers and advanced haptic feedback to simulate magic casting. “You’ll feel the magical resistance at your fingertips through every spell, whether firing off a basic cast or summoning the strength for a more powerful charm,” the PlayStation blog post explains. “Spells will feel unique when you cast them, thanks to haptic feedback providing a direct connection between the DualSense controller and your wand.” Outside of combat, the tactile feedback has been tuned to make other activities, like using a mortal and pestle in Potions class or flying on a broomstick, feel similarly immersive.

On PlayStation 5, Hogwarts Legacy will also support 4K resolution, with two different display modes. As is pretty standard these days, the choice will be between Fidelity, which prioritizes graphical quality, and Performance, which prioritizes frame rate. The game will also support the PS5’s Tempest 3D audio, allowing headphone users to get a better sense of where sounds are coming from.

If you’re not up to speed, Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action RPG that unfolds in the titular school of witchcraft and wizardry during the 1800s. You’ll be able to create your own fifth year student and explore the campus and its surrounding areas, eventually discovering a mystery centered on ancient magic.

Despite the special attention, the game isn’t a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Hogwarts Legacy will also come to Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC this fall.

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