When the PS5 came out last year and everyone was blabbering on about how cool the haptic rumors and sturdy triggers of the DualSense controller are, my first question was, will it work on a PC? The answer seemed to be yes, but only if developers bother to implement it. Treyarch became one of the first to do so with the latest update of Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War.
True, just plug in a DualSense driver, launch Cold War from Battle.net, and you'll find some new options in the driver menu. There is one to activate / deactivate the trigger haptics and a slider to adjust the vibration intensity of the triggers.
The options are a bit buried, but here you will find them:
I was curious about how well everything worked, so I hung up the Deathadder mouse and connected a controller to Call of Duty for the first time in years. Haptics is enabled by default if you use a DualSense driver, so you can jump straight into a game and try it out. You’ll soon notice that almost every action in the game now feeds on small directional rumors in various parts of the controller. It's pretty tidy, but after a night with the haptics up and running, I think.
The problem boils down to resistive triggers. Depending on the weapon you use, pressing the left trigger to aim requires a lot of extra effort. I’m not sure how much it slows down my goal, but it seems like an unnecessary hurdle in a fast-paced competitive FPS. The resistance is also on the right trigger, although I prefer the idea with the action of firing (real triggers are sometimes hard to pull off). In addition to fighting with your finger, the triggers themselves will also wobble as you shoot, which is cooler than it distracts.
I've been using a DualSense in PS5 games for a few months now, and in most cases I've loved resistive triggers. In Return, shooting the left trigger half executes a normal target while a full shot changes the gun to its secondary mode. It feels amazing every time, but I don’t care about driver-based immersion in Call of Duty multiplayer. I worry about pulling the trigger before the joke in front of me pulls out his. Being a quick shot in the Cold War means walking the path of least resistance, but the triggers for the PS5 are literally the path of most resistance, please.
As much as I love that developers are starting to add full DualSense features to PC games, I’ll be disabling most of them in the Cold War. I will also disconnect the driver completely and go back to the mouse, because it is much better.