The DualSense controller for PS5 has great haptic feedback for games like Returns and Demon Souls. But today I found out that it’s also good to hum along to tunes on Spotify when connected to a PC.
While browsing Reddit, I came across an old thread from six months ago where a user explained that by plugging in a DualSense and tweaking a few settings, the device’s built-in haptic motors will do their best to play your music. play from the Spotify app on Windows 10. Putting your ear to the controller is like listening to the world’s smallest rave ever, maybe with a few Astro Bots thrown in.
I assume you just ran to get your controller to try this out ̵
- Connect your controller to your PC via a USB-C cable and wait for Windows to install the driver automatically.
- Once it’s installed, tap the speaker icon in the lower right corner of your screen where the time is displayed. Set “Speakers (wireless controller)” as your audio output.
- Open the Control Panel and click on ‘Sound’. From there, click on your current audio output and select the “Properties” button just below it.
- Click on ‘Enhancements’, the third tab from the left in the pop-up window. Check the box next to ‘Speaker Padding’ and then click ‘Apply’.
- You need to restart the Spotify app to start the haptic playback. Once you restart the app, you should be able to feel your music. You can even hear the haptic motors do their best to play the music when you press the DualSense against your ear.
- If you really want to listen to your music, not only can you feel it in haptic form, but also plug headphones into the 3.5mm jack of the DualSense and the audio will pass through. Your audio setup looks a little crazy this way, but who cares?
Here’s a track that I think shows the effect well. Click the Spotify logo in the top right corner of the embed to open the track in the PC app: