The PS5 DualSense controller is a wonderful piece of technology that can do some amazing things, but using the haptics to essentially play music is probably not on the list of features you thought it would have.
And yet, for some weird reason this is one of the controller’s capabilities. You read that right. The DualSense controller that comes with the PS5 can basically play music using the haptics motors inside. Spotted by The Verge, an old Reddit thread about this feature was discovered and I immediately had to test this for myself.
And, I wasn’t disappointed. That being said, temper your expectations if you have a DualSense controller and are going to try this as well. Because you probably won’t want this to replace your normal speakers. There’s also a little bit of setup involved to get this to work, and it seems it has to be done on a Windows 10 PC.
The PS5 DualSense controller can use haptics to play music on Spotify
Firstly, it seems this may only work with Spotify. Though, I haven’t tested this with any other music options. Second, is that it doesn’t work with the Spotify player from the website. It has to be the Spotify app for Windows 10. This I have tested, and when playing the same music tracks on both, only the app enabled the feature.
Having said all that, this really is something that you have to feel to realize how cool it is. Even if it may not be the best way to listen to music, it showcases just how complex the haptics inside the controller really are. And it’s kind of a testament to Sony’s engineering chops.
If you want to set this up for yourself, first make sure you have the Spotify Windows app installed. After that, plug the DualSense controller into your PC using the USB-C to USB-A cable that came with the PS5. Or any USB-C cable that you have lying around. Let it install the drivers. Once that’s completed, open your sound settings and change the output to the controller. Mine did this automatically so you may not have to do that either.
Next, launch the control panel app, click on the currently used audio output device, which should already be the DualSense controller, and click on the properties tab. Next check the box that says Speaker Fill and then apply the changes. Then click OK, close out the control panel, and restart the Spotify app.
You can actually hear and feel the music at the same time
To make this a little more useful, it’s also possible to listen to the music and feel the music simultaneously. Just plug any headset you have into the 3.5mm audio port on the controller and make sure the output source has the sound turned up in the sound settings menu.
If it’s muted, the haptics will do its part, but you won’t hear anything from the headphones. This is a wild way to listen to music on your PC, but it’s definitely something you want to experience if you have the ability.