How Hogwarts Legacy taps PS5 features to make gameplay feel magical

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How Hogwarts Legacy taps PS5 features to make gameplay feel magical

The DualSense wireless controller connects you directly with your wand, immersing you in visuals and sound.

With Hogwarts Legacy, we wanted to immerse you in the wizarding world like never before. Wand in hand, nothing is more important at Avalanche Software than making sure players feel like they are living in this world. PlayStation 5 allows us to take that immersion further as you build a legacy of your own.

How Hogwarts Legacy taps PS5 features to make gameplay feel magical

Connect With Your Wand

A witch or wizard should never be without their wand, and the PlayStation 5’s DualSense wireless controller becomes an extension of your wand in Hogwarts Legacy. With so many spells at your disposal, the adaptive triggers allow for more flexibility in combat. 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.  Spells will feel unique when you cast them, thanks to haptic feedback providing a direct connection between the DualSense controller and your wand. We’ve specifically isolated these effects to the right side of the controller to let the DualSense become an extension of the wand you hold in the game. And when you deflect a spell with Protego, you’ll feel the sizzling of the magic being reflected and absorbed by the Shield Charm.

Adaptive triggers and haptic feedback aren’t just limited to spellcasting and wand work, however. The DualSense controller lets you feel a variety of events throughout the world, whether it’s crushing ingredients with a mortar and pestle in Potions class, feeling the screech of a Mandrake seedling, or flying through the skies on a broom or a hippogriff. The DualSense is your connection to the magic on PS5.

We’ve also tapped into the DualSense controller’s light to give you a unique bit of personalization. When not flashing along with spells being cast or damage being taken, the DualSense controller lights will pulse with the colors of your Hogwarts house: blue and bronze for Ravenclaw, scarlet and gold for Gryffindor, green and silver for Slytherin, and yellow and black for Hufflepuff.

Sights and Sounds of Hogwarts

Visually, we’ve come a long way since the days of the beloved Hagrid on the original PlayStation. Hogwarts Legacy on PS5 lets you take in Hogwarts and the surrounding area in stunning 4K, as well as a choice between Fidelity and Performance graphics modes. This choice will allow you to create your preferred experience, whether that’s prioritizing a higher framerate or visual fidelity.

The PS5 console’s Tempest 3D AudioTech will put you right in the heart of the wizarding world. Hear the crackle of fire as you cast Incendio, potions bubbling in cauldrons, and the uniquely detailed soundscapes of each environment to really make you feel present. And if you play without headphones, you’ll be treated to additional immersive sounds through the DualSense controller speaker, like the soft flap of a Hippogriff’s wings and effects of each spell you cast.

Additionally, expect the PlayStation 5’s ultra high-speed SSD to provide quick loading times no matter how you choose to move from place to place, whether you take the scenic route on a broom or fast travel via the Floo Network. We’ll also support the PS5’s Activity Cards and Game Help features.We’re thrilled to connect you with the wizarding world in a more immersive way than ever before thanks to the PS5 and DualSense controller when Hogwarts Legacy launches Holiday 2022.

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  • Super excited. Can’t wait

  • Wonderful atmosphere and inviting environments. I’m not a fan of character creators as it generally makes characters look similar and lifeless, but other than that I’m stoked.

  • Game looks so good excited to play I’mma go with Hufflepuff 🙃

  • Number 1 game I’m looking forward to playing. So happy I finally got my PS5 last month

  • Right now it seems like I’ll likely be playing it on PS4 but it’s nice to see the PS5 features being utilized.

  • NinjaRemoteplay

    looks magical

  • Really cant wait for hogwzarts legacy ,this game looks better every time i see it and the dualsense features amazing,any ideas about a collectors edition?

  • Yellow and black for Hufflepuff puff ? Never seen a black light in my life.

  • Looks like a masterpiece in the making!

  • Sounds awesome. Now if I could only buy a console from you. I can’t experience any of these amazing features without one. Would you kindly let me purchase a PS5 console?

  • my inner childhood is SCREAMING right now :) i can’t wait !


  • Oh, my. Looks like it looks, sounds and plays well. Not the Nerdist Hogwards person but a lot of room for Games to exsist, turn base 2D Hogward game with HD pixel Art when

  • My positive hopes for this Harry Potter / Hogwarts game is mostly based on who is developing. Their Just Cause games have always put fun first and even their Mad Max game was much better than people expected based on it being a movie IP game. This types of articles on PS Blog only further my optimism that something special comes our way when this game releases later this year.

    • This isn’t the same studio though, but they have confusingly similar names. The studio behind Just Cause is called Avalanche Studios, and the one making Hogwarts Legacy is called Avalanche Software.

  • I cant wait til it drops

  • Release date??!!!?????

    • From my understanding it will be sometime in November/December. It can’t come fast enough lol

  • Great article convincing me to buy it on my PS5 not my Xbox Series X with its 20th century controller. I mean I was such an Xbox fan but the content capture is still a joke compared to Playstation, as is the user interface and the reliability of it’s OS. PS5 just works better and is more fun to play. With a bit more graphical oomph on the PS5, my Series X would’ve been a Game Pass device only.

  • Will it come to ps4?????

  • Looking forward to playing this

  • veil_of_nihility

    Not the biggest Harry Potter fan but the series has definitely grown on me. The Universal ride definitely sparked my interest, I hope they keep it going by making a dope game. DualSense is so sick; keep it up playstation!

  • Super excited for the game to release it’s gonna be fun and the graphics will be visually pleasing, but i wish it was still 2 player. Me and the hubs looked forward to playing it together.

  • The game looks good but just fix enemy Ai so they aren’t just standing still shooting spells it will make the game bland, get them more active, unpredictable and maybe force our character to duck behind cover to avoid multiple attacks and then strategical take them out one by one. Also the cloak physics seem a bit off but other than that the game looks amazing.

  • Hopefully there will be a VRR fidelity mode. These current gen are very underpowered already. 1080p or whatever for more than 30 fps is a joke. Bring on mid gen already.

  • I can’t wait for this game to be released. I am going to buy it both on ps5 and pc. I was just wondering if I can share the save files and if I use the dualsense controller on the pc, will the adaptive triggers, house colours etc. still work ? Thank you :D

    • Shared saves, I doubt it, but I hope they use the Dualsense also on PC, that controller really needs more support for PC.

  • Nice that third parties support the Dualsense. Now we need some Harry Potter covers for the PS5.

  • Dualsense is more than enough to convince me to play on PlayStation 5 instead of PC.

  • Let’s go! Next step: release date: :)

  • No I don’t like this I want it for ps4

  • Will witches have a familiar?

  • Will we need PlayStation plus to play online and enjoy the game with friends and will there be a duels option to it to battle rivals?

  • Question: holiday 2022 .. thats in december right? In the netherlands its also in the summer because of the vacation.

  • Hey, if you’re getting Hogwarts Legacy day one, please add me :)

    Lookong for friends to share HL moments with.

  • I don’t know anything about the Harry Potterverse but if this game has full RPG elements in the way I feel/think it will then I am game.

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