Forbidden West’s Gyro Aim Turns Your DualSense Into A Bow & Arrow

While tinkering with the settings, a Horizon Forbidden West player discovered a new gyro aim feature that transforms the way you play on DualSense.

Guerrilla Games added a new gyro aim feature to Horizon Forbidden West that transforms the DualSense controller into a bow and arrow. Of course, gyro controls have existed for years, though they often felt like little more than a gimmick. In recent years, however, they’ve arguably become much more sophisticated, evidenced by the use of gyro in an experience like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Even Fortnite features gyro controls on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, and Android platforms.

Despite their prominence during the PS3 and PS Vita era, motion controls took a backseat for PlayStation during the eighth console generation. The first Uncharted title boasted gyro, for instance, so, too, did Uncharted: Golden Abyss on Vita. Understandably, the gimmick’s increasingly bad reputation meant no such options were available in the likes of Uncharted 4. As an assistant aiming mechanic, gyro still managed to wiggle its way into a couple of things here and there, though. Gravity Rush 2 on PS4 included motion controls, due in large part to their prevalence in the first entry on PS Vita. And Golden Abyss developer Bend Studio added similar controls for the DualShock 4 in Days Gone. Might gyro make a comeback this generation?


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On the eve of Horizon Forbidden West’s eagerly-anticipated release, Twitter user and game reviewer hyperdominance shared an under-reported detail about the upcoming RPG’s newest features. Guerrilla Games has introduced gyro controls to the world of Horizona gameplay option that’s apparently “buried deep” in the menu settings. Such an implementation of motion controls means players can move the DualSense around to aim Aloy’s bow and arrow; according to hypedomi, this makes targeting enemies “so much easier” as demonstrated in the following video:

The above clip suggests Horizon Forbidden West’s gyro controls were intricately tuned to better immerse players in the experience. Of course, individual users will have to decide that much for themselves, but it seems as though the feature will at least warrant a trial or two when the sequel launches. Presumably, the DualShock 4 controller on PS4 should boast similar gyro options.

Set after the events of Horizon Zero Dawn, Forbidden West follows Aloy into what was once the western part of the United States. The hero’s new mission drops her into a mystery surrounding a dangerous blight, one that could prove detrimental to all life on Earth. Notably, the machines appear deadlier than ever, especially since many have fallen into the hands of tribes who don’t harbor the best of intentions.

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Horizon: Forbidden West hits PS4 and PS5 on February 18.

Source: hypedomi/Twitter

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