The twilight of the PlayStation 4 is upon us, but there are still some great exclusives coming to the console and doing innovative things—especially with the touchpad! The Last of Us Part II includes what is arguably the most technically impressive music-centric mini-game with its in-game guitar mechanic, and Ghost of Tsushima is no slouch either when it comes to making use of the DualShock 4. There’s a lot you can do with the controller’s biggest button, but it can be a little tricky getting it all down.
Using the touchpad in Ghost of Tsushima
There are five unique things you can use the touchpad to do in Ghost of Tsushima:
|Press||Activate focused hearing|
|Swipe right||Draw or sheath sword|
|Swipe left||Play flute|
|Swipe up||Use guiding wind|
You’ll be using the touchpad to activate the guiding wind more than anything else, but the button’s other functionalities are pretty great—there is little that is cooler than whipping out your flute to play a tune as you slowly approach a group of Mongols and challenge one to a standoff.
You can easily use it to put away your blade, as well, since Jin often takes forever to do that automatically. The touchpad can be a little spotty, though, especially if you accidentally press it and activate focused hearing when you meant to bow to a nearby merchant. However, you won’t have to worry about accidentally doing that when in a combat encounter. Certain functions of the touchpad will get taken away in certain areas to limit any accidents.