The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is one of the biggest advancements in controller design to date, adding advanced haptic feedback to Sony’s new console. For games that get the most out of it, like Astro Game Room, the effect it has on the gaming experience can change the rules of the game. Like most other console controllers, the DualSense can also be used to play PC games, albeit without the full benefit of features like variable resistance triggers. For those who need to get a little more out of the DualSense, here’s how to connect the PS5 controller to the PC.
While the bad news is that the DualSense works like any other controller on the PC, the good news is that, well, the DualSense works like any other controller. It may lack the PS5-specific features that make it so prominent when connected to a PC, but it’s also easy to set up and use, whether you want to connect via USB cable or Bluetooth.
How to connect a PS5 controller to a PC with USB
Connecting the PS5 controller to a PC with a USB cable is probably the preferred option for most people as it is extremely easy to do and you don’t risk draining the DualSense’s battery during a gaming session. Just plug the DualSense into a USB-C to USB-A cable (like the one that came with the PS5) and plug the other end into your PC. If your PC has a USB-C port, you can also use a regular USB-C cable. If you’re buying a new DualSense on its own, rather than using one that came with the console, keep in mind that it won’t come with its own cable.
How to connect a PS5 controller to a PC with Bluetooth
If your computer has built-in Bluetooth capability or has a separate Bluetooth adapter, you can also connect the DualSense wirelessly. The process is the same as for connecting any wireless controller. Just press and hold the PS button and the Create button on the DualSense to start pairing. On your PC, navigate to the Bluetooth and other devices menu and click Add Bluetooth or other device, then select the Bluetooth option. When the connection is made, the PS5 controller will show as wireless controller in the menu.
How to use a PS5 controller on PC with Steam
The main caveat for using a PS5 controller on PC is that not all games will recognize it natively. Fortunately, Valve added limited DualSense support to Steam almost as soon as the PS5 was released, and continues to add features. All games on Steam with controller support can now be played with DualSense, and features like motion controls, vibration, and the lightbar should work as they did for the PS4 controller, although new features like adaptive triggers have yet to. do they work.
An update released shortly after the launch of the PS5 made full DualSense support (which was only available in beta at first) available to all Steam users. However, if Steam doesn’t automatically recognize your controller, or if you just want to change its settings manually, you can still configure the controller yourself. To set up your DualSense with Steam, simply open Steam with the controller connected and navigate to the Controller menu below Settings. Open Controller general settings and find your PS5 controller (which may appear as Sony’s interactive entertainment wireless controller) and you can configure each button individually, just like any other controller.
If you find that your PS5 controller is not working with a game outside of Steam, there is even a workaround for that. On Steam, just click Games in the top toolbar, then Add a non-Steam game to my library. You can add any installed game to Steam from this menu and enjoy all the benefits of Steam’s DualSense support.