The PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller is one of the biggest leaps in controller design ever, adding advanced haptic feedback to Sony’s new console. For games that make the most of it, such as Astro’s playroom, the effect it has on the gaming experience can really change the game. Like most other console controllers, the DualSense can also be used to play games on PC, but without the full benefit of features such as variable resistance triggers. For those who need to get a little more mileage out of the DualSense, here’s how to connect the PS5 controller to the PC.
While the bad news is that the DualSense works just like any other controller on PC, the good news is that the DualSense works just like any other controller. It may lack the PS5-specific features that make it so obvious when connected to a PC, but it̵
How to connect a PS5 controller to a PC via USB
Connecting the PS5 controller to a PC with a USB cable is probably the best option for most people as it is extremely easy to do and does not run the risk of the DualSense’s battery draining during a gaming session. Just plug the DualSense into a USB-C to USB-A cable (like the one that comes 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 just buying a new DualSense, rather than using one that comes with the console, keep in mind that it doesn’t come with its own cable.
Connecting a PS5 controller to a PC via Bluetooth
If your computer has built-in Bluetooth capability or if you have a separate Bluetooth adapter, you can also connect the DualSense wirelessly. The process is the same as connecting a wireless controller. Simply press and hold the PS button and the Create button on the DualSense to initiate pairing. Navigate to the Bluetooth and other devices menu and click Add Bluetooth or another devicethen select the Bluetooth option. When the connection is established, the PS5 controller will appear as Wireless Controller in the menu.
How to use a PS5 controller on PC with Steam
The main drawback to using a PS5 controller on PC is that not all games will recognize it natively. Thankfully, Valve added limited DualSense support to Steam almost as soon as the PS5 was released, and continues to add features. Any game on Steam with controller support is now playable with the DualSense, and features like gesture controls, rumble, and the light bar should work just like they did for the PS4 controller, although new features like adaptive triggers still won’t work.
An update released shortly after the PS5’s launch made full DualSense support (which was initially only available in beta) available to all Steam users. However, if Steam doesn’t automatically recognize your controller, or if you just want to manually change the settings, you can still configure the controller yourself. To configure your DualSense with Steam, open Steam with the controller connected and navigate to it Controller menu below Settings. Open General controller settings and find your PS5 controller (which may be listed as Sony Interactive Entertainment Wireless Controller) and you can configure each individual button just like any other controller.
If you find that your PS5 controller doesn’t work with a game outside of Steam, there is even a solution for that. In Steam, simply click Spell 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.