DualSense for PlayStation 5 is one hell of a console. Thanks to advanced haptic motors and “adaptive” actuators, it feels like no console you’ve used before. When I use it on the PS5, that is it. Since Sony did not manufacture a DualSense driver for Windows, the only games that can fully take advantage of the advanced DualSense features are exclusive to the Sony controller. No one tells us if we will see PC games take advantage of adaptive players or a surprisingly good built-in speaker. But thanks to Steam, we can at least use the DualSense controller on PC now.
Within just two weeks of launch, Steam added full support for DualSense controller, making use of touches and gyroscopes and adding these features to its controller configuration tools. Here’s a quick guide on how to use DualSense for PS5 on PC via USB cable or Bluetooth connection.
Connectivity: wired or bluetooth
DualSense connectivity via wired or bluetooth
This part of the setup is a snap. To connect the console to your computer via USB, you’ll need a USB-C to USB-A cable for your computer (or a USB-C to C cable if you have a suitable C port). While the PlayStation 5 controller does come with one packed, the DualSense sold on its own does not. the problem! Get your hands on a cable, plug it in, and you’ll be on your way.
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To use DualSense over Bluetooth, you’ll need a USB Bluetooth adapter (or a motherboard with built-in Bluetooth technology). To connect, open the Bluetooth & other devices menu in Windows By pressing the Windows key and typing “Bluetooth”. Then click “Add Bluetooth or another device” and the first item on the next menu says “Bluetooth”. Your computer will start searching for available devices.
On DualSense, Hold down the PlayStation logo button and the share button (Small on the left of the touchpad) so the LEDs around the touchpad start to flash quickly. Within a few seconds, the Wireless Controller should appear in the list of Bluetooth devices to connect to. Just tap on it to end pairing.
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DualSense will now be accessed in Windows using the DirectInput driver, which is Some It will familiarize you with the games and allow you to recreate the controls. But many of today’s PC games are built on Microsoft’s newest XInput driver for Xbox consoles, so DualSense would be pretty limited without some help. This is where Steam comes in.
Steam console setup
Steam added initial support for DualSense in a beta client that was released on November 12th. Using the beta client is the easiest way to run DualSense on PC, even if you want to use it for non-Steam games (more on how to do it in a minute). To switch to the Steam beta client, open the Steam menu> Settings> Account> and click “Change” under “Beta Sharing” to sign up for the beta client. You will need to update and restart Steam to download the latest version.
Now let’s get the console to work. To start, connect DualSense to your computer via wire or Bluetooth as shown above. Once connected, open Steam and launch Big Picture Mode. You should see that DualSense is now recognized and listed as a PlayStation 5 controller. Steam will automatically configure keybinds to mimic the Xbox controller layout; Triangle button is Y, square button is X, etc.
You can choose calibration to adjust joystick sensitivity, preferences to give the controller a name, enable / disable rumble, and configure the color and brightness of the LED strip around the touchpad.
Important advice here: Make sure to select PlayStation Configuration Support If you want to customize the layout of your DualSense controller or the gyro controls. With this button selected, you can press the PlayStation logo button on any Steam console to pull up the Steam controller configuration screen. Reminder: The console component is only available through Steam Big Picture mode.
From this screen, you can toggle button links, change how the touchpad works (it can do separate left and right clicks) and also configure the gyroscope, if you want to use gyroscopic aiming. You can too Create work groups and work layers To enable completely different button bindings and then switch to them on the go in the game. For example, if you only want to use the gyro controls while you are in a plane in GTA, you can create an action set for it and launch it by pressing a specific key any time you jump in a plane.
If you just want your DualSense to run like any old gamepad, you can leave this screen alone, without making any adjustments.
Games other than Steam
How to use DualSense with games other than Steam
If you want to use DualSense in a game that you own, for example, the Epic Games Store, there is a solution that should work for almost anything, even emulators. The easy way to do this: bring Steam back into the picture. Steam includes an “add to library” feature for Windows executables that allow you to add other programs to your Steam library, then take advantage of Steam Overlay.
As you can see in the image above, click on the “Games” menu in Steam, then choose the option “Add a Non-Steam game to my library …” to display the list of programs on your computer. In most cases, this should allow you to add a game and use a console with Steam serving as a middleman. Until we have a fan-made driver or utility like DS4Windows designed to make us a complete DualSense, this is the way to go.