How to Use Your PS5 Controller on PC

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Unleash the DualSense Experience:

The 's DualSense controller is a game-changer, quite literally. With its innovative features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, it offers an unparalleled level of immersion. But who says you can only experience this magic on a ? The good news is, you can leverage the DualSense's brilliance on your as well!

This guide equips you with the knowledge to connect your DualSense controller to your , both wirelessly and via USB cable. We'll also explore how to configure it for optimal use with Steam, ensuring you get the most out of your gaming experience.

Gear Up for DualSense on :

Before diving in, make sure you have the necessary tools:

  • Your trusty DualSense wireless controller
  • A USB-C to USB-C cable or a USB-C to USB-A cable (depending on your preferred connection method)
  • A Bluetooth adapter (if your lacks built-in Bluetooth)

Going Wireless: Pairing Your DualSense with

1. Unleash the Settings Menu: Head over to your 's settings. You can access this through the Start menu or by searching “Bluetooth” in the taskbar search bar.

2. Activate Bluetooth: Click the Bluetooth toggle to switch it on. If your PC doesn't have Bluetooth, you'll need to connect a Bluetooth adapter for wireless pairing.

3. Prepare for Pairing: Click the “Add Device” button and select Bluetooth from the list.

4. Put Your DualSense in Pairing Mode: With the controller powered off, hold down the PS button and the Create button (the small button next to the touchpad) until the light under the touchpad starts blinking rapidly.

5. Find Your Controller: You should now see the “DualSense Wireless Controller” pop up in the list of available Bluetooth devices.

6. Connect and Conquer: Click on the controller's name to initiate pairing. Voila! Your DualSense is now connected to your PC.

How to Connect PS5 DualSense Controller on PC/ via USB Cable

  1. DualSense controller has a USB-C port and your PC may have USB-A or USB-C port. Depending on what ports you want to use for the connection, you will need either a USB-A to USB-C or a USB-C to USB-C data transfer cable.
  2. Plug one end of the cable into the DualSense USB-C port and the other end into your chosen port of the PC/Laptop.
  3. Wait until Windows recognises the wireless controller.
  4. Once you see a light glowing under the touchpad, it means your DualSense controller is now ready to use.

Do note that with this method, Windows will also pick the DualSense controller as the preferred mode for sound output. You will need to change this from Sound Output settings if you want to opt for some other device like a Bluetooth headphone or a speaker.


Can I play PC games with the DualSense controller?

Yes, you can! However, keep in mind that not all games offer full compatibility.

Does DualSense work with all PC games?

No, compatibility varies. Even for supported games, the level of DualSense features utilized might differ.

Do all DualSense features work on PC?

It depends on the game. Some titles offer native DualSense support, allowing you to experience haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Research a specific game to see if it supports these features.

What if my DualSense disconnects from PC?

For wired connections, check the controller, cable, and ports for any damage. Ensure you're using a data transfer cable, not just a charging cable. For Bluetooth connections, try disconnecting and re-pairing the controller.

With this knowledge in your arsenal, you're ready to unleash the true potential of your DualSense controller and experience PC gaming in a whole new light!

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