The PlayStation 5The DualSense controller from Sony is the best in a while. It’s easy to use, suitable for large and medium-sized hands, and features clicky, responsive buttons. It even has haptic feedback and resistance triggers that you can adjust depending on what game you are playing.
You don’t need a mouse and keyboard just because you are playing on a PC. Some games work better with a controller. You might also prefer to sit down on the couch with your computer connected to a TV. You can also connect your PS5 controller to your computer.
While Microsoft and PlayStation might be competitors in the gaming industry, the PS5 controller connects via Bluetooth, so it’s easy to connect it with your computer. This tutorial will help you connect your PS5 controller to a computer.
Here’s how you connect a PS5 controller with a computer:
Bluetooth or Wire: Connect your PS5 Controller with your PC
There are two ways you can connect your PS5 controller and a PC. The first is to Use the wire that came with it. Connect the USB Type C end of the DualSens to your computer, just like you are going to charge it. However, the USB Type A end should be plugged into one of the USB ports on your computer. Boom — your controller is connected in wired mode. According to PlayStation’s definition, this will allow you to get official support.
Connecting to a PC via this method has the greatest advantage: Some PC games can utilize the PS5 controllers’ haptics. But, they usually require a wired connection.
However, wireless play is more convenient. Bluetooth is required for that. To connect a PS5 controller to a PC over Bluetooth:
1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth & Devices Windows.
2. Click “Add device.”
3. Select “Bluetooth”.
4. Hold the PS or Share buttons on your PS5 controller Until the lighting around your touchpad turns blue, and then flashes quickly. The share button can be found just to the left side of the touchpad.
5. Select “Wireless controller” You can find the complete list of Bluetooth devices here.
After the controller is connected to your computer, you will receive a confirmation message that indicates that you are ready to go. Some games will recognize DirectInput drivers from the PlayStation and allow key mapping. Some games may require some extra work.
What is the best way to use a Mac? Go to Settings > Bluetooth Press the same buttons on your PS5 controller. macOS Ventura recognizes the DualSense controller immediately and not as something generic.
Installing the PS5 Controller on Steam
On Windows, the best way to set up a PS5 controller is to use Steam, specifically its “Big Picture Mode.”
1. Go to www.bigpicturemode.com to enter the Big Picture Mode View > Big Picture Click the icon in the upper-right corner of Steam Window to activate it.
2. Here you can use the PS5 controller to move about. Go to Settings > Controller Settings.
3. You can check “PlayStation Configuration Support.” This is particularly important as it allows you to customize your PS5 controls in Steam games and big-picture mode.
You can also click here “Preferences“To give your controller a name and to change the rumble options or change the light color, click here. I like to reduce the brightness to conserve battery life.
There is also an option to “calibrate”, but you don’t have to touch it unless you’re experiencing problems with your joysticks or gyros.
Use the PS5 Controller outside of Steam
Steam does not have every game, but you can still make use of Steam’s DualSense support for games that are launched by other launchers like Epic Games Store. You can access Steam at Games > Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library…” Use the Steam Overlay to search for titles.
Alternativly, you might also consider other programs. My favorite program is DS4WindowsThe program maps your inputs to a virtual Windows gamepad using the inputs of your gamepad. If you don’t wish to add games via Steam or if you are playing emulated games, this route is worth considering.
Some games may not support buttons for the PlayStation 5 controller. Community mods may be able to handle this, but it is sometimes easier to remember which buttons on the PS5 correspond to which buttons on the Xbox controller.
What to do if you have sound issues
You can check your audio settings to see if the sound stops working after you have used a PS5 controller on your PC. You can hear sounds from the built-in speaker on your PS5 controller, which sometimes plays during games. However, it doesn’t work as a Windows speaker. Your PC might recognize it. If this happens, make sure you switch back to your speakers or headset.
This happened only once, and that was when my PS5 controller was connected to a USB cable.