While you may be waiting for a PS5, there is a way for you to use the DualSense controller right now, and that’s on a Windows 10 PC. Now, you might prefer to use a mouse and keyboard with your PC games, and that’s perfectly fine. . But some games, even on PC, feel better with a controller.
You might think the new Xbox Wireless Controller is the best fit for this. And that’s certainly true for some players. But some of you might prefer Sony Playstation controllers to those from Microsoft and the Xbox range.
The only problem you might face is how to use the PS5 DualSense controller with your Windows 10 PC. Especially if you have never set one up before. Don’t worry. This handy guide will walk you through the steps to follow. So you can start playing games as soon as possible.
How to use the PS5 DualSense controller with Windows 10
Before you can walk you have to learn to crawl, and it’s really no different here. You cannot use the PS5 controller with Windows 10 devices until you first pair it with the device. In this case, a desktop or laptop computer.
So let’s start there. As pairing Bluetooth devices can sometimes be tricky.
Pair your PS5 controller with your Windows 10 PC using a USB cable
There are two methods to pair your PS5 controller with your PC. The first being the proven method of connecting via the USB-C cable.
You should no longer have to keep the controller connected while in use. Once it’s paired, it’s paired and you should be able to unplug the controller. However, keep in mind that you can just keep it plugged in at all times. If you don’t want to waste battery on it.
If you are looking for wireless playback, first plug the controller into the PC using a USB-A to USB-C cable. Your PC should tell you to configure the controller and prepare it for the system. If you don’t see this or missed the pop-up, you can check the control panel to see if the system has recognized the PS5 controller.
Open the control panel
Press the Windows key on your keyboard and type Control Panel in the search box. Then once in the control panel, click on Hardware and Sound, then finally Devices and Printers.
Under Devices and Printers, you should see a wireless controller listed as one of the devices connected to your PC.
If you use Steam for your PC games, you’re in luck because most games probably already support the controller. Because most games on Steam already support the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller.
Launch Steam and click on the View tab at the top of the launcher. Then click on the settings option.
Access the controller settings menu
In the main settings menu, click on the controller menu to display the various controller configuration parameters. Here you should see that Steam has recognized the controller as a PS5 DualSense controller.
There’s also a box that’s probably already checked by default and titled PlayStation Setup Support. If that box is unchecked, tick it and you should be good to go.
That’s about all it takes to pair the controller using the USB-C cable. But you can still pair the controller via bluetooth.
Pair your PS5 DualSense controller via Bluetooth
To start with the Bluetooth method, you need to make sure that your PC can see your controller. And to do this, it must be in pairing mode.
Put the PS5 DualSense controller into pairing mode
It’s really easy to do. Simply press and hold the create button on the left side of the controller next to the D-Pad and the PlayStation button, at the same time.
Continue to hold both buttons down until the LED lights along the edge of the touchpad begin to flash blue continuously. It should take about 2-3 seconds.
Find the controller on your PC
With the DualSense controller in pairing mode now, open your PC’s settings menu and click on devices.
Click Add Bluetooth or other device
At the very top of the Bluetooth menu inside settings, click on the button that says add Bluetooth or other device. This will then start searching for all Bluetooth devices that are in pairing mode.
As long as your controller is still in pairing mode when you search, you should see it appear as “wireless controller”. Click on it and let it connect. From there, if you’re already signed in to Steam, or as soon as you sign in, Steam should automatically recognize the controller setup if you’ve used a Sony controller with Steam before.
If this is your first time using a Sony controller with Steam, be sure to go to the controller settings menu as mentioned above and check the box labeled PlayStation Setup Support.