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How to use the PS5 DualSense controller on a PC

If you want to use the PS5 DualSense controller on a PC, there are ways to stray from the standard mouse and keyboard experience and enjoy a more traditional approach. Plus, when it comes to controllers, they don’t get much better than the DualSense.

You’ll find that when you’re playing the best PC games, a controller also comes with some great perks, specifically quicker responses, and faster movements. Plus, you can sit back and relax instead of being up close to the screen. PS5 DualSense controller works both wired and wirelessly if your PC supports Bluetooth, but if you want to use it wired, make sure you have a USB-C to USB-A lead.

If you decide to use the PS5 DualSense controller on a PC, bear in mind that the adaptive triggers won’t be utilized when playing most PC games. That being said, Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition, one of the best PS5 features is now available on PC and recently received an update that added full support for the DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

How to use the PS5 DualSense controller on a PC

Steam received an update letting you customize the LED light on the DualSense controller. So, you can now enable/disable it, as well as only illuminating it when multiple controllers are connected. However, sound’s an issue as the controller‘s audio jack isn’t supported on PC, but you can still plug your headphones directly into your PC, or invest in a pair of the best wireless headphones.

If you’ve decided that learning how to use the PS5 DualSense controller on a PC is the path you want to take, the steps below will have you all set up in no time. We also have a handy guide for how to use the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller on a PC, so if you’d prefer to opt for that, we’ve got you covered there too.

PS5 DualSense controller on PC: How to use with Steam

The most popular storefront and game launcher on PC, Steam lets you use the PS5 DualSense controller when running the application. It’s a great choice when using Steam’s TV-friendly ‘Big Picture Mode’.

First, open up Steam and navigate to the top left. Click Steam Settings Controller General Controller Settings. Connect your DualSense using either a wired or wireless connection (see how to connect via Bluetooth below). Once connected, Steam shows that you have a generic controller plugged in, and may even prompt you to configure it. If not, click on the device and select ‘Define Layout’.

From here, you can map the buttons to however you see fit. The touchpad, for instance, can be mapped as a button, but make sure that the triggers (R2 and L2 buttons) are mapped as an analog input, not as a button.

When you’ve finished tweaking things to your preference, save and name the device (it’s probably easiest if you just call it DualSense). Also, make sure you select that it’s a Playstation 4 controller, as this will enable Playstation button prompts in supported titles.

Finally, on the Controller Settings menu, enable Generic Gamepad Configuration Support and Playstation Configuration Support. You should see a tick next to the relevant box. Your DualSense PS5 controller should now work for all of the best Steam games, but make sure it loads the Steam overlay otherwise it might not be recognized.

PS5 DualSense controller on PC: How to connect via USB

If you’re wanting to use the PS5 DualSense controller on a PC, you’ll need to use a USB-C to USB-A cable. The DualSense uses USB type C port, instead of micro USB like the DualShock 4.

Simply plug the cable into both the controller and your PC, an Windows should automatically detect it. If your PC is equipped with dedicated USB-C port, you could also use a USB-C to USB-C cable.

PS5 DualSense controller on PC: How to connect via Bluetooth

The DualSense can connect to your PC via Bluetooth, if you’d like to be wireless. You’ll need to make sure that your PC or laptop has a Bluetooth receiver built in, but if it doesn’t, you can pick up various cheap Bluetooth USB dongles. To connect the PS5 DualSense controller via Bluetooth, hold the central PS Button with the Create button for three seconds. The lightbar in the middle should begin to flash.

Next, you’ll need to open up the Bluetooth settings on your PC. In Windows 10, click on the speech bubble icon in the Taskbar located at the bottom-right corner of your screen. This will open up the Action Center, so from there click ‘Bluetooth’ and then select ‘Wireless Controller’. If you’re asked to enter a pair code, type in 0000. The PS5 DualSense controller should now be connected via Bluetooth to your PC.

PS5 DualSense Edge vs Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2: Which is the better controller for a gaming PC?

The PS5 DualSense Edge was launched earlier this year as a higher-end alternative to the original controller for the platform. Although this is the Japanese console manufacturer’s first attempt at a pro-grade design, Microsoft has been selling its equivalent, the Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2, since 2015. There have been revisions to the Elite controller’s design, and the currently available version is titled Series 2.

Both of these options pack a plethora of extra features and buttons that help improve the gaming experience.

While the choices are pretty straightforward for Playstation and Xbox users, it gets a bit difficult for PC gamers. Both controllers are supported on Windows, which makes choosing between them difficult.

This article will go over the specific details of these DualSense Edge and Elite Wireless and help gamers decide which is the best option for their gaming rigs.

The DualSense Edge and the Xbox Elite Series 2 are some of the best controllers to choose from

Sony launched the DualSense Edge to specifically take on the Xbox Elite Series 2. Microsoft’s high-end controller has been fairly successful over the last few years of its existence. It provides players with a much more robust experience and lets them enjoy their games to the fullest.

Thus, it’s no wonder that the pro-grade Playstation controller borrows a lot of innovations from the Microsoft equivalent. It combines these with what DualSense has to offer: adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and other features, which give the 200 controller a significant edge.

Specifications

On-paper specifications are not representative of what controllers can deliver in real life. However, both the DualSense Edge and the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless controllers have their sets of pros and cons that are evident via a direct comparison.

In the table below, we have also pitched in the standard variations of both controllers for better context.

It is evident that the pro-grade controllers cost almost thrice that of the standard variants. For the extra cash, gamers get custom button mapping, a robust design, interchangeable buttons, and adjustable triggers.

It is worth noting that the major difference between the Sony and Microsoft variants is haptic feedback, motion control, and adaptive triggers. The pro-grade Playstation controller also packs a built-in microphone and improved battery life over the DualSense. To combat this, the Elite Wireless comes with a storage case and a wireless charging dock.

Connectivity and ease of use

The Xbox Elite Series 2 is a clear winner in terms of connectivity and ease of use with a PC. The Microsoft controller is based on the native Xinput API. This is a more modern approach as compared to DirectInput, which DualSense employs on Windows.

Most modern games are designed to utilize the newer API. Thus, players will have to rely on emulation or Steam Input to get the DualSense Edge up and running.

Oftentimes, features like adaptive triggers and haptic feedback might be disabled because of this. Windows recognizes the Playstation variant as an Xbox controller — which doesn’t pack support for the features either way.

Customization options

Customization is one of the main reasons why gamers pay the extra premium for pro-grade controllers. Both the Sony DualSense Edge and the Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2 have enough options. However, each has its own set of advantages.

Both controllers allow gamers to adjust the height of the triggers. They also pack customizable button mappings and profiles. However, the Sony pro-grade offering allows users to swap stick modules. The Xbox controller doesn’t pack this option and only allows the thumbsticks to be replaced.

DualSense controllers are infamous for their stick-drift issues. Interchangeable thumbsticks should help with this, albeit at an extra cost.

The Xbox Elite, on the other hand, packs an interchangeable D-pad and gamers can choose between a faceted and a cross option. The DualSense Edge can only be used with the stock D-pad.

In addition, gamers can fully customize their controller’s design via Xbox Design Lab. The company packs multiple color options, including a 10 custom engraving to personalize the Elite Series 2. Playstation controllers can only be bought in the available color patterns.

Thus, for the average PC gamer, the Xbox Elite Series 2 turns out to be a better option. However, both controllers pack a bunch of customization options and features. But the price difference between the DualSense Edge and the Xbox Elite controller shifts the favor towards Microsoft’s design.

DualSense Edge not working on PC

April. last edited May by EA_Leeuw

The standard DualSense is working fine, since the haptics and adaptive triggers features are supported for this game on PC (thanks for that!), I hope is not a big deal to also have the DualSense Edge controller recognized in a future patch.

Re: Dualsense Edge controller isn’t being detected.

Just to let you all know. Unfortunately, the DualSense Edge controller is not officially supported for STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor™️ on PC. Only the DualSense (no Edge) is supported.

However, we appreciate the feedback and it has been passed on to the teams.

Re: DualSense Edge not detected EA app

@heysoo5 You can get the Edge to work if you enable Playstation in the Steam Controller settings, but the game detects it as an Xbox controller and doesn’t switch to the DualSense layout like it does if you’re using one of those. But yes I hope they patch that soon.

Dual Sense Edge Controller not recognized on PC via wired connection.

Dual Sense Edge Controller not recognized on PC via wired connection.

Standard Dual Sense Controller works as expected.

Is anyone experiencing the same issue?

Dualsense Edge controller isn’t being detected.

Product : STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor Platform : PC Summarize your bug When using a Dualsense controller on Jedi Survivor i noticed that it was functional, but when i tried with my Dualsense Edge controller (which Sony claims is supposed to function like a DualSense controller just with extra programmable buttons) it won’t detect anything. How often does the bug occur? Every time (100%) Steps: How can we find the bug ourselves? Plug in a DualSense Edge controller What happens when the bug occurs? Nothing. What do you expect to see? the controller operates like a DualSense controller

I’ve noticed this issue with a few other games as well. Not sure if its on Sony‘s part but they told me it was on the developers part to support these controllers. I would really love to try the Haptic feedback and Adaptive triggers in your game.

Sony’s controller is brilliant in the hand, but battery issues make that 200 cost even harder to swallow

Tom’s Guide Verdict

The DualSense Edge is a fantastic, highly customizable controller that should be easier to recommend than it actually is. If it was 50 cheaper and battery life was a little better, the DualSense Edge would be the best gamepad Sony has ever made. Unfortunately, the performance-to-price ratio is skewed.

Pros

  • Higher-end version of the excellent DualSense
  • Metallic back buttons are a game-changer
  • Sony’s customizable software is awesome
  • Works surprisingly well as a PC controller

Cons

  • – Too expensive
  • – Battery performance simply isn’t good enough
  • – Grips can discolor quickly

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As Sony’s first official premium PS5 controller and a direct rival to Microsoft’s excellent Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, the DualSense Edge has hefty boots to fill. At 200, not only is it more expensive than the 180 Elite Series 2, it costs nearly four times what the regular 60 DualSense retails for — and that’s already one of the best PC game controllers ever made.

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Can such an expensive gamepad really justify its sky-high 200 / £210 price tag? The answer is… kind of.

With brilliant rear paddles, intuitive customization options that let you remap every button, swappable thumbsticks and premium-feeling performance grips, this is a gaming accessory that gives you far more options than the regular PS5 DualSense controller.

As much as I adore the DualSense Edge’s premium finish, and the fact it builds on those brilliant fundamentals established by the default DualSense, that 200 / £210 RRP is a hard sell. This is a pad I love so much I’ve bought two of them, but for entirely the wrong reasons. Read on to find out why.

DualSense Edge review: Design

If you’ve held the regular DualSense for even a few minutes, the design, feel and weight of the Edge will be instantly familiar; though there are subtle differences. You get the same adaptive triggers, haptic feedback and gyrometer features of the normal PS5 pad wrapped up in a classier package.

Everything about the DualSense Edge feels more premium. Weighing in at 11.7 ounces, Sony’s high-end PS5 gamepad is around 15% heavier than the normal DualSense. This added heft is welcome, and makes the Edge’s presence feel assured and steady, without being overly weighty.

The headline update really is those back paddles, though. I’m absolutely obsessed with them.

The Edge comes bundled with two pairs of these optional back buttons — one set shaped like stubby crescent moons, the other more like conventional levers. Both sets of paddles boast a classy metallic quality, and though I’ve swapped between both regularly, I normally fall back on the lever-style triggers that most closely resemble the back buttons on the Xbox Elite Series 2.

I’d say it’s a shame the DualSense Edge is limited to two back buttons when Microsoft’s high-end gamepad is treated to four. But honestly, I’ve always felt using two sets of triggers on the Elite Series 2 to be somewhat awkward, so I’m perfectly happy with the Edge’s more minimalist configuration.

The fact you can swap out the Edge’s stick modules is also worth highlighting. I’m incredibly lucky in that I’ve never owned a controller that suffered from stick drift, but I realize I’m probably in the (fortunate) minority on that front.

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That Sony gives you the option to swap out faulty sticks for replacements modules — which cost 20 / £20 — is a canny move that ensures a problem analog stick is no longer a controller-ruining issue. The swapping process is pleasingly simple, too. Thanks to a slider on the rear of the Edge, you can simply pop the sticks out without the need of a screwdriver.

There are other improvements, too. The DualSense Edge gets its own clam-shaped case to house not only this premium gamepad but its accessories — four additional thumbsticks and a 9-foot charging cable. I’ve rarely used the optional sticks, though I expect owners of both next-gen consoles will appreciate at least one pair of the Edge’s analog inputs resemble the thumbsticks of the Xbox Elite Series 2.

There are also subtle quality of life improvements to the Edge’s touchpad and triggers. L2 and R2 now boast three separate stop sliders to reduce travel distance, which is a feature that should come in handy for hardcore first-person shooter players. Said triggers and a sturdier feeling touchpad are also adorned with tiny Playstation shape symbols that provide a slightly more tactile feeling of touch and grip than the normal DualSense.

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DualSense Edge review: Customization

The Elite Series 2 and its Xbox Accessories app have thrown down the gauntlet when it comes to highly bespoke first-party controller customization. So credit to the designers at Sony for matching Xbox’s brilliant gamepad blow for blow in this area.

When it comes to customization options, the DualSense Edge goes above and beyond. Thanks to the Function keys that sit neatly below both analog sticks, you can assign up to four onboard custom button profiles at any time — one more than the Elite Series 2.

Currently, I have bespoke profiles mapped out for the brilliant Resident Evil 4 remake, Returnal, Cyberpunk 2077 and the timeless Shadow of the Colossus redux. Switching between stored profiles is as simple as holding a Fn key and clicking one of the iconic Triangle, Circle, X and Square buttons.

In a further welcome touch, you can set as many unassigned profiles as you wish, which is handy for obsessives like me who like to lean on multiple on-the-fly custom button layouts.

You can also tweak the DualSense Edge’s vibration and trigger sensitivity, while a streamlined settings menu lets you twiddle with trigger deadzones and the brightness of controller indicators. All of these additions live under their own ‘DualSense Edge Wireless Controller’ menu, which can be found under Settings Accessories. Sony has even included an optional welcome tour mode to guide you through the Edge’s unique features.

The DualSense Edge is a highly customizable pad that I’ve taken great pleasure in fiddling with to the max. Sometimes I want to access my Cyberpunk 2077 profile — where I’ve assigned the main conversation button to the rear right paddle. At other times, I’ll instantly switch to the Returnal profile where I can slice down alien beasties with the left back button.

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Regardless, the DualSense Edge’s intuitive customization options make tweaking profiles a breeze.

DualSense Edge review: Gaming performance

The highest compliment I can pay the DualSense Edge is that I’ve owned it for close to two months; during that time, I’ve rarely wanted to switch back to my three regular DualSense gamepads.

I love, love, loooooove those back buttons. So much so, I’ve barely touched the default X button since owning the Edge. My go-to custom profile on the DualSense Edge? Immediately mapping X to the rear left paddle. There’s something about the ‘clickiness’ of those metallic inputs I just can’t resist.

The DualSense Edge is also one of the best PC controllers. Thanks to recent Steam updates, you can assign commands to its rear paddles and even use the Function keys as extra special buttons. Right now, I’m currently using the Edge’s right Fn button to take screenshots when using Steam. Talk about handy!

There’s a colossal BUT when it comes to performance, though. And when I say colossal, imagine a problem as lofty as of one of the apartment block-sized Tallnecks Aloy regularly scales in Horizon Forbidden West.

The battery life of the DualSense Edge sucks.

After over a month of heavy usage, I find that the Edge is usually out of juice after as little of 5 hours of gameplay. Somehow, this is even worse than the 6 or 7 hours you may squeeze out of the regular DualSense — and that’s a controller which costs a fraction of the Edge. If you think that’s unacceptable, consider the fact Microsoft’s Series X’s Elite Series 2 can happily go up to 40 hours between charges.

There’s no doubt the DualSense Edge is a terrifically well-made controller, but its battery life lets it down big time. In fact, it’s so bad, I’ve ended up buying two Edges just so I can keep at least one in regular rotation while I charge its substitute.

When you have to buy the most expensive Playstation gamepad ever made twice, something has gone wrong at the RD level.

And I’ve got one more annoying gripe left in my system. Those premium molded plastic grips feel lovely to the touch, but hoo-boy do they deteriorate quickly. After owning a pair of DualSense Edges for a month or so, I can confirm the grips on both are now a sadly tainted yellow. Perhaps my exceptionally sweaty palms are to blame, but it feels like both a design defect — and the number one reason to release a black DualSense Edge ASAP.

DualSense Edge review: Verdict

The DualSense Edge offers easy to appreciate upgrades over the regular DualSense. When you consider the default first-party PS5 gamepad is already one of the greatest controllers ever made, that’s hardly small potatoes.

And yet I remain conflicted. I love this controller so much, I’ve bought two of them, despite some shortcomings. I’m such a sucker for playing my favorite games with Playstation buttons and triggers across both PS5 and my GeForce RTX 4090-powered PC that I can almost overlook those battery issues.

If your gaming history lies with Playstation and you want to experience the best PS5 games in never-better fashion or play one of the increasingly strong ports of the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man on PC, the DualSense Edge is an excellent option.

Just be wary that you’re going to have to charge it… a lot.

from Tom’s Guide