How to Connect a PS5 Controller to a PC

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The PlayStation 5Sony’s DualSense controller is Sony’s best in a long time. It’s comfortable, fits large and medium hands, textured, and has clicky, responsive buttons. On the PS5, it even offers detailed haptic feedback and triggers with resistance that can adjust depending on the game you’re playing.

Just because you’re gaming on PC doesn’t mean you have to use a keyboard and mouse. Some games make more sense with a controller, or maybe you just want to relax on the couch with your PC hooked up to a TV. And you can connect a PS5 controller to your PC.

Microsoft and PlayStation may be rivals in the gaming space, but ultimately the PS5 controller connects via Bluetooth, so it’s easy enough to hook it up to your PC to play. With this tutorial, we’ll hook you up and help you set up your PS5 controller for use on a PC.

Here’s how to connect a PS5 controller to a PC:

Connect a PS5 controller to a PC via Bluetooth or wired

There are two ways to connect your PS5 controller to a PC. The first way is to use the wire supplied with. Plug the USB Type-C end into the DualSens, as if you were going to charge it, but insert the USB Type-A end into one of your PC’s USB ports. Boom — your controller is wired. According to PlayStation’s definition, this is how you get official support.

The biggest advantage of connecting to a PC this way is that some PC games can use PS5 controller haptics, but they usually require a wired connection.

That being said, it’s more comfortable to play wirelessly. For this, you must use Bluetooth. To connect a PS5 controller to a PC via Bluetooth:

1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth & Devices in Windows.

2. Click “Add device”.

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3. Choose “Bluetooth”.

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4. Press and hold the PS and Share buttons on your PS5 controller until the lighting around the touchpad turns blue and begins to flash rapidly. The share button is the one just to the left of the touchpad.

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5. Select “Wireless Controller” in the list of Bluetooth devices.

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The PS5 controller will connect to your PC and you will receive a confirmation message that you are good to go. Some games will recognize PlayStation’s DirectInput drivers and even allow key remapping. But many require a little extra work.

On a Mac? Go to Settings > Bluetooth and press the same buttons on the PS5 controller. macOS Ventura immediately recognizes it as a DualSense controller, rather than something generic.

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PS5 Controller Setup in Steam

On Windows, the best way to configure a PS5 controller is to use Steam, specifically its “Big Picture Mode”.

1. Enter Big Picture mode by going to View > Overview or by clicking on the corresponding icon in the upper right corner of the Steam window.

2. From here you can move around with the PS5 controller. Go to Settings > Controller Settings.

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3. Check “PlayStation Configuration Support”. This is particularly important as it will allow you to customize your PS5 controls for Steam games and Big Picture Mode in the main settings menu.

From here you can also click “Preferencesto give your controller a name, change rumble options, and change its light color. (I like to turn the brightness all the way down to save battery.)

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There’s also a “calibrate” option, although you shouldn’t need to touch it unless you’re having issues with the controllers or gyroscopes.

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Using the PS5 controller outside of Steam

Not all games are on Steam, but you can still use Steam’s excellent DualSense support for games from other launchers, like the Epic Games Store. From Steam, go to Games > Add a non-Steam game to my library…” and find the titles you want to use through the Steam Overlay.

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Alternatively, you can try other programs. A favorite I’ve tried is DS4Windows, which takes inputs from your gamepad and maps them to a “virtual” supported by Windows. This route is worth trying if you don’t want to add games via Steam, or perhaps if you play emulated games.

Some games with button prompts may not support PlayStation 5 controller buttons. Sometimes community mods can handle this, but in other cases it might be more useful to memorize which PS5 buttons correspond to which Xbox controller buttons.

What to do if you have sound problems

If your audio stops working when using a PS5 controller on a PC, check your audio settings. The PS5 controller has a built-in speaker that sometimes plays sounds during games. However, it does not play well as a Windows speaker, although your PC may recognize it as such. Be sure to switch back to your speakers, headphones, or monitor if this happens.

This only happened when the PS5 controller is connected with a USB cable.

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