How to set up your DualSense controller on PC for Steam, Epic Games and more

Rizwan Anwer
Rizwan Anwer
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If you’ve gotten your hands on a DualSense controller and are eager to try it out on your PC, follow this handy video guide to help guide you through the installation and compatibility process to get it running at its optimal level. The video guide will tell you How to set up a DualSense controller on your PC and achieving maximum compatibility with a good majority of PC games.

How to set up your DualSense controller on PC

If you’re one of the lucky individuals to get your hands on a DualSense controller early, you might be lacking a PS5 to play on. However, if you have a PC or a phone you want to try the controller with, the controller works just as good, if you don’t mind missing out on the PS5 advantage features like the enhanced audio, haptic feedback and other PS5 exclusive features tied between console and the game.

All you need to get started are a couple of softwares, and a USB-A to C or a USB-C to USB-C cable if you have a port on your motherboard or laptop.

With the help of the steps in the video guide, you can set up your PlayStation 5 DualSense controller to operate like a faux Xbox 360 controller. This is because the Xbox 360 controller and the Xbox One controller have unmatched controller support on the PC.

Due to Sony’s lack of support for the DualShock 4, and maybe the DualSense, you will have to emulate your DualSense controller to present itself as an Xbox controller.

While this does mean you will have X/O/Square/Triangle replaced with A/B/X/Y respectively for button inputs, you will quickly get used to it, especially if you’re already adept with the controller.

Unfortunately, if you were looking to try and use any of the controllers proprietary features like the Haptic Feedback or the Sound engine, it is unfortunately embedded in the PS5 games code to transmit to the controller itself.

In other words, if you were hoping to feel all the realistic feedback of being shot at or feel the web swing of a Spider-Man game that isn’t on the PS5, you will be sorely disappointed. On the plus side, you can use the on-board microphone of the controller as well, and we aren’t far from modders figuring out how to use it for in-game voice chat. This way you can use the controller and a 3.5mm accessory to do voice chats like you would on a console.

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