Use PS5 Controller on Windows 10
Samir Makwana

The PlayStation 5’s (PS5) DualSense wireless controller includes adaptive triggers that work best with PS5 games, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work with your computer. You can pair the PS5 controller with your Windows 10 PC and play games on Steam as well.

The Steam client (not Windows itself) supports the DualSense controller. So, before you start, download and install Steam or update it to the latest version on your computer.

Pair Your PS5 Controller to a Windows 10 PC

Pairing the DualSense controller with a Windows 10 PC is possible using a USB cable or Bluetooth. Connecting the controller to your PC wirelessly is easy, but the controller’s Bluetooth connectivity is not up to the mark. You’re better off using a USB cable, especially if you’re connecting it to your Steam account.

You can use the USB cable bundled with the PS5, or another USB-A to USB-C cable. And if your PC has a USB-C port, you can pick a USB-C to USB-C cable, too.

RELATED: The Best USB-C Cables You Can Buy

To begin pairing, plug the USB cable into your computer and the top of the DualSense controller. Wait a few seconds for Windows to detect the controller.

Open the Control Panel on your Windows 10 PC and confirm whether your computer has identified the controller. To do that, press the Windows key, type “Control Panel,” and then hit the Enter key to launch the Control Panel app.

Type Control Panel in Windows Search

From the Control Panel menu, click on “Hardware and Sound,” followed by “Devices and Printers.”

Click Hardware and Sound in Control Panel Menu and Choose Devices and Printers

Under “Devices,” the DualSense controller will appear as a “Wireless Controller.”

Wireless Controller in Devices menu

Open the Steam app, click on “View” in the top-left corner, and select “Settings.”

Open Settings from View option in Steam

When the “Settings” menu pops up, select the “Controller” tab and click on “General Controller Settings.”

Select General Controller Settings

Your controller will appear as “PlayStation 5 Controller” at the bottom of the pop-up page.

Spot PS5 Controller in Steam Controller Settings

In the same window, check the box next to “PlayStation Configuration Support” to let compatible Steam games use the PlayStation controller layout.

Enable PlayStation Configuration Support in Steam

Otherwise, Steam games will default to the Xbox controller layout configuration instead, and that can get confusing. Xbox controllers arguably work best for PC gaming, since Microsoft supports them officially.

RELATED: How to Connect Any Console Game Controller to a Windows PC or Mac

Configure Your DualSense Controller Using Steam

To further customize and configure the Sony DualSense controller, you’ll have to use Steam’s Big Picture mode. For that, click the Big Picture Mode button in the top-right corner next to your Steam username.

Click on Big Picture Mode Button in Steam

Next, use your PS5 controller to tap on the gear-shaped Settings button at the top of the screen. 

Settings button in Big Picture Mode

Select “Controller Settings” under the “Controller” heading.

Controller Settings under Controller heading in Steam

In the “Controller Shutdown Time” section, use the drop-down to select the time after which the controller will automatically shut down when not in use.

Controller Shutdown Time in Controller Settings

After that, select the “PlayStation 5 Controller” under “Detected Controllers,” then click on the “Preferences” button.

Select the PS5 Controller and click Preferences

From the window that opens up, you can personalize the controller by giving it a specific name, switching off the vibration rumble, and customizing the LED light color, brightness, and saturation. 

Personalize Your Controller in Steam

If your DualSense controller isn’t working as expected, you can calibrate it. Open Steam’s “Big Picture Mode” mode. 

Open Big Picture Mode in Steam

Next, click on the gear-shaped Settings icon. 

Settings Button in Big Picture Mode

Select the “Controller Settings” option under the “Controller” heading.

Select Controller Settings under Controller

In the following window, select “PlayStation 5 Controller,” then choose “Calibrate.” 

Select Calibrate from PS5 Controller

Unfortunately, the PS5’s advanced haptics won’t work with many games on Windows. That’s because many game developers don’t support it by default, and Microsoft hasn’t rolled out the native drivers for the features. 

Outside of Steam, your DualSense controller may or may not work with many games and digital game distribution services like Epic, Origin, GOG, Battle.net, UPlay, etc. 

Play Games with Your PS5 Controller on Your PC

After connecting the DualSense controller, you can enjoy a majority of games. You can set up and use Steam’s Remote Play Together to game locally with your friends, or you can use PS4 Remote Play to stream games from your PS4 console to your PC.

If you’re on the fence about the newest game consoles, you can check out our article on why you shouldn’t buy an all-digital PS5 and the new Xbox.

Samir Makwana
Samir Makwana is a freelance technology writer who aims to help people make the most of their technology. For over 15 years, he has written about consumer technology while working with MakeUseOf, GuidingTech, The Inquisitr, GSMArena, BGR, and others. After writing thousands of news articles and hundreds of reviews, he now enjoys writing tutorials, how-tos, guides, and explainers.
Read Full Bio »

The above article may contain affiliate links, which help support How-To Geek.