How to Use a PlayStation 5 Controller With Steam

Windows: PlayStation 5 owners can now use their PS5’s DualSense controllers to play PC games on Steam. Valve’s latest Steam Beta adds full DualSense compatibility by default to all controller games – no additional software or tweaks to tweak.

DualSense support on Steam was inevitable – the app supports over 200 other controllers, including many Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 controllers – but getting near-perfect compatibility on Steam shortly after PS5 launches is exciting. After all, the PS5 controller is one of the best controllers in any system.

I still think it’s worth the wait to buy a PS5 (not many people have a choice due to lack of materials), but I’ll admit I bought one and the coolest thing about it is the DualSense controller. It’s well built, the buttons are quick, and the thumb grips have good tension, but I was struck by the tactile rumbling of the controller and the adaptive triggers.

Unfortunately, DualSense Adaptive Triggers, which can simulate additional stress based on in-game actions, are the only feature that Steam doesn’t support. However, the controller gyroscope, touchpad and haptic rumble will work in all controller-enabled Steam games without the need for patches from the developers.

How to set up a PlayStation 5 controller on Steam

Before you can use your PS5 controller on Steam, you need to participate in the beta of the Steam client. (The update should also go to stable soon, if you don’t mind waiting a little longer.)

  1. Open Steam, then go to Steam> Settings> Account.
  2. Click “Change” in the “Beta Participation” section.
  3. Select Steam Beta Client from the drop-down menu and click OK.
  4. Select “Restart Steam” to apply the update.

After updating Steam, it’s time to connect your controller to your PC. You connect it via a USB-C cable (the charging cable that comes with the PS5 will work fine), or you can also connect it to your computer via Bluetooth by following these steps:

  1. On a Windows PC, go to Settings> Devices> Bluetooth & Other Devices and make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. On your controller, press and hold the PS + Share buttons at the same time until the LED indicator flashes blue.
  3. Back in your PC’s Bluetooth settings, click Add Bluetooth or Other Device and select Bluetooth.
  4. Click the controller in the list of available devices.
  5. You’ll know it’s connected when the PS5 controller LED stops blinking and a Windows notification appears that says “Wireless controller is ready to use.”

After connecting the DualSense controller to Windows, open Steam and wait for the app to recognize the controller. A Steam notification will appear when the controller is connected. Your Steam games can now be played with a PS5 controller and you can use it to control the app in Big Picture mode.

[ The Verge ]

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