If you’re using a PS5 DualSense controller on a PC, you can now update Sony’s smart pad even if you don’t own a PlayStation 5 console.
Sony has released a new firmware update for the DualSense controller, which works on Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11 PCs. You will need 10MB or more of space and a display resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher to use the app. Since the DualSense controller cannot update wirelessly, you will also need a free USB port.
Updating your PS5 DualSense controller is quite simple. Just download the “Firmware Update for DualSense Wireless Controller” from Sony’s website and follow the steps below.
- A Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11 PC
- A PS5 DualSense wireless controller
- A USB cable
How to update your PS5 DualSense controller on PC
1. Download firmware update app and save it to your desktop or other location
2. Run the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the app. You may be prompted to download additional software to run the application, but just follow the prompt.
3. Launch the app.
4. Connect your DualSense controller to your PC using a USB-C to USB-A cable or USB-C to USB-C cable and follow the onscreen instructions to begin the update.
5. Do not turn off your PC or unplug the USB cable during the update process.
6. When the update is complete, a message is displayed. Click ‘OK’ to finish the process.
If you have already installed the firmware update app, you can skip to step 3 the next time you want to update a DualSense controller.
It should be noted that you can only update one DualSense controller at a time and that Sony recommends always installing the latest update for its controllers as soon as they are released. Failure to do so may expose your controller to security risks and performance may be adversely affected.
Sony strengthens its PC support
It’s nice to see Sony continuing to invest in PC support, and giving gamers a way to use its latest controller independently of the PS5 is a big step forward. The DualSense’s unique features aren’t used in every game, but a surprising number of titles include support for haptic pad feedback and adaptive triggers, like Metro Exodus and Ghostwire: Tokyo.
With Sony bringing more PlayStation exclusives to PC in recent years – including Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Days Gone and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection – we’d be shocked if some of Sony’s first-party titles didn’t include native Take. support for DualSense in the future.
Next up for the DualSense, however, should be wireless support. Currently, you can only take advantage of haptic feedback and haptic triggers if you’re using a wired connection, which seems rather archaic in 2022. The DualSense can only be used wirelessly if your PC also supports Bluetooth, which doesn’t not found in all set up. A wireless adapter could then solve this problem, similar to what we saw for the DualShock 4.