Sony releases updated drivers for DualSense controllers on PC

Those who would like to use the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller in Windows 10 and Windows 11 will be happy to hear that the official drivers to do so have been updated and are available now.

This latest batch of the software means that a controller can get up and running on Windows machines without the need to first connect the controller to a PS5, though a USB cable is still needed.

“If it’s your first time updating the firmware, you need to install the app on your Windows PC. The next time you need to update the firmware, start from step 3,” reads the support page.

“You can update the firmware for only one controller at a time. To update the firmware for multiple controllers, you need to do each controller individually.”

The steps to make this work can be found below. The firmware itself can be downloaded from this page by clicking on the big blue download button.

  1. Download [Firmware updater for DualSense wireless controller] and save it to your desktop or other location.
  2. Run the installation file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the app.
    During the installation, you might see a request to download additional software that’s needed to use [Firmware updater for DualSense wireless controller]. To download this software, follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Launch [Firmware updater for DualSense wireless controller].
  4. Use a USB cable to connect your controller to your Windows PC, and then follow the on-screen instructions to start the update. Don’t turn off your Windows PC or disconnect the USB cable during the update. When the update is complete, a message appears. Select [OK] to finish the process.

For those who have already been using the controller on PC, there’s a small footnote on the download page explaining that updates will be released occasionally and it’s recommended to always be using the most recent version of the software to make sure things are working as intended.

On console there will be automatic updates and on PC the firmware updated will pull down these latest changes when it’s launched.

Unfortunately some features of the controller will not work when used over Bluetooth with great features like Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers still only accessible by using the controller over USB on PC or through homebrew software.

Hopefully Sony releases a hardware solution – like a dongle – or another firmware update to enable these features to be used wirelessly.

Fore more about the latest iteration of the famous PlayStation controller, see our comparison story where we look at how it compares to the PS4 version.


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