DualSense: the PS5 Controller is Officially Compatible with Steam

Last Updated: December 27, 2020

All Steam players can now use DualSense as a controller. Until then, only members of the Steam beta program could use the PS5 controller.

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As you may know, one of the strengths of the PS5 is undoubtedly its new controller, the DualSense. Indeed, the one that succeeds this good old DualShock IV embeds new and innovative features, such as high definition haptic feedback (simulates textures and sensations) and adaptive triggers.

If these technologies are used properly, which is the case in Astro’s Playroom, the result is indeed exhilarating. Even the competition is bowed to the quality of the controller. Phil Spencer, the boss of Xbox, has indeed declared that he is a fan of DualSense. In fact, PC gamers also hope to take advantage of the famous controller on their respective machines.

DualSense officially compatible on Steam

Good news, since Valve has just confirmed this Tuesday, December 8, 2020 support for DualSense for all Steam users. Until then, DualSense compatibility was only available to members of the Steam beta program. Since the official launch of the PS5 on November 12, 2020, developers have access to the tools to integrate the correct pieces of code, so that their game recognizes DualSense through the Steam software client.

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We advise you to update it as soon as possible. At this time, we have not yet managed to connect our DualSense to one of our Steam accounts. It is likely that the Steam update will roll out gradually. In fact, be patient if you don’t get it right now.

Note that some PC titles, and in particular Sony exclusive ports, support the various features of the DualSense such as the touchpad, light strips or even the gyroscope. This is notably the case with Death Stranding, Horizon Zero Dawn and No Man’s Sky. Of course, the controller works with a plethora of other titles.

Be careful, however, you must go through the Big Picture mode of Steam to use the DualSense. Big Picture Mode is a version of Steam optimized for navigation and gameplay. As a reminder, some DualSense visibly suffer from the same Joy-Con Drift problem as the Nintendo Switch. Several players claim that the joysticks activate on their own, without any action on their part. A rather annoying malfunction, which can quickly lead to the death of the player in some demanding titles, Demon’s Souls in mind.

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