No doubt about it. The PlayStation 5 DuelSense controller is a fantastic bit of kit. By far the best PlayStation controller to date, in our opinion. It is also one of the better options for PC, despite the faff in getting the thing working. This is of course because there has been no official driver support for the platform, nor the ability to update its firmware without first owning a PS5.
But with those adaptive triggers, and according to PC Gamer the most nuanced rumble ever conceived, getting the DuelSense working on PC was worth the effort. Today that pain is nothing but a bad memory.
As of yesterday, PC users can now successfully update the controller’s firmware directly via Windows. This means there’s no longer any need to plug the DuelSense into a PS5 to achieve the same end. So unless you want to play one of the few PS5 exclusives you can hold back on that purchase until scalping is again nothing but bygone brutality of an indigenous American populous.
Making use of this update is fairly straightforward, too. Simply download the tool called “Firmware updater for DuelSense wireless controller” from the official PlayStation site. From there, follow the standard installation guide, plug in your controller via USB, and Robert’s your Father’s brother.
DuelSense Haptic Support
Whilst Windows is yet to issue any official drivers in support of the controller, this is a nonissue. Steam has you covered, allowing easy use via both USB and Bluetooth. The DuelSence does make use of the older DirectInput API rather than the more universal XInupt, so some games may not immediately recognise it. But if you enable “PlayStation configuration Support” in Steam’s controller settings, you shouldn’t have any lasting issues.
The only residual complaint is that there simply isn’t an abundance of games that make use of the incredible features it touts. Deathloop, Far Cry 6, Metro Exodus, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are among the few games to support adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. Other games, like Genshin Impact, are developing support, which is encouraging. But now PlayStation has provided firmware support for PC, we hope this is an emerging trend.
Source; PC Gamer
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Olly S, July 2020