- May 9, 2019
Everyone who has Steam installed on their PC can now use the PS5 DualSense controller to play PC games. As of December 8, 2020, the latest Steam public client update officially added support for the PlayStation 5 controller.
With the latest update, Steam now supports more of the DualSense controller’s features, such as its rumble, gyro, trackpad, and lightbar functions. It also added a directional swipe mode that can be used with the gyro and trackpad functions. Other than that, the Steam Input updates also improved controller support for games with raw input and embedded Chrome.
It is worth noting that the official update notes only mentioned “rumble” instead of “haptic feedback.” We have yet to see any confirmation on whether the aforementioned unique feature of the PS5 controller—along with the adaptive triggers—are also supported on PC games on Steam or not.
Previously in mid-November 2020, the Steam client beta added “initial input support” for the PS5 DualSense controller. Its additional features, such as rumble and lightbar, were not available at that time. The same update also fixed the issue of the Xbox Series X being registered as two separate controllers; this fix is brought as-is to the latest public client update.
The DualSense controller, just like its PlayStation 5 console, was first released in select countries on November 12, 2020. It is now available in many countries around the world.
Steam has officially added support for using the PS5 DualSense controller on PC games, with features like trackpad and gyro also included.