The new DualSense PS5 controller on PC can be used via Steam’s beta client.
With the next generation of PlayStation 5 currently undergoing launch, all kinds of testing are going on with the new machines.
Recent experiments with the PS5’s impressive DualSense controller have revealed that it will work with Steam Client Beta application.
However, the next-gen features that make the controller impressive aren’t yet supported.
Adaptive Triggers, Haptic Feedback and motion control will not currently work on PC games via Steam.
All of these features are what sets the DualSense apart from anything we have ever seen before.
PC game developers would be wise to begin the development of support for these features since it won’t be long before other hardware manufacturers begin to adopt their own DualSense clones.
Adaptive Triggers allow you to feel things in-game such as the tension of a rope while Haptic Feedback can sense and relay individual raindrops for example.
These are literal game-changers when it comes to immersion in games and will be even more impressive with PSVR 2.
How to use DualSense on Steam
- To use your DualSense controller on PC simply start up Steam.
- Then go to the Settings menu and click the Account tab.
- From there select the Change option for “Beta Participation“.
- Then select Steam Beta Update and restart Steam.
All Steam Client Beta privileges will now be active for your Steam client.
These include experimental features that may or may not be added in future Steam updates.
The fact that DualSense is being taken seriously by Steam is a good sign, and even without the next-gen features is an excellent controller.
Gamers such as myself were a little apprehensive about the complete redesign after having gotten used to the legendary DualShock over the past 23 years.
While the initial design was a little different with DualShock 4, it wasn’t changed as drastically as DualSense.
DualSense is now a new generational controller in its own right and will be the start of a new line for many PlayStation’s to come.
On the face of it, DualSense seems bulkier, and it is, but this is to house the controllers and sensors inside the accessory.
It is also heavier than DualShock 4 but just like any official controller, you can feel the manufacturing quality.
In a strange way it feels the same as DualShock in your hands and the buttons, triggers and sticks feel like they’re in the exact same place even though they aren’t.
This is a true testament to the proficiency of Sony’s design department.
Let me know what you think of the DualSense controller in the comments below.
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