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How to use a PS5 controller on a PC

An easy step-by-step guide to setting up your controller.
Last Updated on March 18, 2024
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If you’re keen to access the games on your PC but only have a PS5 controller, then look no further; this article will walk you through every step needed to use your PS5 controller on your PC. The PS5 controller, especially the PS5 DualSense controller, is a remarkable piece of technology that can enhance your gaming experience significantly. The controller is often used with the Sony PS5 but with the right tools and some know-how, you can use your PS5 controller to play games on your PC, opening up a world of gaming possibilities. 

If you enjoy reading about all things Playstation, we’ve also written articles on whether you can use a PS4 controller on a PS5 and how you can connect you PS5 controller (wired and wireless sync guide).

Connecting your PS5 controller to your PC – Choosing your method

Before understanding the right steps for connecting your controller to your PC, there’s just a few things you need to prepare. The controller can be connected through two different methods; USB-C cable or a bluetooth adapter (if your PC doesn’t have a built-in Bluetooth).

After deciding your method and finding the right gear, you’re ready to get started!

Step-by-step guide

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be gaming in no time.


How to use a PS5 controller on PC – USB cable

A gaming setup featuring a red DualSense controller, keyboard, and a white desktop pc with red led fans.
A red DualSense controller in a gaming setup that features a white desktop PC with red RGB, a keyboard, mic, and monitor © BGFG



Plug USB-C into your PC

Plug your USB-C cable into your PC through an open USB-C port.



Plug USB-C into controller

Plug the Type-C end of your USB-C cable into your PS5 controller.



Wait for controller to be recognized

Wait until your PC recognizes your PS5 controller as an external device.

Once the PC recognizes the PS5 controller you’ll be able to use it just as you would with a Playstation.

We’ve covered the first method of using a USB-C cable to connect your controller, now lets look at how you can use Bluetooth and a wireless controller to get the same result.


How to use a PS5 controller on PC – Bluetooth



Open your settings

Open the settings app on your PC and head to the PC’s bluetooth settings, in ‘Bluetooth and devices’



‘Add device’

At the top of the menu, click on the ‘Add device’ option.



Select Bluetooth

Select Bluetooth on the pop-up window.



Enabling Bluetooth pairing

Hold the PlayStation logo button and the share buttons on the controller until the touchpad lights turn on.
This will enable the Bluetooth pairing.



Select the controller

Select the controller tab on the bluetooth devices list preferences to connect them.

✓ Eve’s thoughts

Bluetooth or USB-C?

If you can, I definitely think it’s worth setting up your controller with Bluetooth. Unlike the USB-C cable, a major benefit of using a Bluetooth connection is the wireless aspect which allows you to play free from restrictions.

Unlike the USB cable, a major benefit of this connection is that it’ll be this connection will be wireless which will allow you to have a better experience using your PS5. 

Can I use a PS4 controller with a PC?

Yes! In order to connect your PS4 controller follow the same simple steps mentioned in this article.

What buttons should I use to connect my PS5 controller to my PC with Bluetooth?

Press and hold the PS button and create button (to the left of the touchpad) simultaneously to enable the Bluetooth pairing mode then hold the buttons until the lights around the PS5 controller touchpad turn on and flash.

Wrapping up

Using a Playstation 5 controller on your PC is a straightforward process that opens up a world of gaming possibilities. Whether you prefer a wired or wireless connection, the PS5 controller can provide a familiar and comfortable gaming experience on your computer. With the right setup, you’ll be enjoying your games with the precision and responsiveness of the PS5 controller in no time.

Eve is a writer and copy editor at PC Guide, who focuses on a broad range of topics but main interest lies in the development of AI technology.