The PS5 DualSense controller, with its drawbacks, is now available on PCs.
The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is now available on Steam, but many of its signature features are not yet compatible.
DualSense is acclaimed by both the PS5 media and early adopters. This is one of the features of the system and sets it apart from the competition. In particular, the integration of tactile feedback with many of the PS5 launch titles suggests great potential.
Good news for PC players as well. You can now use the controller on Steam … but for now, you can’t define tactile feedback.
Valve has pointed out that the Steam client beta patch notes are compatible. This means that users who opt in to beta can use the controller as an input device. But for now, that’s all they can do. Please note that “advanced features such as rumble, trackpad and gyro are not yet supported”.
However, that “yet” puts a considerable burden. This suggests that PC players are likely to be able to use these features in the future. The question is whether the integration is serious and can be transferred from the PS5 with less developer input. If so, it would be a great feature for PC players.
Elsewhere in the update, there’s a small change that “fixed the Xbox Series X controller appearing as two separate controllers.” This is all great news. Lucky people with next-generation consoles and gaming PCs can now fulfill two obligations from the new controller.