Controller:DualSense

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DualSense
DualSense cover
XInput support
Predecessor
DualShock 4
DualSense on Wikipedia

Key points

Controllers can be used wired (via USB-C) or wirelessly with Bluetooth.
The support for supplementary features like the internal speaker, headphone jack, gyroscope, lightbar, adaptive triggers and haptic feedback varies between models, type of connection, and games/software.
Supported natively in some games (see support in games).
Capable of making full use of Steam Input due to many overlapping features with the Steam Controller.
Controller firmware can be updated from Windows 10/11 devices using Sony app.
Lacks native XInput support, requiring the use of a XInput wrapper in games that don't support it.

General information

DualSense wireless controller | The innovative new controller for PS5 | PlayStation

Inputs

  • Motion sensing: 6 axis motion sensing (3 axis accelerometer, 3 axis gyroscope)
  • 2 × microphones (dual-microphone array)
  • 1 × clickable 2 point capacitive touchpad: ᴛᴏᴜᴄʜᴘᴀᴅ
  • 2 × clickable analog sticks: L3, R3
  • 2 × analog triggers: L2, R2
  • 2 × digital shoulder buttons: L1, R1
  • 7 × digital action buttons: , , ×, , ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛᴇ, ᴏᴘᴛɪᴏɴs, PlayStation
  • 4 × digital directional buttons (d-pad): , , ,
  • 1 × digital functional button: ᴍɪᴄʀᴏᴘʜᴏɴᴇ

Use with PC platforms[edit]

Windows[edit]

Connecting the controller should automatically download and install latest drivers for the controller.

reWASD[edit]

Supports the DualSense in both wired and wireless modes, does not require installing drivers manually.
ᴍɪᴄʀᴏᴘʜᴏɴᴇ and PlayStation buttons can be remapped.
Can emulate the DualShock 4 for PS4 Remote Play, PS Now or other compatible games. Includes gyro and accelerometer control.
Can also emulate the Xbox 360 controller to play XInput compatible games.
Adaptive triggers are partially implemented.
Haptic feedback unimplemented.
Custom configs can be found in the Community Configs Library.

DualSenseX[edit]

Supports the DualSense in both wired and wireless modes.
Allows to use the controller's speaker and headset port as separate audio output (USB only).
All buttons can be set to emulate keyboard presses.
Can emulate the DualShock 4 and the Xbox 360 controller.
Adaptive Triggers are functional and can be switched to various modes. It is also possible to manually set the values.
The controller can be hidden while emulating a virtual controller through HidHide to avoid double-inputs.
Working Haptic Feedback (USB only).
Use of Haptic Feedback disables vibration unless disabled within the app.
Developers are working on Razer Chroma RGB API support for Light bar.[1]
Support for only one controller.[2]
Gyro is unimplemented.
Application is not emulating Xbox One controller, so is unable to emulate their Impulse Trigger Vibration.[3]

DS4Windows[edit]

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR or higher required for wireless connection.
The headphone jack and microphone can only be used when used via USB.
Most controller features are supported.
Adaptive triggers are supported but can only be used in limited forms.
Advanced rumble effects are not used. Rumble acts as common one.
Application is not emulating Xbox One controller, so is unable to emulate their Impulse Trigger Vibration.

DSAdvance[edit]

Xbox controller emulation support.
A gyroscope and various modes of its operation are supported - mouse emulation and driving.
Easy to use, minimum settings
Support the DualSense in wireless mode.
Displays charge status on LEDs.
Support for only one controller.

XInput wrapping[edit]

As a native DirectInput controller, it's possible to use any of the generic wrappers under the Controller article.

macOS[edit]

Custom application application unlocks full support for DualSense on macOS devices.

DualSenseM[edit]

Requires macOS 11.3 or later.
Works with both Bluetooth Connection and USB
Features:
  • Menu Bar Icon with Connection Status and Battery Level Information
  • View Battery level percentage
  • 20 different Trigger Effects you can set for both L2 and R2
  • Set the Touchpad into 2 different modes Static Color or Rainbow
  • Enable any of the Player LED's below the Touchpad
  • Test both Left and Right motors to make sure they're working
  • Adjust strength of the motors
  • Set the Mic LED into 3 different Modes: ON/OFF/Pulse
  • Enable the Speaker/Headset/Mic (USB Only)
  • Adjust Speaker/Headset and Mic volume (USB Only)
  • Enable Audio Haptics (USB Only)

Linux[edit]

Controller is natively supported since kernel 5.12.
Adaptive Triggers.
Limited Haptic Feedback.

Steam[edit]

Steam Input[edit]

Has rumble, trackpad and gyro support. Can also be used wirelessly.[4]
Supports the adaptive triggers.

Steam Link compatibility[edit]

Wired or wireless works.[5] Press PlayStation+ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛᴇ to power up and be detected by Steam Link. All buttons are mapped correctly.
Works without any drivers on any operating system that supports Steam.
Can be used just to send input from a controller to a PC. Go into Streaming options, hit and disable video and audio streaming.
Won't work great unless you connect it to LAN or a low latency Wi-Fi.
Touchpad and gyro will not be pass through to steam when using Steam Link on android.

Support in games[edit]

Games with generic DirectInput support are supported by the controller, however button placements may be out of place and need to be rebound. Refer to game-specific articles for rebinding support.

Games with controller's speaker support[edit]

Every game which allows to select separate playback audio device for specific sounds is supporting controller's built-in speaker, eg. Death Stranding's BB voice audio can be assigned to controller's speaker when other sounds are played from other audio device.
DualSenseX application unlocks controller's built-in speaker to be Windows output device.
Cemu emulator allows to assign Wii Remote speaker's audio to DualSense's speaker. In general settings/audio in gamepad audio tab is an option for selecting secondary audio device.
Requires a wired connection.

Games with microphone support[edit]

Microphone support is enabled by default after connecting controller to PC. Do not require any special configuration.
Games with implemented voice chat are able to use controller's microphone.
VoiceBot and VoiceAttack allows to control games and applications by voice commands.
ᴍɪᴄʀᴏᴘʜᴏɴᴇ button requires additional software like reWASD or DualSenseX to be able to mute and unmute microphone.
List of Microphone-controllerd computer games.

Games with adaptive triggers and haptic feedback[edit]

DualSenseSupport demonstrates how the haptics can be used on PC.
DualSenseX Game Demo demonstrates how the Adaptive Triggers can be used on PC, requires DualSenseX to work.
Game Haptic Feedback Adaptive Triggers Connection Notes
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Requires a hardware accelerated raytracing-capable graphics card to run. Full adaptive trigger on guns and all interactions, normal vibration. Unable to use workbench with DualSense currently and must use keyboard & mouse.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Adaptive triggers on bows and haptic feedback on combat and water.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War False icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Adaptive Triggers for gunfire.
F1 2021 True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired
Deathloop True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Adaptive Triggers for Guns, Haptic feedback, Sounds from gamepad
Dying Light 2 Stay Human True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired
Call of Duty: Vanguard True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired
Far Cry 6 True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Adaptive Triggers and Haptic feedback for guns and vehicles
Genshin Impact True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired V 2.2. Subtle Haptic Feedback. Getting this to work requires some setup, see v2.2 patch notes for instructions, Adaptive Triggers for fishing.
Rainbow Six Siege False icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Adaptive Triggers for gunfire.
The Riftbreaker False icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Adaptive Triggers for gunfire.
The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf False icon.svg True icon.svg Wired
Final Fantasy 14 True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired As of patch 6.0. Adaptive Triggers for quest aiming minigame. Haptic Feedback for footsteps, mount effects, and some abilities.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Adaptive Triggers for motorcycle minigame segments.
Rainbow Six Extraction False icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Adaptive Triggers for gunfire.
GhostWire: Tokyo True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Working Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers for shooting
Death Stranding: Director's Cut True icon.svg True icon.svg Wired Haptic Feedback are working perfectly and Adaptive triggers for balancing

Games with Light Bar support[edit]

Total number of games: 200.
Number of games which support light bar is limited and light bar support is still not a PC standard.
Aurora is a third party, open source solution for handling RGB lighting which is extending list of supported games. List can be found in project's Github page.
PlayStation's Remote Play application allows to play PlayStation games with full Light Bar support[6].
Steam Input configuration is allowing control of the light bar.
Native support
Limited native support
Always on
Requires manual fix
No native support
Native support may require selecting certain settings in the game or launcher. Refer to the individual game pages for details.
Game Developer Publisher Release date Systems Supported
11-11 Memories Retold Aardman Animations, Digixart Bandai Namco Entertainment November 9, 2018
Windows
Abzû Giant Squid Studios 505 Games August 2, 2016
Windows
Aegis Defenders GUTS Department Humble Bundle February 8, 2018
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Airheart Blindflug Studios July 24, 2018
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Apex Arjan van Meerten, House of Secrets Wevr October 19, 2017
Windows
Apotheon Alientrap Games February 3, 2015
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Singapore, Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft Kyiv, Ubisoft Shanghai Ubisoft, Logrus IT October 5, 2018
Windows
Assassin's Creed Origins Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft, 1C-SoftClub October 27, 2017
Windows
Assault Android Cactus Witch Beam September 23, 2015
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
BallisticNG Neognosis December 14, 2018
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

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Games with DualSense button prompts[edit]

Total number of games: 863.
Please note, that this is only list for games that offer DualSense/DualShock button prompts.
Native support
Limited native support
Always on
Requires manual fix
No native support
Native support may require selecting certain settings in the game or launcher. Refer to the individual game pages for details.
Game Developer Publisher Release date Systems Supported
11-11 Memories Retold Aardman Animations, Digixart Bandai Namco Entertainment November 9, 2018
Windows
20XX Batterystaple Games, Fire Hose Games August 16, 2017
Windows
30XX Batterystaple Games
Windows
428: Shibuya Scramble Spike Chunsoft Spike Chunsoft September 4, 2018
Windows
7 Days to Die The Fun Pimps
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
A Hat in Time Gears for Breakfast October 5, 2017
Windows
macOS (OS X)
A Plague Tale: Innocence Asobo Studio Focus Home Interactive May 14, 2019
Windows
A Robot Named Fight! Matt Bitner September 7, 2017
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
A Short Hike adamgryu April 5, 2019
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
A Way Out Hazelight Electronic Arts March 23, 2018
Windows

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Other information[edit]

Technical information[edit]

Device name: Wireless controller, HWID: 054C:0CE6

Input lag[edit]

Wired connection input lag: 10 ms for button press and 9.9 ms for joystick move. Values can be improved to 2.0 ms by overclocking controller's polling rate to 8000Hz. [7]
Wireless connection input lag: 5.1 ms for button press and 4.8 ms for joystick move.[7]
Connection Input lag
USB (button press) 7.2 ms (± 1.2 ms)
USB (joystick move) 8.8 ms (± 2.0 ms)
Bluetooth (button press) 5.1 ms (± 2.0 ms)
Bluetooth (joystick move) 4.8 ms (± 1.9 ms)
USB OC 1000Hz (joystick move) 2.5 ms (± 0.5 ms)
USB OC 8000Hz (joystick move) 2.0 ms (± 0.5 ms)

Firmware updates[edit]

Controller firmware can be updated from Windows devices using official app. Update process requires wired connection.

References