What you need to know
- You no longer need a PS5 console to feed firmware updates to your PS5 controller.
- You can now administer firmware updates via a newly released "firmware updater for DualSense wireless controller" app, available on Windows 11 and 64-bit versions of Windows 10.
- This is good news for anyone who likes to use PS5 controllers for PC gaming.
The day has finally come when you can receive firmware updates from Sony for your PS5 controller without having to use a PS5 console. Thanks to a new "firmware updater for DualSense wireless controller" app, all you need to get your controller up to date is Windows 11 or a 64-bit release of Windows 10.
The app, along with the steps necessary to download and use it, are all available on the official PlayStation website. In addition to the aforementioned operating systems, you'll have to make sure your machine has 10 MB of storage and a display resolution of at least 1024 × 768, as well as a USB port. As you can see, the app doesn't have very taxing requirements.
This is good news for anyone who likes to use a PS5 controller with their Windows PC. Perhaps you're simply a fan of the way the gadget feels, or you want an authentic PlayStation experience while playing PS Now games on PC or PlayStation exclusives that have been released on Steam, such as God of War and Days Gone. Whatever the case may be, you'll now be better equipped to use Sony's peripheral wherever you please, whether or not you own a PlayStation 5.
Playstation DualSense Wireless Controller (opens in new tab)
"The power of haptics in the palm of my hand," Tobey Maguire once mused while sitting with Mickey Mouse to discuss a cameo in Marvel's Spider-Man on PS5. The point is, the controller is very good and now is even better for Windows users.
Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I used mine for about 2 years without a ps5. Not even really sure what the controller firmware updates even do. There are no Windows drivers, the games that support it themselves basically have them coded into the game which must be a pain for devs. For games that don't do the heavy lifting you have to use steam which is just emulation. Sony should release driver's, then any game could support it and it wouldn't need to be wired.
Cant expect much from a business plan that runs on exclusives.
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