Take your Mac gaming to the next level by plugging in and using your PS5 DualSense controller.
The PS5 DualSense controller works best with the PS5 console. However, you can also use it to enjoy games on your Mac. In fact, this hideous controller is very easy to pair with your Mac.
Read on to learn how to connect your PS5 DualSense controller to a Mac, whether it's an M1 Apple Silicon model or an earlier model.
How to connect a PS5 DualSense controller to a Mac
Bluetooth is the best way to connect your PS5 DualSense controller to a Mac. The pairing method stays the same regardless of which version of macOS you're using.
Make sure the DualSense controller is sufficiently charged before putting it into pairing mode. Then follow these steps:
On your Mac, click Apple Icon in the upper left corner and select System settings.
click Bluetooth and click on Turn on bluetooth Button when bluetooth is off
On your PS5 DualSense controller, press and hold the button Playstation Button in the middle and the pill shaped divide Button towards the upper left corner.
Hold down both buttons until the blue light starts flashing. That means the controller is in pairing mode.
On your Mac, click Connect Button if the controller is displayed under the devices in the Bluetooth window.
Don't worry if it shows up as DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller. It will still work with your Mac.
Be warned, this convenience of wireless connectivity comes at the cost of both the controller and your Mac's battery life.
You can use a USB-A to USB-C cable for older Macs or a USB-C to USB-C cable for the newer Thunderbolt 3 port or higher to connect your controller to your Mac . This way you can save the battery of your controller.
Now that you've connected the PS5 DualSense controller to your Mac, we'll connect it to Steam to start playing.
How to Connect a PS5 DualSense Controller to Steam on a Mac
Steam offers several games that are compatible with the macOS platform and also have controller support. It's only natural to connect your PS5 DualSense controller to Steam and enjoy the games that support PlayStation button configuration.
Pair your PS5 DualSense controller with your Mac and do the following to add it to Steam:
Open that steam App on your Mac.
click steam in the menu bar at the top left and select Settings.
When the Preferences window opens, select the option Regulator Option from the left navigation area.
Press the General controller settings Button in the right pane.
In the Controller Settings window, select the check box for PlayStation configuration support.
Steam will display your DualSense controller under the "Controllers Detected" heading.
How to customize your PS5 DualSense controller settings in Steam
You can further customize the lighting of your controller in the controller settings of Steam.
Open Steam and go to Settings> Controller> General Controller Settingsand choose yours PlayStation 5 controller in the lower left corner of the window Detected controllers.
This shows Settings, Identify, and Calibrate Buttons on the right.
Press the Settings Click the button in the top right to open the personalization settings, e.g. For example, change the controller name, rumble settings, controller light color, and more. After making the changes you want, press Submit to save her.
In the Controller Settings window, open the drop-down menu under Time to shut down the controller to select a time after which your controller will automatically shut down when you are not using it.
The limitations of using a PS5 DualSense controller with a Mac
While the DualSense controller is fun to use to play games on a Mac, you won't enjoy all of its features. Many Mac games will automatically detect your PS5 DualSense controller, but few support the default button configuration.
In addition, you can only change the button configuration of the controller for selected games if the default configuration is not selected. So far, none of the games on macOS can use haptic feedback, which means your hands won't feel the explosions or massive jumps in the game.
In addition, the acclaimed adaptive trigger function is also not available. This means that if you are playing on a Mac, you are missing out on one of the best PS5 experiences.
Have fun using the DualSense controller with your Mac
The PS5 DualSense controller works with Mac-compatible versions of games from Steam, Epic Games, Geforce Now, browser-based games, and other services. You can also play Apple Arcade games, which are also available on iOS and iPadOS.
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Samir Makwana is a freelance technology writer and editor with works from GSMArena, BGR, GuidingTech, The Inquisitr, TechInAsia, and others. He has a Masters Degree in Journalism and writes to help people get the most out of their technology. In his spare time he reads books and graphic novels, tinkers with the web server of his blog, with mechanical keyboards and his other devices.
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