Like its predecessor and most modern console controllers, you could pretty much utilise Sony’s DualSense outside of its native console. This allows you to own it independently without needing to have the PlayStation 5, especially if you plan to use the controller to game on PCs or even mobile devices. However, lacking the console also meant that you’d lose access to necessary firmware updates for the device, until now that is.
In a recent announcement via its official PlayStation account on Twitter, Sony has revealed that it has released a firmware update tool for the DualSense on PC. As implied by its name, this enables users to keep the controller up-to-date through Windows 10 or 11, which is very useful for those who do not actually own a PS5.
PC players can now update their DualSense wireless controller with the latest firmware from Windows 11 and select Windows 10 devices, without connecting to a PS5. Details: https://t.co/PF5E3VnoXM pic.twitter.com/PF2ASo8Fw6
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 20, 2022
Despite its ability to wirelessly connect to a PC via Bluetooth, Sony says updating the DualSense through Windows will require a direct USB-C connection. Additionally, those who own multiple units of the controller should also take note that the tool can only update one device at a time.
Being a more sophisticated video game controller, the DualSense comes with advanced features such as touch-based controls, haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and more. Therefore, firmware updates are necessary, as it allows Sony to provide users with things such as performance tweaks and even newer abilities if any.
However, not all of the features mentioned above are accessible by most games on PC, as that aspect is usually determined by the developers. For now, only a handful of titles, such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Metro Exodus and several others, actually make use of the DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
Nevertheless, the controller itself is a worthwhile addition to your list of PC gaming accessories, especially if you’re a big fan of its ergonomics and interface layout. You can download the newly released DualSense firmware update tool via this link.
(Source: Sony [Twitter])