The Sony PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller works with Android devices and PCs
PCs and Android devices provide robust support for a number of peripherals, including Xbox and Stadia controllers. If you were wondering whether or not that includes the DualSense controller from Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5, then the answer is yes—mostly.
Thanks to Austin Evans on YouTube, we have confirmation that the next generation controller is capable of connecting to PC and Android. In an in-depth video of the DualSense controller’s hardware, which also reveals a neat textured design on the back featuring small triangles, squares, circles, and crosses, Evans demonstrates the controller working out of the box with a Surface Laptop Go over a wired connection (at about 6:20 in the video).
Evans also manages to wirelessly connect the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller to his Google Pixel 5 via Bluetooth (at about 6:50 in the video), and he then plays a game streamed over Microsoft’s Xbox Game Streaming. Bluetooth compatibility can be a mess on Android, especially when it comes to latency and keymapping, so it’s nice to know that it just works. There is a caveat, though, namely that when he connected the controller to his PC and Android device, Evans wasn’t able to experience any of the controller’s new features, including haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
He also tries to connect the PS5’s DualSense controller to other devices, including a PlayStation 4 Pro and an Xbox Series X, but he didn’t have much luck getting the controller to do much. Neither console recognizes button presses from the DualSense controller, but that could change with future firmware updates (though don’t count on support being added to the Xbox).
Sony says the PS5’s DualSense controller is only compatible with its upcoming console, but the video clearly shows otherwise. The PlayStation 5 is set to launch on November 12, so it won’t be much longer before we can all connect the DualSense controller to our own Android devices. After all, the best controller is the one you have on you.