Background and Identification
Released alongside the PlayStation 5, the DualSense controller was designed as the successor to the DualShock 4 used with the PlayStation 4. This controller can be identified by the unique design compared to last generation, and the use of USB-C instead of MicroUSB as the primary ways to quickly identify the controller.
Other identifying marks include the FCC ID (AK8CFIZCT1) and IC ID (409B-CFIZCT1). IMPORANT: CFI-ZCT1WA models use a similar FCC ID, but add an A at the end.
After reports of joystick “drift” in PS5 DualSense controllers, an iFixit investigation revealed the cause.
This is currently in testing. IMPORTANT: DS4Windows 2.1.17 or newer is REQUIRED. At this time, the DualSense is not compatible with InputMapper like the older DualShock 4 controller.
It is possible to connect the controller to a PC over a wire with a USB-C cable. Make sure the cable is reasonably long and USB-IF certified if you go this route. Your cable range will be limited by your cable and the USB-C specification.
If you need to go beyond the USB-C specifications, Bluetooth is supported on these controllers.
CAUTION: Bluetooth performance is dependent on what chipset your receiver uses, or chipset used by your computer (often integrated into the wireless card, especially on somewhat recent computers). While most Bluetooth chipsets are reasonably compatible with this controller outside of the nonstandard items like the trackpad, some chipsets can be troublesome, primarily chipsets like Broadcom. As long as your laptop has a quality wireless card (or one can be installed, like an Intel/QCA ath10k based card), this can usually be remedied without use of an external adapter.
If you cannot change your card easily (or do not want to open your computer), a USB “CSR 4.X” adapter (that is verified to be compliant with the CSR specification) can also be used.