PlayStation 5 was released in November 2020, and since then a lot of people have purchased this gaming console. Accordingly to Sony, in 2020 alone after its launch, they were able to ship out 4.5 million PlayStation 5 units. This is an amazing feat considering the fact that this much was sold between November and December. Unfortunately, not everyone who purchased the PlayStation 5 knows how to update their DualSense controller and because of this, today’s guide is focused on teaching you how to update your PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.
What is a DualSense controller?
The DualSense controller in simple terms is the gamepad used on the PlayStation 5. The DualSense controller is an upgrade to the DualShock used on its predecessor (PlayStation 4).
The DualSense controller comes with a lot of features. It supports wireless connection (Bluetooth), comes with adaptive shoulder buttons and improved vibration motors, speakers are embedded in the controller to improve the overall sound quality when gaming, a larger battery as compared to its predecessor (DualShock 4), and a host of other features.
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One major feature that makes the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller stand out is the haptic feedback it offers which is similar to a modern smartphone as it can create more subtle vibrations which can simulate real-world sensations. As an example, when you are driving through the mud when gaming you’d have the same feel as though you were actually driving through the mud.
Why you should update your PlayStation 5 DualSense controller
Frequently checking for updates and updating your DualSense controller improves the system performance and stability of the DualSense controller. The update also fixes problems related to the functionality of the screen when the screen reader is enabled, games hidden in PlayStation 4 are now visible in PlayStation 5, and the process of copying games from a USB storage to the console storage is more stable.
Hence, frequently checking for updates and updating your DualSense controller helps in preventing issues that may arise when using the PlayStation 5. That’s why in today’s guide, I’ll be teaching you how to update your PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.
How to Update Your PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller Automatically
When your DualSense controller requires an update, you will receive a notification. Have you have received a notification requiring you to update your PlayStation 5 DualSense controller and you don’t know how to go about it?
Follow the steps outlined below to learn how to update your PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.
- Turn on your PlayStation 5 device if it’s switched off.
- Once your PlayStation 5 device turns on, you should see a notification showing you the available update for your controller. At this point, you can either choose “Notify After 24 Hours” and “Update Now”.
- Connect your controller to the PlayStation 5 device using a USB cable. This step is crucial because, for some reason, the update process cannot be carried out without the USB cable. When connecting it to your device, you can either use the front or back of your console.
- Once your controller is correctly connected to your PlayStation 5 device, you’d realize that the “Update Now” button would turn white, which means that option can now be selected. To continue, press the Update Now button.
The update should take a couple of minutes to complete. During the update, ensure that your controller is still connected to your PlayStation 5 otherwise the process would be disrupted. Once the update has been completed, return to your home screen.
At this point, you can remove the USB cable connected to the PlayStation 5 without issues. If you followed the steps correctly, you’d realize that you have learned how to update your PlayStation 5 controller and you can carry out the same steps again if need be.
How to Update Your PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller Manually
Alternatively, if you haven’t received the update message and you want to still update your PlayStation 5 then you can also update your PlayStation 5 manually. To learn how to update your PlayStation 5 DualSense controller manually, follow the set of instructions outlined below:
- Turn on your PlayStation 5 if it isn’t turned on.
- Go to Settings on your PlayStation 5.
- Navigate to Network. There you’d find out that the option Connect to the Internet is turned on. To proceed turn it off.
- Go back to Settings, then select Date and Time, and forward your internal clock by 24 hours.
- Connect your DualSense controller to your PlayStation 5 console using a USB cable.
- Now restart your PlayStation 5 and you can now update your PlayStation 5 controller.