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How to update the PS5 controller

Keep your DualSense up to date to ensure it's compatible with the latest games.
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December 2, 2022
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Keeping your DualSense controller updated is critical in device maintenance and taking advantage of any improvements to the latest games‘ adaptive triggers or haptic vibrations. Whenever an update is available, you will see a notification on the PlayStation screen when you turn on your PS5. Here’s how to update the PS5 controller.

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QUICK ANSWER

When an update is available, connect the DualSense controller to the PS5 console with the provided USB cord and follow the on-screen instructions. If you are using a PC, download the DualSense firmware updater app.

How to update your PS5 controller

When you first set up your PS5, it will allow you to update your controller or remind you after 24 hours. You will automatically receive a similar notification whenever a new firmware update is released. Plug your controller into your PS5 console using a USB cable to start the update. You cannot update the DualSense controller wirelessly.

Once plugged in, press Update Now to begin the process.

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After that, sit back, relax, and wait for the update to complete. The process should only take a few minutes. Do not unplug your controller while updating, as it could damage the software.

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After downloading the update, you will return to the PS5 home screen. Your DualSense can now be safely disconnected from the console to continue gaming.

How to update the PS5 controller manually

There is no option to update the DualSense controller from the system settings manually. However, some PS5 owners have found a way to trick the console into bringing up the controller update notification. Be aware that some report their controllers bricking afterward, so follow these steps at your discretion.

First, turn off the internet connection by navigating to Settings–> Network–> Settings–> Connect to the internet.

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Second, change the date by going to Settings–> System–> Date and Time–> Set Manually.  Changing the day alone should do the trick. When done, press OK.

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Third, delete the controller by navigating to Settings–> Accessories–> General–> Bluetooth Accessories. Select the connected controller and choose Delete.

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Fourth, turn off your PS5 console by pressing and holding the power button until the system turns off.

Lastly, connect your controller to the PS5 console with a USB cable and turn on the PS5. Once it’s on, press the PS button on your control, and the prompt to update your controller should show up. Again, we recommend waiting for your controller to notify you of an update, but if you missed it, you could use the above steps as a last resort.


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FAQs

PC gamers who use a PS5 controller can now update the DualSense with the latest firmware from Windows 11 and select Windows 10 devices. Download the DualSense firmware updater app and connect the controller to your PC with a USB-C cable to update the latest version.

Most updates improve system performance and stability and fix any issues that PlayStation players report. It’s good device maintenance to keep your controller up to date.