How to Connect PS5 Controller to Steam & Windows

In this guide, you will find how to connect your PS5 controller to Steam on your PC. You first need to configure controller settings and do a controller test and calibration. After that, make some additional settings to start using the PS5 controller.

Controller settings

In this section, we will take you through the steps to configure controller settings to connect it to Steam. By following the steps below, you will be able to navigate to the Controller settings inside Steam and make all the necessary changes.

  • First, you have to double-click on the Steam icon to open the application.
  • Once it opens up, navigate to the upper left-hand corner of the screen and click on the “Steam” button.
    It will open up a drop-down menu.
  • From the drop-down menu, click on the “Settings” option.
  • Navigate to the “Controller” tab on the left side of the Steam interface and turn on “Enable Steam Input for PlayStation Controllers.”
  • After that, connect your PS4 controller to your PC using a USB cable.
  • If you prefer the button layout commonly used in Nintendo controllers, then enable the “Use Nintendo Button Layout” option.
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Controller test

This section describes how to initiate a controller test to make sure everything is working perfectly.

  • Click on the “Begin Test” button to go to the testing interface and experiment with all the different buttons on your device.
  • While you are interacting with the buttons, observe if the device you are testing shows up correctly on the screen. Ensure that the device is recognized and displayed as expected.

You can also check if the touchpad is working perfectly.

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This section will take you through the steps to do the calibration.

  • Go back to the controller settings window and click on the Open button associated with Calibration & Advanced settings.
  • If you’re afraid that there’s a lot of stick drift going on or you need to recalibrate your motion sensors, then go to the Joystick section, and tap on Gyro Calibration.
  • After that, press the Calibrate button.
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  • After that, click on the Continue button.
    It will calibrate the controller.
  • Now go to Output settings and check if the Game Rumble is functional.
  • To customize the inside of the controller layout settings, go to LED settings and change the colour of the back LED.
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Additional settings

This section will show you some additional settings that you can make to get the best performance.

You can also check what the controller does when you’re in desktop mode. You can use this as a mouse to a certain degree and play around with that.

You can also check out the Guide Button Chord Layout. You can use your controller as a mouse to a certain degree and play around with that.

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