05 May 2021
Sony's new DualSense controller for PlayStation 5 is unique in a number of ways. It not only has a bigger footprint and a new design but it also packed with new functionalities. It is officially said to be compatible only with the next-gen Sony console but as discovered by YouTuber Austin Evans, it is capable of working with devices beyond PS5.
In his PlayStation 5 controller unboxing video, Evans can be seen talking about what's new with the controller as well as trying it out with a bunch of different devices. He started off by connecting the controller with the Xbox Series X console followed by the PlayStation 4 Pro. A connection of some sort was established in both cases but with no usability other than the charging.
Evans then proceeded to connect the controller with his Surface Laptop Go, a Windows machine, via a wired connection. This is where he gets his first success as the DualSense controller works fine with Windows. Next up, he uses his Google Pixel 5 for connecting with the controller over Bluetooth which also proved to be a hit. He was even able to play an Xbox game on his phone through the cloud game streaming service and using the Sony controller. The only thing to note is that new controller features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers were unsupported.
This is certainly good news for those who were planning to use the new DualSense controller with PlayStation 5 as well as with PC and Android. We can expect Sony to release firmware updates to improve the compatibility situation but even in the current situation, it works just fine for interested players.