How to update PS5 DualSense controller?
It might surprise you to know that you will need to periodically update yours PS5 controller DualSense. If you don’t have a PS5, chances are you don’t know. Although you may have suspected this since you also had to update the DualShock 4 controllers every now and then.
There have already been a few updates for the controllers to date. I’ve updated both of my white DualSense controllers about two or three times since I reset the console at launch. And I also had to apply the most recent update to the Midnight Black controller when it arrived a couple of weeks ago.
The point is, these updates will be released more often than you think although not as often as Steam. The PS5 controller update process is pretty straightforward and doesn’t take a lot of time. It is, after all, a controller.
How to update the PS5 DualSense controller
There are a couple of ways to do this, and the easiest way is to simply update when it appears. In the system settings you can check the console for updates, but you cannot check the controllers for updates.
Sony on the other hand has designed things to alert you with a message when you turn on your PS5 next time. Or start it from hibernation if you’re putting the console into sleep mode. Here are the steps if you plan to proceed as soon as you see that an update is available.
Worth noting is that if an update is available, it will generally be the first thing you’ll see when you turn on the PS5, shortly after the boot animation.
Highlight the “Update Now” button when prompted
When an update becomes available, you will have two options to choose from. One will allow you to be notified again from the console within 24 hours. The other allows you to upgrade now.
Make sure you highlight the Update Now button.
Plug in your controller and select update now
With Sony controller updates, you need to plug in the controllers if you want to download software to them. So take out that USB-C cable that came with your console and plug it in. Plug in your PS5 controller and click the Update Now button.
You can skip this step. At that point Sony will notify you again within 24 hours. If you do this accidentally, you can still update the controller right away.
Update the PS5 controller without waiting for the 24 hour cycle
Sony has its own reasons for designing the update process this way. They are not necessarily good reasons, but they are reasons. So we just have to face it and hope that Sony will make the process a little more user-friendly.
But all is not lost. If you accidentally skip the update when the message appears, you can still update without waiting for the 24 hour cycle like I did with my first controller.
Go to the settings menu and find the network settings
Find the settings menu for the PS5 and open it. Go to the Network section, then go to the Settings menu for network options.
Disable the Internet connection
Now what you need to do is disable the internet connection to the console.
Go to System Settings, then Date and Time
Then, go to the System Settings menu and look for the date and time settings. Here you will find the possibility to change the date and time. That’s why you disconnected the console from the internet.
Change the date and time manually
There are two options for setting the date and time for your PS5. Manually and using the Internet. The Internet will automatically set the correct time. Do not you want it. Then select change the date and time manually, then skip the time forward 24 hours.
This will force the PS5 to think that 24 hours have passed. At that point you can put the PS5 into rest mode. Make sure to reconnect the controller to the console before turning it back on. You should then get the prompt again, so you can change the date and time automatically.
How to know which software version is active on the DualSense controller
This may not be of much help, as I could not find a reliable information page from Sony showing the latest software version for the DualSense controller.
But you can check to see which version your controllers are on. And in case Sony makes this information available for free, it will be helpful to know how to check and see if the controller is up to date.
Start by opening the settings menu and then navigating to the Accessories section. In this menu highlight and select controllers. In this submenu you can view the “Wireless Controller Device Software” with a number association. This is the software version on which the controller is installed.
Keep this in mind in case Sony makes a list where you can check what is the latest version of the controller software.