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How to Connect PS5 Controller to MacBook Pro

Connecting a PS5 DualSense controller to a MacBook Pro is straightforward. macOS has built-in support for the DualSense controller. Here’s how to do it:

Wireless Connection via Bluetooth:

  1. Prepare the DualSense Controller:
    • Ensure your PS5 DualSense controller is charged.
    • Press and hold both the PlayStation button (the logo in the center) and the Create button (the button on the left of the touchpad) at the same time. The light around the touchpad will start blinking, indicating the controller is in pairing mode.
  2. Connect via Mac:
    • On your MacBook Pro, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner and select “System Preferences.”
    • Click on “Bluetooth.”
    • The PS5 controller, listed as “DualSense Wireless Controller,” should appear in the list of available devices. Click “Connect” next to the controller’s name.
    • Once connected, the light on the controller will become steady.

Wired Connection:

  1. Connect the Controller:
    • Use a USB-C to USB-C cable (or a USB-A to USB-C cable, depending on your MacBook’s ports) to connect the DualSense controller to your MacBook Pro.
  2. Automatic Connection:
    • The controller should be automatically recognized by macOS and will be ready to use.

Using the Controller with Games & Apps:

  • As with the Xbox Series X controller, while macOS may support the DualSense natively, individual games or applications might have varied levels of support. Some games might work perfectly, while others might require you to configure or remap controls.
  • For games or applications that don’t natively support the DualSense, or for more customization options, you might look into third-party software or tools that can help bridge the gap.

Always ensure your macOS is up-to-date to ensure the best hardware compatibility and performance.

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