How to play Returnal on PC with DualSense Controller

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Fans of the video game Returnal will now have the opportunity to play on their PC with all-new features, such as 3D sound, haptic feedback, and dynamic trigger effects, for an immersive experience. However, to take advantage of these features, players will need to use a DualSense controller — which can prove to be challenging. Fortunately, here's a step-by-step guide on how to play Returnal on PC with your DualSense controller for the best possible gaming experience.

How to use a Controller to play Returnal

To access haptic feedback and dynamic trigger effects, a wired connection is required to unlock the full range of controller features. The first step is to plug your DualSense controller into your PC using a USB-C to USB cable. Although Steam does not natively support controller use, there is a workaround:

  1. Launch the Steam app.
  2. Click on the Steam drop-down menu in the upper left corner.
  3. Select the Settings option.
  4. Click the Controller tab from the sidebar menu.
  5. Select the General Controller Settings option.
  6. Click the PlayStation Configuration Support checkbox.
  7. Select the Back button.
  8. Click the OK button to close out the window.
  9. Launch the game.

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Players who purchased Returnal on the Epic Games Store can follow the same process with an additional step:

  1. Launch the Steam app.
  2. Click on the Games option in the upper left corner.
  3. Select Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library.
  4. Launch the game.

What can I use to play Returnal on PC if I don't have a DualSense Controller?

Players who use a mouse and keyboard or a non-standard controller can now fully customize their button layout to suit their individual needs and preferences. This allows for greater accessibility and ease of play for gamers with physical disabilities or those who prefer a specific controller setup.

The game also features expanded accessibility options, including an alt-fire crosshair charging notification and a co-op ping system for when playing with others.

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