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How to use the DualSense controller with PC, Mac

Since the PS5 is still scarce…

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Sony PlayStation recently released new colorways of the PlayStation 5 (PS5) DualSense controllers — the Cosmic Red and Midnight Black. If you feel tempted to buy one but don’t own a PS5, you actually have good reasons to do so — especially if you own a Mac or a PC.

You see, the DualSense controller works like most other bluetooth controllers. You can pair them with a laptop where you do your gaming. =

Pairing

Pairing is super easy. Just follow these steps:

  • Make sure your Mac or PC’s bluetooth connection is turned on
  • Hold the Create and PS button on the DualSense controller for 5 seconds to enter pairing mode
  • Look for DualSense Wireless Controller in your Bluetooth Settings
  • Click Pair

Apple Arcade 

Wait. Gaming? On Mac? Am I high? On occasion, yes. But not right now. Apple has beefed up their gaming library with the introduction of Apple Arcade. For a monthly fee, you get access to hundreds of games. Some of which have controller support.

In fact, you can buy a DualSense Controller directly from Apple. Official support is included in iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS 11.3, and tvOS 14.5.

Apple Arcade has a pretty huge selection of games you can play. Granted, these aren’t the AAA titles you gain access to on consoles or even PC, but there are still pretty compelling titles.

In particular, I’ve cycled through three games: NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition by 2K Sports, FANTASIAN by Square Enix, and World of Demons by Platinum Games.

The NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition is closer to its Android counterpart than the one on consoles. That said, it took me back to a time when the only real device I had was a MacBook where I went through so much hoopla just to play an NBA game. Now, It’s much more easily accessible.

JRPG lovers will feel right at home with FANTASIAN. Especially if you started playing on the original PlayStation. It has all the trappings of your typical JRPG but one that you can play on any Apple device you own.

Meanwhile, World of Demons is an Action-RPG made for mobile but feels great to play with a controller.

PC Gaming

I reckon those familiar with PC Gaming probably have other preferences when it comes to gaming controllers. But if you’re more of a casual gamer and trace your roots to PlayStation gaming, getting a DualSense to pair with your machine still makes sense.

With Steam’s Big Picture mode, using a controller instantly feels natural. The mode lets you access your existing game library or make purchases of new ones from the Steam Store.

You can also opt for a PC/Xbox Game Pass and launch games from there.

What to take note of

While the controller and all of its buttons do work on both PC and Mac, it should go without saying that you won’t experience the full benefits of DualSense.

Haptic feedback doesn’t at all. Not just with how it’s intended on a PS5 + DualSense combo. There’s nothing at all. The built-in mic and speaker also does not work.

If you want to switch from PC, to Mac, or even to any other device, you’ll have to go through the pairing process again.

So if you’re itching to grab any of the three colors of the DualSense but still don’t have a PS5, know that you’ll still be able to use it with a PC or Mac.

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Bardock backstory revealed in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot DLC trailer

More from Goku’s father

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Bardock

The trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s upcoming DLC, “Bardock- Alone Against Fate”, has been released by Bandai Namco.

The gameplay video features a first glimpse of Bardock in action in the game, as well as thrilling battles in the planet of Kanassa.

The scene also shows more details into the adventures of Goku’s father, who serves as a member of Frieza’s planetary invasion force. His journey to Planet Vegeta was also teased.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions to be released on January 12 and 13, 2023, respectively.

Speaking of which, pre-orders for the physical editions for PS5 and Xbox Series are now available here.

There will also be a Special Edition which comes with additional DLC episodes currently available on other platforms, including “New Power Awakens – Part 1 & Part 2” and “-Trunks- Warrior of Hope”.

Meanwhile, players who already own the game for previous consoles may upgrade for an additional fee to enjoy better graphics and smoother gameplay.

SEE ALSO: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot review: Super fan service

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God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive

Based only on its first week

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November is a great month for gamers. Because of a few major titles coming out, there are a lot of ways to scratch that gaming itch. A lot of players are happy. None more so than Sony right now. Only a few weeks since its release, God of War Ragnarok has broken Sony’s record for fastest-selling first-party title launch.

Officially confirmed by Sony through its Twitter account, God of War Ragnarok has sold 5.1 million copies only through its first week. With such an impressive showing, the title rushes past Sony’s acclaimed gallery of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, and even the title’s 2018 predecessor. That’s not a list of who’s who to shrug off.

Additionally, the sequel is now the best-selling title in its franchise. The series has come a long way since its roots in Greek mythology. Mere weeks since the release, it is already in the conversation for several Game of the Year awards alongside other heavy hitters like Elden Ring.

Not without reason, of course. From our review of the title, the sequel to 2018’s classic is a narrative masterpiece in its own right, deserving of its spot in the oeuvre of Sony’s greatest hits.

SEE ALSO: God of War Ragnarok Review

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Netflix is working on its first PC game

It’s a AAA title

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Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.

Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”

Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)

With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.

Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix will now let you kick people from your account

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