How to Use a PS5 Controller on Xbox Series X or S

Xbox doesn't support the controller, but you can work around that

Can you use a PS5 controller on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles? You can, but due to there being no built-in support for Sony’s PS5 DualSense controllers on Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and S consoles, you’ll have to do so via one of two roundabout methods below.

Method 1: Connect a PS5 Controller to Xbox Series X With an Adapter

The most effective way to use your PS5 controller for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S gaming is to use a specially designed adapter or converter. These work in a similar way to how you would use a power adapter when traveling. One end of the adapter plugs into your video game console, while the other connects to your controller either by USB or Bluetooth.

Titan Two video game controller adapter.

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In this case, you would use the adapter to connect your PS5 DualSense controller to your Xbox Series S or X console.

Controller converters can often cost more than an actual Xbox controller. It may be a lot cheaper to buy a new Xbox controller for your Xbox Series X.

Controller adapters and converters let you use your controllers on most video game consoles while also allowing you to play games on your TV as you usually would. Titan Two is a popular adapter that supports PS5 and Xbox Series X and S consoles and controllers. Cronus Zen is another option though we don't expect its Xbox Series X and PS5 support to launch fully until mid to late-2021.

Method 2: Play Xbox Series X Games With a PS5 Controller via Xbox Cloud Gaming

The Xbox cloud gaming service, previously called Project xCloud, lets gamers stream Xbox Series X video games from Microsoft’s servers directly to their computer or smart device.

The cool thing about Xbox cloud gaming is that you can use almost any controller you’ve connected to your device to play it once the video game is streaming. Luckily for you, PlayStation 5 DualSense controllers can connect to Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. The PlayStation 5 controller can also connect to Windows and Mac computers with no hacking or additional hardware.

As of January 2020, Xbox cloud gaming is only available on Android devices though it’s expected to launch on iOS, Windows, and Mac by mid-2021.

Is There a PS5 Xbox Controller?

An official PS5 Xbox controller doesn’t exist. If you’ve heard someone mention this in conversation or on a YouTube video, they’re likely referring to a third-party controller or maybe even an adapter or converter product such as the ones mentioned above.

Will Xbox Series X Consoles Add PS5 Controller Support?

It’s unlikely that Microsoft would add support for Sony’s controllers to their Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S consoles as they’d understandably want to encourage gamers to purchase Microsoft-made products. It could happen, but it would be unwise to wait until it does, as you could be waiting a very long time.

If you need an additional controller for your Xbox Series X or S console, it’s best to buy a new or even a second-hand one. There are several first and third-party controllers to choose from at various price points, and Xbox-branded controllers designed for the Xbox One consoles and Windows PCs will also work on an Xbox Series S or X.

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