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Help and recommendations with Dual Sense (PS5) controller
Fixed: Wrong USB-C cable


My System Info

Linux Distribution: Ubuntu 21.10
Desktop Environment: Gnome
Have you checked for system updates?: Yes
Motherboard: ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming ITX

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Long story short, the controller is not 100% reliable over Bluetooth. Sometimes there is a delay, sometimes it gets stuck on certain direction.

This problem was worse on Arch-based distros for some reason (Garuda, Endeavour). Ubuntu 21 seems to be the best distro so far to use with DualSense. Meaning that controller works for 100% of games and is reliable 90% of the time. It probably has to do with the Bluetooth drivers.

Anyway, every now and then, even if it's 10% of the time, I get a longer delay than usual on a particularly important moment, and I lose the game. Not to mention if/when the character decides to walk in a certain direction all the way to his/her death.

- I have not been able to use DualSense controller wired. Lsusb doesn't really show anything on any distro.
- I could even consider getting a wired controller if this one can't be used wired.

Last edited by ElamanOpiskelija on 27 January 2022 at 4:49 pm UTC
damarrin 25 Jan
What’s your bluetooth adapter? Have you tried a different one?
OK after looking at the adapter I went into more detail and checked dmesg, realized that nothing happens when I plug in the controller.
I thought this was really basic. Tried with another cable (the one from my mobile phone) and then everything works.

Steam achievements, here I go again.
whizse 27 Jan
Don't know if this is the same as your problem since you have different results depending on distro (kernel version?) but with the DS4 I noticed that line of sight to the Bluetooth adapter was crucial.

I had to be careful with where I placed it or I ended up with the same annoying drop outs, very seldom, but always at a crucial moment.
Quoting: whizseDon't know if this is the same as your problem since you have different results depending on distro (kernel version?) but with the DS4 I noticed that line of sight to the Bluetooth adapter was crucial.

I had to be careful with where I placed it or I ended up with the same annoying drop outs, very seldom, but always at a crucial moment.

There might be something related to a timely kernel update which caught me in the middle of distro-hopping.
Hollow Knight was pretty much unplayable on Garuda Linux / SalientOS while suddently it played rather smooth on Fedora/Ubuntu (native version in all cases).
But at the end of the day, still some misses here and there. And why scratch my head if I have the powerful, almighty cable.
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