How to use PS4 controller on PC

Four years ago Sony Launched the PlayStation 4. With this, they also introduced the next generation console with the next generation controller! This marked the entrance of the DualShock 4 with new features and impressive specs.

The PS4’s DualShock 4 controller rapidly overtook and replaced the DualShock 3. The Dual Shock is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a controller that supports your PC.

The layout consists of all the buttons that you would require for a PC controller, and it also has the option of using the trackpad as a mouse input if necessary. The controller also has better analog sticks and triggers.

The DualShock 4 doesn’t support the audio jack which means you’ll have to connect your headphone directly to the PC.

Another drawback of the DualShock is the fact that it is heavier than the previous DualShock models.

The biggest advantage with DualShock in the market is, it’s compatibility with computers that is windows based.

After a long wait, Sony was able to deliver the best set of controllers. Before this, connecting a PS4 controller to a PC was a huge task but according to the Sony and their promise of compatibility connecting your PS4 controller to PC is extremely easy.

One can either buy the officially released external dongle/adapter known as  DUALSHOCK®4 USB Wireless Adaptor or download a third party application like DS4 Windows.

This process is relatively easy, let’s look at all the possible ways through which you can learn how to use ps4 controller on pc.

As mentioned above, you can either download a third-party application or use the external dongle that Sony released.

Let’s first look into how you can connect the DS 4 (Dual Shock) to the PC using the dongle.


1. Using the official Sony Dongle


This is definitely the easiest and quickest way on how to use PS4 controller on PC. The Sony Dongle is compatible with Windows as well as Mac PCs.

It is extremely easy to use and easy to install. The advantage of using the adapter is that you will be able to use all the features of the Dual Shock, this includes buttons, touchpad, analog sticks, motion sensors, light pad and all the other features as long as the application supports it.

Installation of the adapter is a two-step process.

Step 1: Plug in the Dongle/Adapter to your PC. This plugs in directly to a normal USB Port.

Step 2: Now, turn on your DS 4 Controller, and both the devices will automatically detect each other and connect.

It’s that simple! After these two steps, you can enjoy gaming on your PC without any trouble.

The adapter has certain disadvantages, and firstly it is expensive. And if you’re on a budget, this might not be the perfect solution for you.

Secondly, the adapter is around 3 inches in length due to which it might be sticking out of your PC and can look like a really big flash drive.

If this was not the best solution for you, do not worry, keep reading. This next segment is about how to use PS4 controller on PC using third-party applications.


2. Using DS4 Windows


This is not as simple as the adapter where you plug it in, and the controller is ready to be used. Here you’ll have to download additional software to be able to use your controller for the PC.

I’m sure you can already tell, the software is called DS4Windows. This makes it easier to connect your DS4 to your PC. How does it work?

Basically, the application has the ability to fool your PC into thinking it is connected to the Xbox 360 controller which Windows supports.

So, you can easily use DS4 for understanding how to use PS4 controller on PC.


Downloading the Application

DS4 Windows application is extremely easy to download. All you have to do is go to the official website and download the application from there just like any other application.


Installing the DS4 Windows

After you’re done downloading the application look for the downloaded file. The file is usually a Zip file so you’ll have to select the “extract all” options.

Right after selecting extract you’ll be directed to another window, here you can select where you want the extracted file to be saved, you can either choose the same folder or a different one.

After the extracted files have been saved, the application will open, and you’ll be able to see two different files, one called the DS4 Updater.exe and the other file DS4 Windows.exe.

The DS4 updater files come handy when you have to update the application with the latest drives. You can also run this while when you face any functioning problem.

The second file contains all the important content, to set-up the application double click on it and this will mark the beginning of the setup procedure.


Setting Up DS4 Windows

When the application is launched, you’ll be asked what you want the settings to be. We recommend using the AppData settings which is the default settings.

After doing so, you will be re-directed to another page. Here you’ll find a Pop-Up window.

Select install the DS4 Driver option and this will enable you to control the DS4 controller.

This application is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Basically, all versions higher than Windows 8.

If you are using Windows 7, then you’ll have to download another application called “Install 360 Driver” in order to learn how to use PS4 controller on PC using this method.


Connecting Your PS4 Controller

After you’re done downloading both the software and installing them, you can connect the controller to the PC using a normal micro USB cable.

But If you want to use the remote wirelessly, you have to connect the controller via Bluetooth.


Troubleshooting

This part is just in case you run into any trouble while connecting your PS4 controller to PC. You can look into the following options

Look for the settings tab and under than find the option “Hide DS4 Controller”. This works only when your DS4 is taking over more priority than other connected devices like an Xbox controller.

This option on how to use PS4 controller on PC also comes handy when you want to make sure DS4 windows is not as dominant as steam’s DS 4 configuration.

If your DS 4 is not working properly while you have other devices connected. Look for a button at the bottom of the DS4 Windows, and this gives you the option of connecting to the DS 4 exclusively which makes it the only source of input for the games.

The first file that we spoke about that is the DS4update.exe, will automatically check and download the latest version.

The only thing you have to keep in mind is to run the program once in a while. This will keep you updated, and the DS4 windows will work properly and give you no trouble at all.


EXTRA: How to Use PS4 Controller On PC – Steam


Steam fulfills every gamers dream of being able to use your DS 4 controller on your PC. Steam has their own controller that gains a lot of Values attention.

But their importance grew after they were compatible with Dual Shock 4. You can do a lot of amazing things with your controller via stream, but this is possible only if you have programming knowledge.

Using the Steam app for the DS4 controller is not as easy as it was for Xbox controllers, it is slightly complicated.

To start the step up, first, make sure your controller is connected to the PC. The next step is to open Steam and click on the Big Picture mode.

The big picture mode on Steam is the only way you can activate and access the small most setting of the controller.

If you’ve reached this step then look for the settings option and click on it. It usually is the gear icon and situated in the upper right-hand corner and then click on controller settings.

Look for the PS4 configuration support box and open it, fill in all the details mentioned there, they usually ask you to register your PS 4 controller to your Steam account.

This is the part where you can go crazy and customize all the controls according to your needs! You could also the touchpad as a mouse and pick a color for the light bar, this might be a tedious process but definitely worth it.

Steam lets you customize your DS4 to such an extent it is mind-blowing. You receive more or less the same offers that valve has for the conventional Steam controllers.

To make sure Steam works efficiently, download the latest version and always make sure to download and install the updates.

A lot of people don’t find this method comfortable and look for other alternative methods, if you’re one of them, then continue reading.


Remote Play

If your PC is powerful and has a 2GB video cards or an i5 Core processor or any Windows higher than the eight you can directly stream content to your computer from your PS4.

This is possible even on Windows Vista, but who really owns a Vista!

The process on how to use PS4 controller on PC is relatively simple all you have to do is download the software onto your PC and then activate Remote Play on your PS4 settings.

The only thing you have to make sure of is that both the devices are connecting to the same network.

You might have to enter a code the first time you connect the DS4, do not worry about that, they have an installation guide to help you through the process.


Native Support

You could have tried many third-party applications like Steam and so on or you could have tried direct downloads.

Even after that, if you still confuse and asking the same question “How to use PS4 controller on PC”. This could be the solution to your problem.

Some games come with the inbuilt option of native support for PS4 controllers.

There is only one thing that you have to do, that is enabling the function in the games settings. You have to look for the controller configuration and mention that the DS4 in plugged in and connected.

There is no particular list that mentions the names of games that are compatible with PC. But you can always look it up or ask around.

Games like Dark Asian, Dragon’s Dogma: Darken Arisen, Assassin’s Creed Origins and certain editions of Call of Dutty support the native play option.

All in All, you won’t have to search how to use PS4 controller on PC for all these main franchises.


PlayStation Now

The PlayStation Now used to be compatible with a lot of devices like the PS3’s, PSTV’s and even Smart TVs! But now it restricts and compatible only with PS4 and Windows PC.

The PC app supports the native DS4 support as far as we know. The best way on how to use PS4 controller on PC is to download the app from the official Sony website and run it.

The DS3 and DS4 are the best controllers you can use, but now you can use any PS controller.

Once you have connected your DS4 controller to the PC, you can use it for any, and I mean any PS game.

To start, you can touch the right side of the touchpad, and you can use the left side of the touch bad as the select option.

Other than this every other button works the same as the DS3. Even the button for bringing up the menu is the same.

The main drawback of this method is the navigation does not work outside the PS menu option.

Which means you’ll have to use the age-old method of keyboard and mouse to navigate around.

This leaves you no other option but to switch between the controller and keyboards continuously. But, the controller works like a charm once you start playing the game.


Ending Note

This brings us to an end on how to use PS4 controller on PC. There are various methods mentioned above, keeping in mind your budget, computer skills, and available resources, select the method that works best for you.

Also, if you’re aware of any other ways on how to use PS4 controller on PC, then please let us know. You can always try various methods and then choose one method. Have fun gaming!

 

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