How to Connect PlayStation 4 Controller to Computer
The controller we get with PS4 comes with DualShock design and has very impressive features which include more effective analog sticks and improved trigger buttons along with capacitive Touchpad. The DualShock 4 is a bit heavier compared DualShock 3. As promised, Sony made the new controller with Windows PC. We have tested the compatibility and that seems to be quite good. The connectivity with the controller is getting good day after day. Recently Sony has launched a dongle for PCs too. It also includes third party applications such as Steam and DS4Windows.
If you were trying to connect or even had a thought to connect your Dualshock 4 controller with Windows PCs, here is the step by step process to do the same. Let’s take a look:
Connect DualShock 4 with Steam:
Steam which is very popular PC gaming portal extends a very good support for DualShock 4 and it is super easy to play games. The steps to connect DualShock 4 with PC includes:
- Make sure that you client is updated.
- Secondly you have to connect your controller to your PC.
Even though when everything is up to date, then also you might face some issues. If you have tried playing fire soul III, then you know what I am talking about for sure. Steam works on DS4 but not every PC work with controller.
Connect DualShock 4 with Steam and DS4Windows:
DS4 Windows is a third-party application which connects your pc and the controller. If you do not want to spend money on buying the adapter then this is one of the best options you have to play with Origin, UPlay, GoG, or other PC gaming portals.
It is designed in a manner that it makes your system believe the fact that the player is playing on Xbox 360 controller. You can use it be performing the steps below: –
- You have to download the latest version of DS4 Windows.
- After downloading the file and extracting it, you will receive two files namely DS4Windows and DS4Update.
- Run the file DS4windows and you will see an installer running on your screen.
- Follow the instruction written on the prompt shown during installation process.
Note: You have to install 360 drivers on windows 7 or older. On windows 8 and later, it is pre-installed.
After you are done with installation, connect your dualshock 4 with PC using a micro USB and you are ready to play your games.
In order to connect your PC and controller wirelessly, you have to execute the steps below.
- Open Bluetooth setting on your pc.
- Press the PS button on your dual shock 4 for three seconds, you will see a flash.
- Connect your controller to your pc by pairing it through the similar code when prompt.
- Once done, click finish.
The Dualshock 4 windows provide a wide range of capabilities where you can customize it. From LED light bar to every small thing, you can customize it and fix it. The adapters which are compatible with the PC will have their default profiles. And the ones where the game is not compatible will have to create their own account.
Connecting with Sony Wireless adapter:
This is by far the best and simplest option I have but the issue is that Sony has stopped manufacturing the wireless adaptors. You can still some how find the Sony Wireless adaptor online. You can purchase them and use them as per your convenience. If you somehow find the Sony adaptor in the market, then the steps below are the steps you need to perform to get it done.
Connect the adapter with the PC.
Turn on Dual shock controller. The controller will detect the adaptor and you can connect with the option provided there.