With the launch of the new Sony Playstation 4 with improved hardware and a better controller then the previous Dual Shock 3. The Sony Playstation 4 has a prepacked Dual Shock 4 controller which is a massive change from all the previous generation consoles controllers and playing games have become more fun. There has been a massive improvements in the ergonomic design from the previous Dual Shock 3 controller.
The layout of the buttons and the joysticks are the same. There has been changes made in the L1 and L2 buttons which make them feel really good when pressing them. Along with that a touch pad has been placed in the top middle of the controller to control different aspects of the games.
I have found that alot of people who play games on both their Playstation 4 and on their PC want the better of both of them, the nifty controls of the PC with the mouse and keyboard with the ease and overall better feel of gaming when playing RPGs and such. So PC gamers tend to find a way to play their games on PC using the Playstation 4 Dualshock 4 controller. Unfortunately Sony has not made their Dual Shock 4 controller compatible with current windows and windows does not support Playstation 4 Dual Shock 4 controllers. Windows however is compatible with Xbox controllers.
So we cannot expect the owners of Playstation 4 buy an expensive Xbox controller for their gaming needs so there is a simple solution to this problem. We use the Playstation 4 Dual Shock 4 Controller on PC by tricking windows into thinking that we have plugged in a Xbox controller.
If you want to play your games using Playstaion 4 Dual Shock 4 Controller follow steps below.
Things you will need
- A Dual Shock 4 controller
- Charging wire for your Dual Shock 4 or a bluetooth dongle.
- Preferably Windows 10 or Windows 8. If not any other would do.
- A computer with a USB port
For Wired Connection
Step 1Close any program that might use direct plug and play of a controller. Programs such as Steam. Team Speak etc.
Plug in your Playstation 4 Dual Shock 4 controller into your PC USB port.
Download DS4 software. A zip file will be downloaded containing two files a DS4 Windows and DS4 Update.
Download Xbox Controller software if you are not on Windows 10 or Windows 8. Windows 10 and Windows 8 have pre installed Xbox Controller Software.
With the Dual Shock 4 Controller connected press the home button on the controller and run the DS4 Windows file from where you unzipped the DS4 software.
If you followed all the steps above then you will see a Playstaion 4 controller connected and showing the battery status.
For Bluetooth Connection
If you want to connect the controller using bluetooth you need to check for a few things but the method is same for connecting.
If your PC has a bluetooth receiver then the tast is simple.
Turn on your Playstation 4 controller by pressing the home button.
Open your bluetooth in windows 10 it is the notification button near the time date and calendar info in the task bar.
Open the bluetooth menu in the action center.
Press the Share button and the home button on the Dual Shock 4 controller for about 3 seconds after that you will see an icon appear on the bluetooth menu. connect the controller and you will be prompted with a pairing password. Type 0000 as the password and you are connected.