How to Make Your PS4 Controller Work on PC

 19 May, 2021

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You may have assumed that DualShock 4 is nearing the end of its lifespan following the release of PS5, but it could live on as a PC gamepad. No doubt this is convenient as buying a new controller for your PC can be annoying and overly pricey if you’re not planning to leave consoles for long.

Luckily, it’s possible to use the DualShock 4 for PC gaming via DS4Windows, a program that emulates an Xbox 360 controller so you can enjoy PC games without spending more money. Moreover, gamepads are easier to use than keyboard/mouse pairings and certainly easier than using trackpads.

The only drawback is the lack of plug-and-play, plus the need to download and install DS4Windows correctly. That’s why we’ve put this guide together to help you out.

Get DS4 Windows

Head over to the site and click the download link, then select the latest version from Github. The file shouldn’t take long to download.

Installation

Open the folder and click DS4Windows, then select extract all files. DS4Update.exe will scan for driver updates and you’ll want to use this any bugs show up.

This prompt will appear, so choose to save via your program folder or Appdata.
Choose to install the DS4 Driver (assuming you’ve got Windows 10), else select the 360 Driver. You may need to reboot if the driver installation doesn’t show up as complete.

Click Finish and you’re done.

Start Playing

You’ll require a USB or Bluetooth cable when connecting the DualShock, then you can plug in and start playing. Bluetooth is more convenient assuming you prefer wireless controls, but you’ll need to check your machine already features a receiver. If not, you’ll need to purchase an adapter.

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