19 May, 2021
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
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.
Click Finish and you’re done.
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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