Microsoft’s Xbox One controller may be one of the most convenient controllers ever released, but there’s just no beating the overall goodness that Sony’s Dualshock 4 possess. It’s just better in so many ways, and a huge improvement over the still-good, but could-be-better Dualshock 3. However, using the PS4 controller on PC is an entirely different story. Because, unlike the Xbox controller, it doesn’t have a driver built into it to make it work for Windows PCs without doing or buying anything special, which brings us to our guide.
While the DualShock 4 isn’t the easiest to use on the PC, there are a few methods that you can turn to for you to be able to use the PS4 controller on PC.
Can You Play Via Bluetooth?
First things first, though. Before we starting teaching you how to use your PS4 controller on PC, you may want to know that it is indeed possible to play via Bluetooth. However, your PC has to have a built-in bluetooth adapter, or else, you’ll have to buy one.
For that, the official Sony Dualshock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor is, by far, the best option in the market. Though a bit more expensive than the average Bluetooth dongle, it is worth the money. This is because it pairs immediately with your device without any hassle out of the box.
Note: For ease of use, we do recommend investing on Sony’s official adaptor for the DS4.
Native Support Via Steam
Now, moving on, if you plan on using your PS4 controller on PC to play games through Steam exclusively, then we have got good news for you. Because Steam added native Dualshock 4 support back in 2016, your DS4 controller should work automatically as soon as it’s plugged in or paired with your desktop PC.
If you are having problems, try pairing or plugging in your controller first before opening Steam, or any of your games available through Stream. If you’re having connection issues, try closing and reopening Steam. This solve the problem most of the time.
Unfortunately, not all games are available via Steam, while some just refuse to play through Steam outright. If that’s the case for you, then tough luck, because you’ll have to set it up manually. But, it is possible, via a program called DS4Windows.
DS4Windows is a software that basically allows you to use the PS4 controller on PC. It does so by emulating the Xbox 360 controller. In doing so, the program is able to make many of your games more accessible and playable using a DualShock 4, regardless of whether you’re playing through or outside of Steam.
You can download the program here.
Note: For the program to work properly, you’ll need to download Microsoft .NET 4.5, which you can download here. Also, if you’re using anything less recent than a Windows 7 SP1, you’ll need to download the Microsoft 360 Driver (from here) as well. You’ll also want to have a Micro USB Cable on hand too for you to use to connect your DualShock 4 controller if your PC doesn’t have an external or built-in bluetooth adapter (which most don’t).
Help! DS4Windows Is Too Tedious To Setup!
Herein lies the problem with using a PS4 controller on PC and not playing games through Steam. Though you can setup DS4Windows to make it possible to use the PS4 controller on PC, the process can be quite lengthy.
This is where the ControllerMax CronusMax PLUS comes in.
The CronusMax PLUS is a controller adapter that allows you to use any bluetooth-enabled controller on your PC, or for any console for that matter without much hassle. All you have to do is plug in the CronusMax PLUS, sync your controller, and you’re good to go. But, that’s not all that this unique device has to offer.
Though a bit overwhelming for first-time users, hardcore gamers who want to use their PS4 controller on PC will love the incredibly powerful mapping and customization tools, which includes features such as controller mods, as well as macros and scripts, that the CronusMax PLUS comes with.
Click here for the official website of the CronusMax PLUS.
Which of the methods have you tried that worked to help you use your PS4 Controller on PC? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.