How to Use PlayStation 4 Dualshock Controller on PC

Kelly M. Nunez
Aug 13 · 3 min read

Today, we’re going to show you how to pair DS4 with a Windows PC. What was not possible with the PlayStation controllers back then is now easy with the arrival of DS4Windows. Connecting DS4 to Windows can be helpful if you feel like the keyboard and mouse controls are too boring. And also some games are easier to control using a DS4 anyway. With DS4 Tool the DualShock controllers can also be used for gaming on the PC. You can not only use your PS4 controller for gaming on the PC, but you can also pair your old PS3 controller too. We’ll show you how it’s done. This procedure is quite simple. But before you begin the pairing process, you have to download ds4windows and then install it.

Download DS4Windows
Download DS4Windows

DS4Windows Pairing

Via Cable:

If you’re using a wired DS4 controller with DS4Windows, then the process is way easier than connecting via Bluetooth. As the first step, connect the controller to your computer with the supplied USB cable. DS4Windows should automatically detect the controller and open the configuration windows. Therefore, you do not have to make any further changes.

Via Bluetooth:

But if you’re using a Bluetooth controller, there are few more steps. You don’t have to worry about since these steps are not that complicated.

To connect via Bluetooth, your computer must have a DS4 Bluetooth adapter. If you already have one, go to the Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Devices and Printers path and select Add Device. Simultaneously press the Share button and the PlayStation button on the controller so that a white light appears. The two devices can now recognize and connect.

Windows 10 & Bluetooth: In the start menu, open the “Settings” via the gearwheel symbol. In the category “Devices” and “Bluetooth and other devices” you can search for and add the controller. To do this, hold down the PlayStation button on the controller for a few seconds. If a code is required, type 0000.
If there are problems with the keyboard layout, download the latest updates for Windows. With the free tool DS4Windows, you can additionally adjust the key assignment of the controller and you also have the ability to save them in profiles.

For Older Versions:

If you have an old PS3, to use your PS3 controller on the PC, you need to connect the controller to your PC with a USB cable and install the free ScpToolkit driver. And the rest of the process is the same as DS4 pairing.

We hope that this DS4Windows installation guide helped you. With this tutorial, you can get the DS4 controller to work on almost any Windows PC, regardless of the hardware used. However, if you want to play games with beautiful graphics and effects, you can not beat a strong graphics dedicated card. Therefore please note that the quality of the gameplay depends on the graphics card you use.

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