How to use your PS4 controller on your computer

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It’s no doubt there are some games on your computer that are much easier playing with a controller. And, if not your Xbox controller, why not the PlayStation Dualshock? Well, here at Android Central we’re a virtual based tech company who’s here to help you find all the answers you’re looking for. Now, thankfully there is a program out there, known as DS4 Windows, that will override your computer into making it think you’re actually using your Xbox controller (even when you’re not).

Products used in this guide

  • Amazon: Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller ($55)
  • Amazon: Dell XPS 9370 Laptop ($1,400)
  • winRAR: winRAR ($29)

Get DS4 Windows working on your computer

Go to DS4Windows.
Scroll down to Downloads
Select “Main builds of DS4Windows”.

Download the latest version.

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Open the Zip file.

Right click the folder and select extract all files.

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Name your file whatever you want and hit okay.
Go to the folder you extracted the files to.
Open DS4Windows.

Select if you would like the settings and profiles saved to a program folder or Appdata.

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If you are using Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, select Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver.
If you are Windows 7 or below, select Step 2 to install the 360 driver.

So, there you have it. This will set you up to get the programs that you need that will allow your Dualshock controller to work with your computer. Continue to see the different ways of connecting your Dualshock controller to your computer via Bluetooth or cables.

How to connect via USB cable

Connect your controller to your PC through the same USB cable you would use to connect it to your PlayStation 4.
As soon as the pop-up comes up and says Windows has detected your device you can immediately get to playing.

How to connect via Bluetooth

Press and hold the central PlayStation button, and the Share button, until the lightbar on your controller flashes.
Open the Bluetooth settings on your PC.
Select “Wireless Controller”.
If prompted to enter a pairing code, type “0000”.

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