I know I’m not the only one to think the DualShock 4 is a bad controller. Even if you do love it, there’s no denying that premium third-party controllers can offer a lot more. Most of these happen to be Bluetooth controllers, and though some may pair a bit differently, the steps on connecting a Bluetooth controller to your PS4 are generally the same no matter which brand or model you use.
Products used in this guide
- Take it to the next level: Scuf Vantage 2 ($200 at Amazon)
How to connect a Bluetooth controller to PS4
Turn on your PlayStation 4 with a controller already paired with it. Preferably your DualShock 4.
From the home screen, scroll to Settings.
Scroll down to Devices.
Select Bluetooth Devices.
On the controller you wish to pair, make sure the toggle is set to the wireless Bluetooth connection.
Press the PS button on the controller you are pairing to turn it on.
Hold the PS button and Share button for several seconds on the controller you wish to pair. Usually the lightbar will start flashing once it is successful, but this may vary from controller to controller.
On your PS4 screen, the name of the controller should pop up under Bluetooth Devices. Select that controller.
Choose Yes when asked whether you’d like to register the device.
Scuf Vantage 2
$200 at Amazon
Scuf took everything that made its Vantage controller good and somehow made it better. This is easily one of the most customizable controllers out there, and it’s perfect for pro players and casuals alike.
PlayStation Store Gift Card
From $10 at Amazon
Browse the PS Store at your leisure
Keeping a gift card on hand is a great way to buy digital games so it can be saved for a rainy day when a sale is going on. Gift cards can be used to purchase almost anything from the PlayStation Store.