How to Connect PS4 Controller to PC {Complete Guide}

Launched back in 2014, Sony actually took over the Gaming Console Market with their PlayStation 4. This next generation console also included its next-generation controller with some exclusive new features. The DualShock 4 debuted with some impressive and unique set of options, allowing it to supplant the DualShock 3 among Sony loyalists quickly. Though slightly heavier than the predecessor, the DualShock controller showcased much improvement in the analog sticks and triggers and a brand new capacitive touchpad.

Perhaps, it’s one of the greatest features that Sony committed to was providing the support of DualShock 4 with Windows-based PCs. So, without any further talking, let’s learn how to connect PS4 controller to PC or computer.

1. Using the Sony Wireless Adapter

The fastest and the simplest way to get your PC and DualShock 4 controllers interacting are with the official Sony Wireless Adapter which it had launched after many requests. This device is comparatively inexpensive and plugs directly into every standard USB port on PCs. To get it operating, just plug it into the system and turn on your DualShock 4 controller. Within few seconds, all the two devices would automatically detect one another.

Voila! That’s it! This is the easiest solution and doesn’t take much time to configure as well. Do keep in mind that the adapter is about 3-inches long, meaning that it would stick out of your system or laptop like a big flash drive. You can easily purchase the Adaptor from Amazon or any other E-Commerce website for around $40.


2. Connecting the Controller with Steam

In late 2016, Valve also announced that all the future versions of Steam would now offer extensive support for the DualShock 4. So, if you want to use the DualShock 4 with PC games on your PC or MacBook using Steam, all you need to do is make sure your Steam software is updated. Plug in your controller into the PC and follow the steps mentioned below.

Even if your Steam is up to date, there are chances that you’ll encounter few problems. Steam exclusively supports the DS4 controller, sure, but that doesn’t really mean that every game does. For instance, I had issues with playing Dark Souls III. However, if you’re not satisfied with this method and want to play games apart from the Steam, then the next trick might be the best for you.


3. Connecting Dualshock 4 using DS4Windows

And the last solution is to use Dualshock 4, it might require a setup, but it’s still the best way to connect your PC and DualShock 4 together without any headaches. You can connect the DualShock 4 controller any system using DS4Windows, a third-party software tool, in either wired or wireless connection (if your PC has Bluetooth). You can then use the controller with Steam games, Origin games, or any game that can be played with a gamepad.

The first thing is to download the latest version of DS4Windows, which you can found on its official website. Simply download the file, and extract it using any extracting software like WinRAR or 7Zip. The extracted folder will contain two files, DS4Windows, and the DS4Update. Now, Double-click DS4Windows to run the installer.

Just follow the instructions, and with few clicks here and there, you’ll get the program installed on your PC. The installation is fast, and you won’t have to wait long. Now, click on Install 360 Driver if you’re on Windows 7, however it comes pre-installed on Windows 8 & 10 for the drivers. Once you’re done with both installations, the controller is ready to be connected. Just plug in the DualShock 4 using a micro-USB cable, and you’re all set to rock. The controller also gets charged when connected with a cable. However, to connect the DualShock 4 wirelessly, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Press and hold the PS Button on the DualShock 4 for three seconds or more, until the light bar starts to flash.
  • Step 2: Now, open the Bluetooth settings on your PC or Laptop.
  • Step 3: Pair with the Wireless Controller like you pair any other device.
  • Step 4: If by chance, your PC prompts to input a pairing code, entering “0000” would do the job.
  • Step 5: Now, finish the DS4Windows Installation Process.


Customizing individual setup

The primary DS4Windows UI allows the players to adjust almost every aspect of the controller, right down from the color of the LED light bar, to the vibrations (Shocks). By default, the driver profile works for most of the PC games, but only if they’re devised to work with an XBox controller already.

Moreover, if you want to play games that aren’t readily flexible with controllers, then the user can select a specific pre-made profile or create his/her own, which assigns the controls to the DualShock Controller keys. The touchpad sensitivity, macros, and few other options are available, just explore the options that work best for you.

Troubleshooting the Doubts

If you get stuck into problems while using the DualShock 4 controller, then this section might help you. Firstly, under the settings option, you can hide DS4 Controller by toggling it. This comes really handy if you’re facing any priority issues because of other connected controllers, like the Xbox Controller. This gives them precedence over the Steam’s DualShock 4 configuration.

Similarly, if the DualShock 4 is connected properly but isn’t correct because other input devices are connected, then there is an option at the bottom of DS4Windows by which you can exclusively connect the PS4 controller to your PC.

The other file that comes in the DS4Windows installation, DS4Update, keeps a regular check for and automatically downloads the latest version of DS4Windows software. Be sure to check and run it every once in a while. Do share your thoughts and let me know if you’ve successfully managed to connect the PS4 controller to PC in the comment section below. You can also contact me if you’re facing any trouble in connecting the DualShock Controller.