How to connect a PS4 controller to a PC

It is possible to connect your PS4 DualShock 4 controller to your Windows PC, via bluetooth and USB. Alas, if you have already tested the thing, you already know that the controller is not natively compatible with Windows. Follow this tutorial to get around this limit and take advantage of your favorite controller to play your favorite games on PC!

Natively, PlayStation controllers are not recognized by Windows. Fortunately, it is possible thanks to a program to make the operating system believe that your controller is an Xbox controller. And there, miracle: you can use it to play all your favorite games on PC with your favorite controller! Rest assured, this is perfectly stable, and requires no special technical knowledge.

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How to connect your PS4 DualShock 4 controller to a Windows 10 and earlier PC

For that :

  • Download DS4Windows by clicking here
  • Locate the .zip file and right click to extract its content in the folder of your choice
  • Launch DS4Windows.exe
  • Click on  Install the DS4 Driver
  • If you are on Windows 7, also click on  Install 360 Driver

Connect your controller with the USB cable

  • Connect your controller
  • The controller is normally detected automatically and you can immediately start playing

Connect your controller via Bluetooth

  • On the controller, press and hold the PS and Sharing buttons for 3 seconds
  • The light bar will blink twice
  • Go to Windows Bluetooth Settings
  • Connect Wireless Controller
  • If prompted by Windows, enter the pairing code 0000

How to connect your PS4 controller to a PC via Steam

Steam can also configure your controller for you for certain games. For that :

  • Update Steam to make sure you have the latest version
  • Connect your controller
  • Test with a game

How to connect your PS4 controller to a Linux PC

DualShock 4 controllers are natively supported by most Linux distributions. So just connect your controller via its USB cable or via Bluetooth.

Have you encountered any difficulties? Any suggestions for improving this guide? Share your feedback in the comments!

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