How to play with a PS4 controller on your computer?


The controller is your weapon of choice when you play on a computer? If you prefer it to the classic keyboard/mouse combo, you also have requirements for its choice. For you, it will not be an Xbox controller but a Dualshock 4! Here’s how to set it up.

The keyboard-mouse combo bores you but you do not have a controller at hand, except that of your PS4. A very good wireless controller that shines with its precision.

But that is not natively compatible with operating systems, other than that of your console. To get around this limit, make your computer believe that your PS4 controller is a controller Xbox! You just have to connect it via BlueTooth or USB to your computer to play with.

play ps4 controller computer

Connect your Dualshock 4 controller on Windows

Whether you are on Windows 10 or an earlier version of Microsoft’s operating system, you will need to install a specific driver to recognize your PS4 controller. This is called DS4Windows and is downloaded directly here as a Zip file. Right-click to start extracting the content, the system will ask you for a specific location. Then run the DS4Windows.exe program and choose the ViGEmBus Driver option if you are running Windows 8, 8.1 or 10, 360Driver, if you are running under Windows 7 or earlier.

ps4 pc driver interface

Your controller is now recognized. You have the choice of connecting it to your PC via USB port or Bluetooth.

  • For the USB solution, plug your controller into one of the USB ports on your machine. Windows will detect it automatically. You can immediately start your favorite game.
  • To pair your Bluetooth controller, simultaneously press the PS  and  Share buttons on your controller for a few seconds until the light bar blinks twice. Then go to the Devices  >  Bluetooth settings in Windows and click Activate. Select  Wireless Controller to pair. If Windows prompts you, enter the pairing code 0000.

And under Linux?

Unlike Windows, Linux natively supports Dualshock4 controllers. You do not need to install a driver. If you want to play, just plug in your controller using a USB cable or Bluetooth.

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