How to connect a PS4 controller to a PC

Is it possible to connect a PS4 DualShock 4 controller to a Windows PC, using Bluetooth and USB and make it work? Alas, if you’ve already tested the thing, you already know that the controller is not natively compatible with Windows. But we have a solution for you. Follow this tutorial to bypass this limit and take advantage of the DualShock 4 to play your favorite games on PC.

Natively, PlayStation controllers are not recognized by Windows. Fortunately, it is possible, thanks to a small program, to make the operating system believe that your controller is an Xbox controller. And there, a miracle: you will be able to use your DualShock to play all your favorite games on PC with your favorite controller. Rest assured, this is perfectly stable, and does not require any special technical knowledge.

Read also: All about the DualSense controller, the replacement for the DualShock

How to connect your PS4 DualShock 4 controller to a Windows 10/11 and earlier PC?

A simple program turns your DualShock 4 into an Xbox controller … at least, in the eyes of your PC. Here is how you do it:

  • Download DS4Windows by clicking here
  • Move the contents of the .zip file at the location 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

Probably the easiest method, all you need is a simple USB cable compatible with the controller.

  • Plug in your controller
  • The controller is normally detected and the drivers installed automatically
  • Play!

Connect your controller via Bluetooth

If you prefer to play wireless, you can also use Bluetooth to connect your controller. Nothing’s easier :

  • On the controller, hold the PS and Share buttons pressed for 3 seconds
  • The light bar will then start to flash
  • Go to the Bluetooth settings Windows
  • Select Wireless Controller
  • If Windows asks you, enter the pairing code 0000
  • Connection is established when the light bar is displayed in blue
PS4 controller on PC

How to connect your PS4 controller to a PC via Steam

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

  • Install the latest version by Steam
  • Connect your controller in Bluetooth or in USB

The controller should automatically work in 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.

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