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Best ways to use a PS4 Controller on PC: Wired and Wirelessly in 2020

Today gaming has become no less than a profession. Gamers earn a handsome amount each year while gaming. Isn’t that just cool to earn whilst doing the job you love the most? Earlier, connecting a PS4 Controller Bluetooth PC used to be a hectic job and even after fixing for hours, you still won’t come to a solution.

Now due to PS4 controller Bluetooth PC like DualShock 4 which has better software and hardware, it has become slightly more convenient to use PS4 controller on PC with Bluetooth.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC
Dual Shock 4 (PS 4)

Using a PS4 controller automatically makes you good at some games depending on their genre. Instead of buying a separate PC controller, won’t it be better to just use your console (PS4) controller, as it can do for a PC controller and can save you some bucks?

This article will help you to set up a PS4 controller on PC with the help of third-party software and as well as on steam both wired and wireless (Bluetooth).

Below we have discussed five methods for connecting a PS4 controller Bluetooth PC as well as wired ones. Following are the five methods. If you are looking to buy one here is the link:

1. Setting up PS4 Controller Bluetooth PC

It is always better to have wireless stuff for more convenience. Wired things need extensive care so that it can last long, whereas wireless stuff is easy to use and as well as portable which makes gaming more fun and entertaining.

Connecting a PS4 Controller Bluetooth to PC

To connect PS4 controller Bluetooth PC, you need to download third-party software called DS4 Windows.

You can get the software here. Make sure you got the right tool such as 7zip or WinRAR which can extract the zip file for you.

After downloading the file, follow the steps below:

  1. Extract the DS4Windows file by using a proper utility (as mentioned above)

2. Open the DS4Windows.exe. You’ll be asked to save the profile and settings. You can choose either option, whichever best suits you.

3. A dialog box will appear which will ask you for setting up drivers according to your OS.


Click on Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver if you have Windows 8.1 or higher.

Otherwise select Step 2: If on Windows 7 or below, Install 360 Driver” button only if you have a Windows 7 or older OS.

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Click on Finish once the installation is complete.

After that, proceed with the steps below:

Open the DS4 Windows application.

From the icon tray at bottom right, click on Add a Bluetooth Device. It can be in the form of ‘Add Bluetooth or other devices’ in Windows 10.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC
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Now hold the Share and the PS button at the same time for about 3 seconds to make your controller available for pairing.

If a light appears to blink at the top of the controller then it’s all good, otherwise, repeat the step.

Now click on the ‘Wireless Controller’ to pair up with your PC or laptop.

For Windows 7 or older, enter a pairing code ‘0000’ if asked.

Click on ‘Done’ and you can see the light on the controller which indicates that everything is ready.

You can also see your controller in DS4 Windows’ controller tab.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC

Don’t worry if your PC does not have built-in Bluetooth. Refer to Using a Sony Adapter, if your PC does not have a built-in Bluetooth.

If you want to personalize your controller, add its name and other cool stuff, refer to Personalizing with the help of DS4 Windows.

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Can use for any game on PCInvolvement of third-party software
Works efficiently for bluetooth
Might get hectic

2. Setting up Wired PS4 Controller

Setting up a PS4 controller such as DualShock 4 is a very easy task, all you need to do is make some changes.

Now we need to take help from the third-party software in order to ensure complete functionality.

Connecting a wired PS4 Controller to PC

To connect Wired PS4 Controller, again we need help from third-party software called DS4 Windows.

You can get the software here. Make sure you got the right tool such as 7zip or WinRAR which can extract the zip file for you.

After downloading the file, follow the steps below:

Extract the DS4Windows file by using a proper utility (as mentioned above)

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC
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Open the DS4Windows.exe. You’ll be asked to save the profile and settings. You can choose either option, whichever best suits you.

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A dialog box will appear which will ask you for setting up drivers according to your OS.


Click on Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver if you have Windows 8.1 or higher.

Otherwise select Step 2: If on Windows 7 or below, Install 360 Driver” button only if you have a Windows 7 or older OS.

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Click on Finish once the installation is complete.

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Now connect your PS4 Controller to your PC through micro USB cable.


This way, we have tricked our computer to recognize PS4 Controller as Xbox 360 Controller so that it can work properly.

After you plug in your PS4 Controller the DS4 Windows should show Xbox 360 Controller. Otherwise, exit the Windows and try restarting it. If this doesn’t work, you can try unplugging the controller and then plug it again.

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Can use for any game on PCInvolvement of third-party software
Fast/ResponsiveMight get hectic

Xbox controllers, both 360 and One work easily by directly connecting them to your PC via micro USB cable. Within seconds, your PC installs some essential drivers and you’re good to go.

Read More: Best Xbox One Browsers

3. Configuring PS4 Controller Bluetooth PC on Steam:

Steam announced the addition of PS4’s DualShock 4 controller support on PC in 2016. Although Steam has its very own controller, still there was a need for PS4 controller support as well to ensure more flexibility.

You need the latest Steam version for this purpose so that you have fewer bugs and better support. Get the latest version here.

IMPORTANT: This procedure will allow you to use the PS4 controller on PC within the boundaries of Steam. If you want to use your PS4 controller Bluetooth PC or wired, refer to the procedure Setting Up PS4 Controller Bluetooth PC.

Do not yet plug in your controller into the PC. Simply follow the steps below to setup PS4 Controller on PC (Bluetooth or wired):

– Log in to your existing Steam account or download it from here.

– Check for any updates if available, most of the time Steam automatically updates it.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC
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– Click on Steam on the title bar and select Settings from the dropped down menu.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC

– A dialog box will appear. Click on ‘Controller’ in the left menu. (second last option)

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC

– From there, click on ‘General Controller Settings’. There check the ‘PlayStation Configuration Support’. You can also check out other options if you have other controllers.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC

– Now plug in your controller via micro USB cable. A bell-type sound is generated if your controller is detected and it also gets shown in the same dialog box as shown.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC

– You can either use a wired controller or PS4 controller Bluetooth PC.

You can also personalize your controller in Steam. Refer to Personalizing in Steam.

Pros & Cons:

ProsCons
Built-in Support by SoftwareCan use within the vicinity of Steam
Works for both Wired/Bluetooth
Easy setup

4. Using a Sony Adapter for PS4 Controller Bluetooth PC:

You might be wondering that what if your PC does not have a built-in Bluetooth and you got a PS4 Bluetooth controller. Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered at this one too.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC

You can get a separate Wireless Adapter exclusively built by Sony for the same purpose. All you need is to plug in the dongle into your PC’s USB port and wait for 2-3 seconds and now your PC has Bluetooth. If you don’t have it, you can order one from here:

You can use any Bluetooth Adapter that supports Bluetooth 2 or above and it should work fine.

Pros & Cons of Using a Sony Adapter for PS4 Controller Bluetooth PC :

ProsCons
Gives your PC its very own bluetoothExpensive
Makes a stronger connection

5. Remote Play for PS4 controller on PC Bluetooth

This is a pretty new and innovative way to play your PS4 games directly on your computer via a local network.

For this purpose, you need a powerful PC (minimum Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 2 GB VRAM, and Windows 8.1 or above). You can directly view contents from your PS4 right onto your computer screen.

This method works only for Dual Shock 4 PS4 Controller Bluetooth PC or wired. This is the one:

Follow the steps below:

– Download and install the PS4 Remote Play. Click here to download. You have options for either Windows or Mac.

– Simply follow the instructions that appear on the screen. You may be asked to download some additional files as well.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC
Welcome screen of ‘Remote Play’ on Mac

– Enable Remote play in your PS4 system by going into Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings > Enable Remote Play.

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC
Enable Remote Play after clicking the above option

– Now go to Settings > Account Management > Activate as Your Primary PS4 > Activate

PS4 controller Bluetooth PC

– Now lastly to enable Remote play in rest mode, go to Settings > Power Save Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode. Then checkboxes for Stay Connected to the Internet and Enable Turning On PS4 from Network.

– Now put your PS4 system in rest mode and connect a controller to your PC either wired or wireless.

– Launch Remote Play on your computer and enter your PS4 ID and Password, then click ‘Start’

– Make sure your PS4 system and PC are connected to the same high-speed internet. (Better if 15 Mbps or above)

Visit the following document for further queries.

Sony added Remote play for Apple devices as well.

Pros & Cons:

ProsCons
Can play PS 4 games exclusively on PC with PS 4 controllerLong procedure
A relatively newer technologySeparate setup on PC and PS4

Personalizing Your Controller

Most of us like to personalize the stuff and here you can also change different settings of your controller according to your interest and taste. It makes the connection of you and with your controller stronger.

1. Personalizing with the help of DS4 Windows:

In order to personalize your controller, go to Profiles tab in DS4 Windows application. You can change your controller’s name.

Like in Game of Thrones, all good swords have names, similarly, you can name your controller whatever you like. You can also turn the rumble on or off or adjust its loudness.

Personalizing your controller in DS4 Windows

For PS4 Controller Bluetooth PC, you can set a flash of color to light up when your battery goes low. Further, you can also assign macros or hotkeys and set custom key mapping as well.

2. Personalizing in Steam:

You can also personalize your controller in Steam but it doesn’t provide you as many options as DS4 Windows does. Simply go to Preferences tab in Settings > Controller > General Settings. This ‘Preferences’ tab will only be visible if your controller will be plugged in.

Select ‘Preferences’ for personalizing your controller in Steam

Here you can also name your controller and adjust its sound. Moreover, you can adjust the controller light colors.

We know that gaming has become crucial. It can release your stress. We know that you want to do quality gaming so we decided to come up with this article to provide you with the best methods by which you can hook up a PS4 controller and use it as a PC controller.

Well, that’s all folks! We have told you all the basic ways for pairing up your PS4 Controller PC via Bluetooth as well as wired to the best of our knowledge.

Follow all the steps and you can easily hook up your PS4 controller and play even more cool games on your PC. We have added pictures for you so that you do not stray from the path.

Comment your queries down below and do let us know how was your experience while setting your PS4 Controller on PC and which method helped you the best.

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