How to Connect and Play Games on your PC with PS4 DualShock 4 Controller

Sony’s Dualshock 4 controller is an awesome gadget. It seems Sony has installed all the features into this great controller. Who doesn’t want to try this controller at once? Although, Sony designed DualShock 4 is especially for the PlayStation 4. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t use the controller on your PC. Connecting DualShock 4 with the PC is a tricky task, but if you know about the features of the controller, then you’ll definitely want to try this on your PC games.

DualShock 4 is well supported with PCs, even its layout has all the buttons that a PC controller requires, but the only problem is audio jack. You need to connect the headphones directly to your computer to use them. Here is the complete procedure to connect and play games on your PC with PS4 DualShock 4 controller.

How to connect DualShock 4 controller with a Windows PC

DualShock 4 can be connected with a PC wirelessly as well as with a USB cable. If your computer has an inbuilt Bluetooth, then you can easily connect the controller wirelessly. In case your system doesn’t have Bluetooth, then you can use a USB cable or Wireless Adaptor for DualShock 4.

Download the DS4Windows

The controller won’t play just after connecting it. You need to install a program that can translate the DualShock 4’s inputs. The program DS4 works as a translator; it converts the inputs into something that a PC can understand. DS4Windows is a free program, download the application on your PC with the below steps.

1.    Ensure that you’ve a stable internet connection on your PC.

2.    Open a web browser.

3.    Go to “”.

4.    Download the DS4Windows program from the opened page.

5.    After finishing downloading, extract the downloaded file into a folder to install the DS4Windows application.

6.    Open the ‘DS4Windows’.

7.    Go with the instructions that prompt in the pop-up window to install the drivers for your DualShock 4 controller.

8.    Now, close the DS4Windows program.

9.    Connect the DualShock 4 controller to your PC.

10.    Wait for the controller to install automatically and display into the devices list. Once the controller’s name appears into the devices lists, that means it is set up successfully. You can confirm it in the DS4Windows.

11.    Open the ‘DS4Windows’.

12.    Look for the DualShock 4 under the Controllers. You’ll find it into the Status section. Don’t worry if Windows shows that it set up an Xbox 360 controller.

DualShock 4 controller is now ready to use on your PC. Start your favorite game and experience the new controlling.

Devin Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Devin has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as


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