One of the best gamepads in the present generation of consoles would be Sony's PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller. The good news: Providers of a DS4 controller may use it for virtually all gamepad-ready Windows games. The bad: Unlike Microsoft's Xbox One gamepads, preparing the PS4 controller onto a PC requires somewhat more effort, at least when it comes to wireless use. But don't worry, we'll demonstrate how to play your favourite games using all the PlayStation controller. Incidentally, this also works with both the older DualShock 4 control and the revised version published in 2016 with the PlayStation 4 Pro.
Probably the easiest choice to utilize the DualShock 4 control on the PC is the use of a traditional USB cable. Not only can the DualShock 4 controller be charged through the micro USB port, but it can also be joined to the PC like any other USB device. Windows 10 recognizes the gamepad in a few seconds and you are able to use it. Especially in newer games or in the Big-Picture interface of Steam, you can now utilize the PS4 controller immediately. But oftentimes, you need an additional installation using a tool such as DS4Windows
- more about that below.
Whether via cable or Bluetooth: You will find that the use of the PS4 controller on the PC in many games is not feasible or just faulty. The reason: Microsoft employs the Xinput interface on Windows to join game controllers. Most games, therefore, require a Xinput-compatible Gamecotnroller, like the Xbox One or Xbox 360 gamepads. Sony officially does not support Xinput, which explains the reason why the PS4 controller is not recognized by games such as FIFA 19. That does not matter! Several apps jump into the breach. Probably the best is the free app DS4Windows
, The open-source tool trickles Windows into believing that the connected PS4 controller is an Xbox gamepad. This works with both the wired and the Bluetooth version. In practice, this means you could control virtually all controller-compatible Windows games using the DualShock 4 control.