How To Connect PS4 Controller on PC (Windows 10)

If you have a video game console at home, you don’t need to buy another controller when you want to play on your Windows PC, because your PlayStation 4 controller can be used in your PC too.

Today you will see how to configure your PS4 Controller to be able to use it in Windows 10.

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as connecting and using, so we’re going to give you two methods to do it.

The first is only for Steam and the second work for all your programs and games.

Windows 10 Automatically Installs the Controller

The first thing you have to do is connect the controller to your compute, Windows will install a new device Wireless Controller

By default Windows doesn’t map the PS4 Controller buttons so you will need to make some extra configurations.

Method #1: Set up your PS4 controller on Steam

Fortunately, Steam compensates Windows lacks by being perfectly compatible with the PS4 controller natively.

In this way, although the controller isn’t mapped in Windows, you can configure it correctly in Steam.

To do so, you have to open Steam and go to the Steam Big Picture interface by clicking on the controller icon in the upper right corner.

steam big picture

Once in Steam’s Big Picture mode, now you have to go into the settings section. Find the Settings icon in the upper right part of the screen, it has the shape of a cogwheel.

Now you have to click on Controller Settings. If you don’t see it in the menu, look it up in the Controller section.

You will see that you can choose several options, most of them designed to configure a specific controller.

All you have to do now is check the PS4 Configuration Support box. Steam will recognize your controller and you will already have it mapped automatically.

Now, register your PS4 Controller on your account.

The last step will be to customize your controller. You can give it a specific name, enable or disable vibration, and configure the color, brightness, and saturation of the light characteristic of the PlayStation 4 control.

Once you have everything to your liking press Send and ready, you can use it in any game.

Method #2: Set up your PS4 controller with DS4Windows

But if you have games on other platforms than Steam, you also have an alternative.

This is DS4Windows, an application with which to automatically install the drivers needed by Windows to configure your command correctly. Go to their website and click on the Download Now button to go to the downloads section.

It will take you to the GitHub page of the project, where you will have to click on the option to start the download. Unzip the file and double click on the DS4Windows.exe file.

The first time it will ask you where you want to save the profiles of your controllers.

If you press Program Folder, it will save your profiles in the same folder of the program, and with Appdata it will save in the internal Windows files. Choose the one you prefer.

Now, Click on Step 1 to install the drivers.

If you have Windows 7 or earlier, you will have to click on Step 2to install additional drivers. Once finished, click on Finish at the bottom of the screen.

It’s possible that you have to wait a few minutes or even restart to complete the process, but the next time you start the application you will only see the Controllers screen , and in it, you should see the controller with its MAC address and the battery life.

On the right, you will also see a pull-down tab with controller profiles, and an Edit button to edit them.

You can edit the profile by adjusting each and every one of the parameters of the controller, from the color to the vibration. These are pretty advanced settings, so touch them only if you know what you’re doing.

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