How To Play Games Using PS4 DualShock 4 Controller On PC

Dualshock 4 to PC
Dualshock 4 to PC

Being able to play games using the PS4 DualShock 4 Controller On PC is something that isn’t really fancied for PC gamers. Most PC gamers prefer gaming with their keyboard and mouse which provides them with a lot more control and precision than a controller (Both Xbox’s and Playstation’s) could offer. However, some PC Gamers still prefer gaming with a controller (Either Xbox’s or PlayStation).

There is no denying that some games are better played with a controller than the keyboard and mouse. Which might probably be the reason why people would like to play games using the PS4 DualShock 4 controller on PC. While the process of connecting an Xbox Controller to PC is basically a Plug and Play hassle-free process. It isn’t quite the same for the PS4 DualShock Controller. Nevertheless, the process isn’t tedious either as Sony has already simplified things using the DS4Windows Software.

What Is DS4Windows?

The DS4Windows (DualShock For Windows) Software is used for easily connecting your PS4 DualShock Controller to a PC. What the software does is to trick the Windows OS into thinking that your PS4 DualShock Controller is actually an Xbox controller. Pretty Cool right? Know that you know what the DS4Windows does, let’s go ahead and use it.

How To Play Games Using PS4 DualShock 4 Controller On PC

This procedure is for Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.

  • First, you will need to Download the DS4windows software which you can download on the GitHub. (Download the latest version)
  • Once you’ve Downloaded the DS4Windows, Locate it and Unzip/Extract it.

  • After extracting the files, you’ll have two files; DS4Updater.exe and DS4Windows.exe

  • Double-Click on the DS4Windows.exe to launch the Software and set it up.

  • In case you’re asked where you want your settings amd profile to be saved Choose “Appdata” which is the default Option.

  • You’ll be presented with an “Install the DS 4 Driver” in a new window. Click on it to install the necessary drivers.

  • Once the drivers are done Installing then the hard part is over.

  • It now depends on if you would like to game wirelessly or using a USB Cable. If you would like to use a USB cable then get one and connect your PS4 DualShock Controller to your PC using the USB Cable.

  • To connect wirelessly, turn on the PS4 DualShock Controller Bluetooth by pressing and holding the Central PS button and share button till the light on the controller begins to flash. Now search for any available Bluetooth device on your PC and connect to the controller. If asked for pair code input 0000.

No Bluetooth on your PC? No problem. You can get a Sony PlayStation 4 DualShock USB Wireless Adaptor, Plug it into your PC and Connect.


This probably the best and easiest way to use PS4 DualShock Controller on PC. There are other ways though but this is easiest. You don’t even need to spend extra cash getting dongle unless you want to. If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities, you can simply use a USB cable which everyone probably has.

Did you encounter any problem while trying to connect your PS4 DualShock Controller to your PC? We’ll like to help so drop your comments in the comment section down below.


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