Among the best gamepads in the present generation of consoles is Sony's PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller. The good news: Providers of a DS4 controller can use it for almost all gamepad-ready Windows games. The bad: Unlike Microsoft's Xbox One gamepads, setting up the PS4 controller on a PC takes a bit more effort, at least when it comes to wireless use. But don't worry, we will show you how you can play your favorite games with all the PlayStation controller. Incidentally, this also works with both the old DualShock 4 controller and also the revised version released in 2016 with the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Probably the simplest option to utilize the DualShock 4 control on the PC is the usage of a conventional USB cable. Not only can the DualShock 4 control be billed via the micro USB port, but it may also be joined to the PC like any other USB device. Windows 10 admits the gamepad in a couple of seconds and you can use it. Especially in newer games or in the Big-Picture interface of Steam, now you can use the PS4 controller instantly. But in many cases, you want an extra setup using a tool like DS4Windows - more about that below.

Whether via cable or Bluetooth: You will find that the use of the PS4 control on the PC in many games isn't possible or only faulty. The rationale: Microsoft uses the Xinput interface on Windows to connect game controls. Most games, therefore, require a Xinput-compatible Gamecotnroller, like the Xbox One or Xbox 360 gamepads. Sony officially doesn't support Xinput, which explains the reason why the PS4 controller isn't recognized by games such as FIFA 19. That doesn't make a difference! Several programs jump into the breach. Probably the best is the free program DS4Windows, The open-source tool trickles Windows into thinking that the connected PS4 controller is an Xbox gamepad. This works with both the wired and the Bluetooth version. In practice, this usually means you could control virtually all controller-compatible Windows games using the DualShock 4 control.

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