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Nov 6, 2019
One of the best gamepads in the current generation of consoles would be Sony's PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller. The good news: Owners of a DS4 controller may use it for virtually all gamepad-ready Windows games. The bad: Contrary to Microsoft's Xbox One gamepads, setting up the PS4 controller on a PC requires a bit more effort, at least when it comes to wireless usage. But do not worry, we'll show you how to play your favorite games using all the PlayStation controller. Incidentally, this works with both the old DualShock 4 controller and also the revised version released in 2016 with the PlayStation 4 Guru.

Probably the simplest choice to use the DualShock 4 control on the PC is that the usage of a traditional USB cable. Not only can the DualShock 4 control be charged through the micro USB port, but it can also be connected to the PC like any other USB device. Windows 10 recognizes the gamepad within a few seconds and you can use it. Especially in newer games or in the Big-Picture interface of Steam, you can now utilize the PS4 controller instantly. However, oftentimes, you need an extra setup with a tool like DS4Windows - more about this below.

Whether via cable or Bluetooth: You will discover that the usage of this PS4 controller on the PC in several games isn't possible or just faulty. The rationale: Microsoft uses the Xinput port on Windows to join game controllers. Most games, therefore, require a Xinput-compatible Gamecotnroller, such as the Xbox One or Xbox 360 gamepads. Sony officially doesn't support Xinput, which explains the reason why the PS4 controller is not recognized by games like FIFA 19. That doesn't make a difference! Several apps jump into the breach. Probably the best is the free program 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 variant. In practice, this usually means that you can control virtually all controller-compatible Windows games using the DualShock 4 controller.

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