Sony launched its Playstation 4 console this past fall and included with the next-generation console was its next-generation controller. The DualShock 4 debuted with an impressive set of features, allowing it to quickly supplant the DualShock 3 among Sony loyalists. Though slightly heavier, the DualShock 4 improved its analog sticks and triggers while also adding a revolutionary capacitive touch pad.
Perhaps one of its greatest features was Sony s commitment to making the DualShock 4 compatible with Windows-based PCs right out of the box. However, the promised compatibility proved not to exist quite like Sony promised, nor does Sony offer an official set of drivers for the DualShock 4. Unfortunately, this leaves much to be desired for PS4 owners hoping to use the solid DualShock 4 over a traditional keyboard and mouse for Windows-based gaming.
Worry not, the use of a PS4 controller on your PC is no longer a pipe dream. Thanks to a Sony-loyal programmer, an adapted set of drivers exists which tricks your computer into thinking you re using an Xbox 360 controller. So to help you download and execute the required programs we ve put together this simple step-by-step walkthrough. What follows is our comprehensive guide on connecting a DualShock 4 controller to a Windows based PC.
Additionally, take a look at our guides to connecting PS3 controllers and Xbox 360 controllers to a PC.
Step 1. Download the latest Xbox 360 controller drivers
Before you locate the required drivers you ll need the most recent Xbox 360 controller drivers from Microsoft s website – we ll be essentially treating the PS4 controller as an Xbox 360 controller, at least as far as Windows is concerned. Just select your operating system from the drop-down menu on the site and click Download.
Locate the program file and open it to start the installation process. After clicking I accept this agreement, click Next and the drivers will install to your computer in a matter of minutes.
Note: In addition to the Xbox 360 controller drivers you ll need the latest edition of DirectX Runtime, Microsoft. NET 4.0, and Visual C 2010/2012 Runtime installed on your computer. Each are available via the Microsoft website and require just a few clicks to download and install.
Step 2. Download and install the latest DS4Tool
With the drivers installed, head over to the PCSX2 forum and download the latest version of the DS4 tool. PCSX2 contributor InhexSTER developed the tool specifically for DualShock 4 controllers and modeled it off the DS3Tool, which allows the use of DualShock 3 controllers on a PC.
Scroll down to the attached files in the forum thread and select the latest DS4Tool which at the time of this writing was 1.2.2. After you download the file, locate the folder titled DS4Tool 1.2.2 and extract the contents. Make sure to save the extracted contents in a location easily accessible on your computer.
After the contents finish extracting, open the folder titled Virtual Bus Driver. Once inside, choose the ScpDriver file and click Install after it opens. Close completely out of the SCP Virtual Bus Driver Installer program when the installer is complete.
Step 3. Connect your DualShock 4 controller to your PC
There are two ways to connect your DualShock 4 controller to your PC, either via a USB connection or Bluetooth. We recommend connecting via a USB connection due to its reliability as well as the fact some Bluetooth chipsets aren t compatible with the DS4Tool.
Note: if you re having issues connecting your DualShock 4 controller try closing all other applications and connecting it again with a USB cable.
With the controller connected, navigate back to the DS4Tool folder and open the ScpServer file. When the window opens your PC should recognize your DualShock 4 controller and allow you to modify some of the controller s options.
The Options window allows you to change the color of your DualShock 4 s light bar and the intensity of the light. You can also control how much the controller rumbles and if you want the touchpad to control your PC s mouse pointer. If you want to customize the button layout of your DualShock 4, click on the button which says Custom Control Mapping to change any of the default button arrangements.
Once you ve finished tinkering with the options your DualShock 4 is now ready for use with any of your PC games. Keep in mind the DS4Tool is still in beta so there are still some bugs. If you encounter any bugs, or the program shuts down, simply reboot the ScpServer application and re-sync your controller.
Did this walkthrough help you use your DualShock 4 controller on your PC. Let us know of any issues in the comments section below.
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May 11, 2009 // pm - Over the last few weeks, Motion-in Joy linked above has made available PS3 DualShock 3/SixAxis x64 and Windows 7 drivers, along with.
Very cool and good news for PS4 owners. I ve used the Xbox360 controller on the PC and it beats all the Logitech and others controllers hands down.
Sixaxis/DualShock 3 driver for 64-bit systems. Also includes Driver Signature Overrider and XInput emulator to play games that require and XBox360 con.
- Nov 02, 2015 Sony launched its PlayStation 4 nearly two years ago and included with the next-generation console was its next-generation controller. The DualShock 4.
- Nice, shame I tried motioninjoy first because that was a MASSIVE pain in the butt. It s a shame the drivers aren t signed though. I used a program called Driver.
Apr 04, 2012 Connect the Controller to your Computer with usb cable or bluetooth. Download Driver.