How to Use a PS4 Controller on PC

Pretty much everyone agrees that the Dualshock 4 controller is a big upgrade over its predecessor, but one thing has been missing to make it truly awesome: full support on PC.

We know that Sony has mentioned that the controller will eventually get driver support, but for now there’s a tool that tricks your PC into thinking the DS4 is an Xbox 360 controller. So if you just can’t wait to use your DS4 for Steam games, here’s what you need to do.

First, download the DS4 To XInput Wrapper

Next, make sure that you have everything on this list:

  • Microsoft .NET 4.0
  • Visual C 2010/2012 Runtime.
  • Latest DirectX Runtime.
  • Latest Official Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller Drivers available.
  • Minimum of Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Dongle (if using Bluetooth).
  • Administrator rights on your PC.
  • Make sure you quit all other apps/games that can use the controller (Steam/Uplay/TeamSpeak, etc) if you are using Hide DS4 controller option
  • Having MotionJoy drivers installed seem to cause issues for some people
  • This tool can’t run at the same time as DS3 SCP server gui or service at this moment
  • Bluetooth Drivers from Microsoft or other driver that use Microsoft Bluetooth Stack

Obviously, this tool is still in development, so you could have some issues. Luckily, the tool’s author, a forum-goer named InhexSTER, has a 250+ page forum thread addressing questions, updates and issues. You can find that forum thread on PCSX2.net. You can also watch the YouTube video below that details how the tool works.

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1 Comment on How to Use a PS4 Controller on PC

Anonymous

On March 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

You’d think Sony would just release something themselves to make a product of theirs more easily compatible with more platforms…