How to Set Up a PS4 Controller for Windows Games

Ben Stegner 15-12-2016

While each console comes with its own controller, the dominant form of input for PC games is definitely the keyboard and mouse. Some games, like first-person shooters, match this control scheme perfectly. However, platformer, adventure, and similar genres are awkward on a keyboard.


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Thankfully, you can connect many types of controllers to your PC for these games. We’ve reviewed the Steam Controller Better Than a Mouse and Keyboard? Steam Controller Review Every decade there's a revolution in game controller design. In 1983 Nintendo released the first directional pad. In 1997 we received the ergonomic DualShock. In 2006 the Wii Remote brought motion controls. Now we have... Read More , but you can also re-purpose any PlayStation or Xbox controllers you have sitting around.

When the PS4 was new, you had to jump through some hoops to get the controller working How to Use the PS4 Controller on Your Mac or PC Want to use your versatile PS4 controller with your Mac or PC? It's easier than you think! Here's how to do it. Read More with your computer. Now, it’s way easier: here’s how to set it up.

First, download the tool DS4Windows. Unzip the utility and place it anywhere you like, then launch DS4Windows. You’ll be greeted with the program’s main window. Here, you’ll need to connect your PS4 controller using a MicroUSB cable, or via Bluetooth if your PC supports it How to Set Up Bluetooth for a Windows 7 PC Need to use Bluetooth with Windows 7? Here's how to set up Bluetooth, make devices discoverable, and pair them to your PC. Read More .

You should see your controller under the Controllers tab. Wait a few seconds for the software to install the driver, then it’s ready to use. Click New on Profiles tab (or Edit to change the default) and you’ll be able to change anything you like about the controller’s behavior.


Most games that support controllers use Xbox button assignments, so by default, everything matches the standard Xbox controls. Circle on PS4 is B on Xbox, and so on. Under the Auto Profiles tab, you can assign a profile to automatically apply when you launch a certain game.


Before you start playing, you should navigate to the Settings tab and check the box for Hide DS4 Controller. Some games try to auto-detect the PS4 controller, which can lead to double inputs when using DS4Windows. Checking this box prevents this issue.

There’s a lot more that this tool can do, including custom light colors and using the touchpad to control your mouse. Play around for a bit and tweak every setting to your liking! When you’re done using your PS4 controller, click the Stop button in the bottom-right of the window to disconnect it.

Have you used a PS4 controller with your PC? Let us know what games you play using a DualShock 4 in the comments!

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