How to connect a gamepad from PS4 to PC?
When Sony first announced that the DualShock 4 joystick will be compatible with Windows, gamers across the Internet welcomed the news. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to simply connect it to a computer and start playing. Although the PS4 controller is recognized by Windows, existing games may fail or do not work with it automatically.
Windows supports the use of a PS4 gamepad for PC, but since Microsoft has its own console, they officially only support their controllers, and dualshockers will have to dance a little with a tambourine.
What do you need to connect?
- Actually the controller itself.
- Standard USB cable.
After connecting the gamepad. It will be recognized by the system and you may even be able to use it in some applications and games (for example Steam and some toys).
If you simply connect the device to the computer, then a set of some functions of the joystick will not work, such as:
- Touch panel (but works like a button)
- Built-in microphone and speaker,
- Headset jack.
How to make the gamepad work correctly?
Here you have only one option. Use special software, namely:
- Joystick emulator (Xpadder).
It is worthwhile to understand that when connecting the PS4 joystick for PC, you need only one of two options, which one. You decide. Let’s get everything in order.
1) Dualshock 4 drivers for computer
In most cases, using a modern operating system, such as Windows 10, drivers will not be required and the joystick will be recognized automatically.
However, this may not always be so smooth, and for such cases when the gamepad is not recognized or is recognized with errors, there are at least two drivers:
Over, the second grew from the first, when he was still at the testing stage. You can download drivers from the links above, or by visiting the official support branches: one, two.
In addition to the drivers themselves, you need to check whether the following components are installed on your system and, if necessary, install (or update) them:
- Microsoft.NET 4.0
- Visual C 2010/2012;
- Latest version of DirectX;
- The latest official version of the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller Driver;
- Administrator rights.
Before installing all components, close all applications and games that can use the controller. Also, if you previously installed the driver for Dualshock 3. It should be removed. If you want to use the gamepad via Bluetooth, then you must install the appropriate drivers for it.
DS4Tool installation procedure:
- The archive contains the Virtual Bus Driver folder, in it the ScpDriver.Exe file. Install (this is the driver itself).
- After installing the driver, run the file ScpServer.Exe (lies in the root of the archive).
After the installation is completed, connect the DualShock 4 to the computer via USB or Bluetooth. Keep in mind that USB is a much more reliable choice, as some Bluetooth chipsets are not supported by this software. The controller is recognized in the application (ScpServer), and in most cases it functions identically to the device from the Xbox 360. However, some games have compatibility problems, so you may need to check the box “Hide DS4 Controller”.
By clicking on the “Settings” button, you can open a window with several sliders. Here you can change the color and intensity of the DS4 lightbar, switch it to the battery indicator, adjust the vibration and turn on the touchpad to control the mouse pointer.
You can watch this to make it clearer:
Earlier versions of drivers were available at the time of creating the, so there is such a discrepancy in size. The author talks about
700kb, when the current version is already more than one megabyte. Remember that work on the application continues. Currently, you must manually start the program every time you want to start the game. In future updates, this will probably be fixed.
2) Using the joystick using the Xpadder program
This method has two undeniable advantages:
- No drivers needed
- You can customize each joystick button for yourself.
But there are also disadvantages:
- It will take a long time to understand the essence of the application and configure everything as it should;
- The program is officially paid (but you can very easily find the free version).
Configuring Xpadder for Dualshock 4
In the below, there is a setting for the Xbox joystick, but since the program is universal, the described steps are also suitable for your DS4.
I also advise you to read this article, which also provides a very detailed description of the Xpadder program settings for working with Dualshock 4.