How do you connect a PS4 controller to your PC?

Do you often play games on your PC and prefer to have a controller in your hands? If you still have a PS4 controller, you can easily connect it to your computer. You just need to know how that works. In this article we explain how to get your PS4 controller on PC.

But what if you now want to game with a controller on your PC? You can of course go to the store to buy a special controller for Windows, but it is much easier, and cheaper, to connect your PS4 controller (if you have one, of course) to your Windows PC. Firstly, that saves you a huge expense and secondly, you can play with the controller you are already used to.

Install DS4

Technically, your PS4 controller should be able to easily connect to Windows, after all, both your PC and your controller support bluetooth. Unfortunately, the reality is a bit more complicated and Windows does not understand your controller's commands without problems by default. Fortunately, there is software that can help you, called DS4. You can download this free software from After installation, click Install the DS4 Driver to make sure your controller and your PC can communicate with each other.

Connect controller

You can connect your controller in two ways: with the USB cable or wirelessly via USB. With the first method you only have to plug in the cable. If you want to connect with bluetooth, hold the PS button and the button Share for three seconds until the light bar on your controller flashes. Then go to the settings for bluetooth in your Control Panel and connect to the wireless controller. When asked for a code it is 0000. The controller and your PC are now connected, and you can play almost any game that supports the use of a gamepad/controller, specific support for the PS4 controller is thanks to DS4 is no longer necessary.

A PS4 controller also has a 3.5mm jack for your headphones, but unfortunately this won't work with a Windows PC. So you will have to plug your headphones directly into your computer or monitor if you want to use them.

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