How to use your PlayStation controller on PC


(Pocket-lint) – If you’re the proud owner of a PlayStation 5, or still use a PS4, you may have noted the fact that both consoles have excellent controllers. The PS5’s DualSense in particular feels like a step up thanks to its smart triggers and evolved haptic feedback.

The PS4’s DualShock 4 is also a loyal option, with excellent ergonomics and reliable build quality. Suppose you want to use them on your PC, though – how do you connect controllers meant for a PlayStation to your computer? We have the steps you need to follow, here.

How to connect your PlayStation 5 DualSense controller to the PC

Connecting your DualSense to the PC is quite simple. The first option is to use a USB-C cable to connect it and play with a wired connection, which is ideal if you don’t have Bluetooth on your computer. If so, follow these steps:

  1. Put your DualSense into Bluetooth mode by pressing and holding the PlayStation button and the Create button for three seconds until the light bar begins to flash
  2. On your PC, open your Bluetooth settings menu
  3. In the new connections list, select Wireless Controller
  4. If prompted for a pairing code, enter 0000

It should be, and your controller should be paired and working wirelessly. Although most PC games haven’t been updated to let you take advantage of the pad’s adaptive triggers, it’s still a brilliant controller.

PlayStation recently released an application for Windows which allows users to update the DualSense controller firmware without the need for a console. Now you can do it directly from your PC. Download this application, connect via cable to your PC and you can update the controller.

How to Connect Your DualShock 4 Controller to PC

If you’re using a DualShock 4 controller, the steps are really similar for connecting it to your PC. This time, the wired option will require a MicroUSB cable, as the controller doesn’t have a USB-C port.

It’s worth clarifying that the controller works great with games on Steam, but can be much more patchy if you’re not using Valve’s platform – for other games you may need to download a program called DS4Windowswhich is free but requires a little setup.

To connect the controller via Bluetooth, follow the instructions below:

  1. Put your DualShock 4 into pairing mode by holding down the PlayStation and Share buttons for three seconds until the light bar flashes
  2. On your PC, prepare your Bluetooth settings menu
  3. In the new connections list, select Wireless Controller

Once you’ve hooked it up this way, you can head to Steam and add the controller through the settings menus, which will also allow you to calibrate its thumbsticks. It should work fine with Steam games from now on.

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Written by Max Freeman-Mills. Editing by Adrian Willings.


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