With a PS4 controller, you can enjoy all your favorite games. But for that, there’s one small thing that needs to be done: connecting the controller to the console. Need help with it? This post is all you need.
In this post, we’ll discuss the steps for connecting a PS4 controller to a console. Additionally, we’ll also discuss the steps one need needs to perform to sync the controller without a USB cable. Sounds good? Let’s get started then.
Connecting a controller using a USB
You need a USB 2.0 Micro-B cable for connecting a PS4 controller to your console.
Here are the steps you need to perform:
- Press the console’s power button to turn it on
- Now plug the small end of your USB cable into the port located at the top of your controller. The other end goes into one of the ports located at the front
- Press the PlayStation button and hold it for 2-3 seconds
That’s it. Your controller by now should be connected to the console.
Connecting PS4 Controller Wirelessly
After you have synced one wired controller with your PC, you can add more controllers wirelessly. To connect a PS4 controller wirelessly, follow these steps:
- Go to the PS4 menu and select Settings (an icon which pretty much looks like a small briefcase)
- On the Settings page, select Devices
- Next, choose Bluetooth Devices
- Simultaneously press the PS and SHARE buttons on the PS4 controller that you want to pair. Hold these buttons down for roughly 4-5 seconds
- You’ll now be able to see the new controller as one of the names in the list. Select it to connect to your console
Connecting a DualShock PS4 controller to your PC
Although these controllers are designed specifically for PlayStation, it is possible to use them with computer games. As a matter of fact, with a little bit of tweaking, it is possible to use any controller with a PC.
Coming back to using a DualShock controller with your PC, the first thing you must do is to ensure that it is able to seamlessly communicate with your system. The simplest way to do this is by installing DS4Window—an open-source gamepad input mapper that allows you to connect a DualShock 3 or 4 and DualSense 5 controller to a Windows PC.
Here are the steps you need to perform:
- Go to DS4Windows website and download the software
- Right-click the zip file and extract the files
- Click DS4Windows.exe to launch the setup
- The first time the program is launched, it will ask you to specify exactly where you want the profile and settings to be saved. Choose AppData
- Next, you’ll be asked to install DS4 Driver. Click Install
- Those with Windows 8 or above can start connecting the controller to their PC. But if you are using Win 7 or an older version, you will likely need to first install a 360 Driver
Next, connect your controller to the PC. You can do this in two ways: using a USB or wirelessly (via Bluetooth)
Using a USB
Plug in the small end of your USB cable into the port located at the top of your controller. The other end goes into one of the ports located at the front.
Turn off the PS4 controller and then simultaneously press the PS and Share buttons and hold them down till the light bar double flashes.
Now, access your PC’s Bluetooth Menu.
- Select Add Bluetooth or other devices
- Choose Bluetooth
- Choose DualShock4 controller
- You will now be able to connect the controller to your PC
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