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  • DS4Windows

    Among the best gamepads in the present generation of consoles would be Sony's PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller. The fantastic news: Providers of a DS4 controller can utilize it for almost all gamepad-ready Windows games. The bad: Contrary to Microsoft's Xbox One gamepads, setting up the PS4 controller onto a PC requires somewhat more effort, at least in regards to wireless use. But do not worry, we'll demonstrate how you can play your favorite games using the PlayStation controller. Incidentally, this also works with both the older DualShock 4 control and the revised version published in 2016 with the PlayStation 4 Pro.

    Probably the easiest option to use the DualShock 4 controller on the PC is that the usage of a conventional USB cable. Not only can the DualShock 4 controller be charged through the micro USB port, but it may also be connected to the PC like any other USB device. Windows 10 recognizes the gamepad in a couple of seconds and you are able to use it. Especially in newer games or in the Big-Picture interface of Steam, now you can utilize the PS4 controller instantly. But in many cases, you want an additional setup using a tool such as DS4Windows - more on that below.

    Whether via cable or Bluetooth: You will discover that the usage of this PS4 controller on the PC in many games isn't feasible or only faulty. The rationale: Microsoft employs the Xinput port on Windows to join game controllers. Most games, therefore, call for a Xinput-compatible Gamecotnroller, such as the Xbox One or Xbox 360 gamepads. Sony officially does not encourage Xinput, which explains the reason why the PS4 controller isn't recognized by games such as FIFA 19. That doesn't make a difference! Several programs jump into the breach. Possibly the best is the free program DS4Windows, The open source tool trickles Windows into believing that the connected PS4 controller is an Xbox gamepad. This works with both the wired and the Bluetooth variant. In practice, this means that you can control virtually all controller-compatible Windows games using the DualShock 4 controller.

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