How to use a PS4 controller for PC gaming

Updated: July 10th, 2018By: BrantonGuidesLeave a Comment

Although PS4 controllers aren’t necessarily built to run on a Windows based system, there is some really handy, and reliable software available which can trick your computer into thinking it’s an Xbox 360 / One controller on Windows 7/8 systems.


Yes, you can actually use your PS4 controller on your PC, even though when you tried, it didn’t work.


This little program is going to solve all of your problems, when it comes to being able to use your PS4 controller on PC, at least.

Right now, this is probably the best program out there when it comes to running a DS4 controller on PC. It’s super easy to install, and is compatible with bluetooth. It even takes care of button mapping so you don’t have to waste time with that monotonous task.

The UI is very user-friendly, and shows all the info you might need to know, like which profile you’re currently using, how many controllers are connected, and the battery level of those controllers.


Oh, it’s also entirely free, so that’s always a bonus.

DS4 Windows even emulates the PS4 controller’s touchpad as a mouse, so you can pretty much do anything, except type, while using just a PS4 controller.

Installing DS4Windows

Installing DS4Windows is as simple as downloading the .zip file from their site which you can find here.

Once you have DS4Windows downloaded, all you have to do is extract the 2 programs (DS4Windows and DS4Updater)¬†within the .zip file, run DS4Windows, and then just follow the simple on-screen instructions. You’ll be gaming with your PS4 controller in no time!


Although PS3 controllers suffer with compatibility issues on windows 8/8.1, PS4 controllers work quite well. I personally use an Xbox One controller, but only because it was more convenient and required no setup outside of plugging it in via USB.

The only other compatibility issues you might run into is if you’re installing on anything pre-XP, which I’m sure you’re not.


All-in-all, PS4 controllers work extremely well for PC gaming, once you have it installed and setup with a program like DS4Windows.

I’ll always recommend Xbox One / 360 controllers over any dualshock controller, as far as use on a PC goes, and for the simple reason that they require absolutely zero setup.

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Hey there! I'm Branton, the founder and lead editor here at PC Game Haven. Since our launch in 2015, we've helped thousands upon thousands of gamers build their dream desktops, find the perfect peripherals, and more. Thanks for stopping by!