Enable DualShock Vibration / Force Feedback on Windows PC

  • The steps shall enable your DualShock controller to have vibration function enabled in any compatible games.
  • The X360CE setup is optional, do it only if your game is unable to recognize the DualShock controller.
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Long story short: If you have any DualShock or DualShock 2 or other 3rd party similar controllers and using them to play games on Windows, here how you can enable the rumble / vibration function so for supported games, you will feel the rumble effects.

Check the steps below.

Here’s how to enable Vibration function for your DualShock controller on Windows PC

1) Plug the DualShock controller to Windows PC

If you are using the original PlayStation / PlayStation 2 DualShock controller, you must use dualshock to USB adapter, however if you are using any third party / chinese-made dualshock controller, most of them have USB port already, so you just need to plug the controller to your Windows PC.

2) Download and Install DualShock Driver for Windows

Well, technically it’s not really a driver as in Windows driver, but it’s a piece of software that enables MFi controller to work on Windows. It maps the MFi controller to be another controller supported by Windows (Eg: Xbox 360 controller).

The generic Windows driver will just recognize the DualShock controller as a normal gamepad, you need to use this specific DualShock Windows driver to enable the vibration function.

Here’s the download link:

Download linkDualShock Driver with vibration on GitHub

Download the “VID_0810&PID_0001 Twin USB Gamepad 64Bit Setup.rar” file and unzip it, inside you’ll find “VID_0810&PID_0001 Twin USB Gamepad 64Bit Setup2.exe”. Double click to start installing. After installation, you won’t see any icon created anywhere, since this is just installing driver for you.

3) Download X360CE

X360CE is short for “Xbox 360 Controller Emulator”. X360CE is community-build small application that allows your controller to function as Xbox 360 controller. Long story short, Xbox 360 controller was one of many controllers that Microsoft officially supported on its Windows platform which has many game developers support for it, so the idea by using this small application is to turning your generic Bluetooth controller (which some games may not recognize) into a Xbox 360 controller (that most if-not-all Windows controller-compatible games recognize).

Here’s where you can download X360CE:

Download linkX360CE on GitHub

Download the “Download – x360ce.zip” file and unzip it, inside you’ll find “x360ce.exe”.  

4) Setup X360CE and map your DualShock controller

X360CE allows you to customize the controller and buttons mappings and save it for either generic purpose or game specific. On the steps below, I’ll show you how to setup a generic one. You, however, free to customize it for each and every game titles you have.

To set it up and map the controller buttons, do the following steps:

a) Double click on “x360ce.exe”. When prompted by Windows, select allow to run.

b) On the x360ce interface, assuming you are setting up for Player 1, go to “Controller 1” tab and click on “+ Add…” button to add your controller (ensure your controller has been paired and connected to Windows). Select the controller from the list available and click on “Add Selected Device”. In case you can’t see your controller, go back to step 1) Plug the DualShock controller to Windows PC, ensure you have plugged it successfully.

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X360CE – Xbox 360 Controller Emulator

c) Once the controller has been selected, the controller will appear under “Controller 1” tab. Start mapping your controller to the Xbox 360 controller. The easiest way to do this that I recommend – especially if this is your first time using the X360CE – is by clicking on each button on the Xbox 360 controller image shown on the X360CE, then press the corresponding button on your controller.

d) Once mapping is done, then go to “Force Feedback” tab. Tick “Enable” Force Feedback. Then at the bottom, there’s 2 section: Left Motor and Right Motor. On each section, change the “Test” slider from 0% to 100% to test the vibration function on the controller. If you do all the steps above correctly, you should feel the vibration.

e) Once done with buttons mapping and Force Feedback, click “Save All” button (located on top right of the X360CE).

f) Once saved, do NOT close the X360CE software. Let it run, by minimizing its window while you are starting your game.

Bring it all together

Thanks to aitte2, EJocys and the rest contributors that makes this possible: to have vibration function on DualShock controller used on Windows PC. Now I’m getting the full experience of the game I’m playing!

In case you are having difficulties in any of the steps, don’t hesitate to write me down on the comment section below your issues and I’ll be gladly help you out. Cheers for now!


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