How to connect and use DualShock 4 to play all games and emulators on Windows PC

  • This tutorial detailed the steps to enable you to use DS4 or DualShock 4 on any PC games and emulators.
  • Your DS4 controller will be able to use its features: rumble, touchpad, accelerometer as well as gyro.
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DualShock 4 – the official Sony PlayStation 4 controller – is one of the best wireless controller existed. It has mostly everything gamers ever wanted in a controller: wireless, rumble, touchpad, accelerometer, gyro, pressure sensitive buttons and light indicator (the light bar). It’s perfect only when it’s used with the PlayStation 4. However given all the goodness that DualShock 4 has, many of us would like to use this controller also on PC – to play PC games and emulators. However not all PC games nor emulators support DualShock 4 out of the box.

And that’s the reason I’m writing this article. In case you are looking for a way to maximize the potential of your DualShock 4 controller on Windows PC, here you are on the right page. In this article, I am sharing how you can connect your DualShock 4 to Windows PC as well as getting additional program that enables DualShock 4 to be used on any games and emulators on PC. On top of that, it will also enables DualShock 4 to have these features on Windows PC:

  • Rumble support
  • Touchpad mapping as mouse input
  • Accelerometer support
  • Gyro support

In case you have Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller, refer to this article instead: Using Joy-Con controller to play games on Windows PC at JILAXZONE.

Without further ado, here you go.


These are the prerequisites needed to enable DualShock 4 to run any games and emulators on Windows PC. They are:

  • DualShock 4 controller
  • DS4Windows program
  • Bluetooth dongle (optional)

DualShock 4 Controller

The most important component. In case you are looking for one, you can get it using the link below.

DualShock 4 on Amazon
DualShock 4 on AliExpress

DS4Windows program

The second most important component, this is the program that enables DualShock 4 to be fully compatible with all Windows PC games and emulator as well as enables the full potential of DualShock 4 on Windows PC. Download the latest version using the link below.

Download Link

Bluetooth dongle (optional)

In order for DualShock 4 to be able to connect to your Windows PC, your Windows PC needs to have Bluetooth. If your Windows PC comes with Bluetooth, then you can skip this. Otherwise, here’s Bluetooth dongle recommendation for your Windows PC.

Bluetooth dongle on Amazon
Bluetooth dongle on AliExpress

Once you have all the prerequisites ready, then proceed to the next section.

Setup DualShock 4 Controller to work on any games and emulators on Windows PC

The guide is made based on PC with Windows 10 Home and original DualShock 4 controller. If you are using different version of Windows, you just have to adjust the steps slightly, as most of them are pretty much the same.

1) First, ensure your PC has Bluetooth, if not, you can use any Bluetooth dongle (refer to the Prerequisites section above for recommendation).

2) Second, download the DS4Windows (link above) and unzip it to the folder of your choice. For easier reference, let’s just call the folder as “DS4Windows folder” .

3) Once unzipped, turn on Bluetooth on your Windows PC. Go to Start Settings Devices Bluetooth & Other devices. Turn the Bluetooth ON.

4) Then set DualShock 4 in a pair mode by pressing and holding both the SHARE button and PS button. Hold both buttons for about 10 seconds until you see the light bar is flashing white.

5) Then from your Windows PC, add a Bluetooth Device by clicking on (+) Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.

6) Let Windows locate and find your DualShock 4 controller. Windows recognize DualShock 4 controller as “Wireless Controller”. Choose the “Wireless Controller” and let Windows do the rest.

7) Ensure you are getting the message “Connected” (if you see the status as paired only and not connected, remove the DualShock 4 controller from the list and redo the steps).

8) Go to “DS4Windows folder” and double click on “DS4Windows.exe” to launch DS4Windows program.

9) On DS4Windows program, wait for another 10 seconds for DS4Windows program to auto-detect your connected DualShock 4 controller. Once detected, your DualShock 4 controller light bar will turn blue. In case you want, you can further customize the settings here on DS4Windows program, otherwise the default setting is more than good enough to enable you to fully utilize DualShock 4 controller on Windows.

That’s it. If you have more than one DualShock 4 controller to be used with your Windows PC then redo the whole steps from beginning for the next subsequent controllers.

The Next Step

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Next step is to run your favorite games or emulators and enjoy the game with DualShock 4!

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