After a long wait, finally the much desired PlayStation 4 has entered the entrance of your house! Enthusiastic, you immediately made a commitment to configure it and use it to the fullest but, at best, you realized that you didn't have the faintest idea of how to connect the controller, or how to use it even on the computer. How do you say? Did I really hit the spot? Perfect, then I'm happy to tell you that you are in the right place, at a time that couldn't be better!
In fact, below I will explain to you in detail how to connect PS4 joystick both on the console and on the computer, in a very simple way and in just a few seconds. In addition, I will take care of explaining how to take advantage of the pad on Steam for Windows and macOS and how to enable the functionality Remote Play Sony, so as to enable remote playback of your favorite titles.
So what else are you waiting to get started? Make yourself comfortable, take a few minutes of free time for yourself and read very carefully everything I have to say on the subject: I am sure that, once you have completed reading this guide, you will be perfectly able to make the most of the paired DualShock to your PS4. Happy reading and have fun!
Connect PS4 Joystick to Console
Have you just bought a new PlayStation 4 and would like to know how to connect the joystick to the console? Nothing simpler! All you need to do is turn on the console and connect the pad via USB cable: the pairing is completely automatic and, once recharging is complete, you can also use the joystick wirelessly.
However, please note that to use two or more controllers at the same time (up to a maximum of 4) on local multiplayer games, you must register them all separately. To do this, after pairing the second pad, press the PS button to access the user association menu, choose the button New user, press the buttons Play as a guest e Do not log in: Once completed, you will be able to use the second pad for a local multiplayer session. Repeat the above steps on each pad you intend to match.
Note: to associate the console with the second pad - and consequently with the console - a SEN user (complete with personal data, game data, logins and so on), choose the option instead New user> Create a user.
Connect PS4 Joystick to PC
Connecting the DualShock 4 to the computer is not difficult at all: it is an operation within everyone's reach, which can be completed in a few minutes, both on Windows that of MacOS. As you will discover in a few moments, both operating systems allow you to use the pad both via the USB cable and wirelessly, via Bluetooth connection.
If you have the operating system Windows, you should be able to use the controller immediately by simply connecting it to your computer via USB cable or pairing it via Bluetooth with the standard operating system procedure.
For the time being, though, I recommend that you bypass the standard connection and pre-install the drivers using DS4Windows: in this case, it is a small free and open source program that, in a few clicks, allows you to correctly install the drivers necessary for the operation of the DualShock and, if necessary, to emulate the behavior of the Xbox 360 controller (required by many games in order to ensure optimal operation of the input).
To download the program, which does not require installation, connected to its official website, press the button Download Now and, once on the Github page, click on the first link DS4Windows.zip attached to the latter: once the download is complete, open the package obtained and extract the contents in a folder of your choice (eg. Documents), taking care not to choose a network folder. If you don't know how, you can refer to my guide on how to open zip files.
Once the archive has been extracted, go to the folder of your choice, start the program DS4Windows.exe and, in the window displayed on the screen, choose the option Program folder to use the program in portable mode, saving the necessary files in the same folder. Once this is done, press the button Yes and do one of the following, depending on the operating system you are using.
- Windows 10 e Windows 8.1 - click on your button Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver and, when the installation request appears, click on the button Install to confirm the willingness to proceed.
- Windows 7 - presses the button Step 2: If on Windows 7 or below, Install 360 driver and then click on the appropriate button to install the drivers for the Xbox 360 controllers.
After completing the setup process of the new drivers, you can finally connect the DualShock 4 to the computer: if you intend to take advantage of the USB cable, you simply need to connect the ends of the connector to both the pad and the computer and wait for the automatic recognition of the device. If your computer has only inputs USB type C (the smaller ones, of the new generation), you can easily remedy the problem by getting a special adapter.