DualShock 4 on Windows 10 PC: How it works

By: Radu Tyrsina
4 minute read
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This might be the best-selling game controller of all time, but getting DualShock 4 to work on Windows 10 PC hasn’t been a blissful job. Now we can look back with pride and share our solutions for troubleshooting.

Many users had some rough time with DS4Windows not working or just getting started with that. If you are having the same quest at the moment, jump to the article that guides you to use DS4Windows and easily connect your controller to the PC. We have published an article on how to connect PS3 controller to Windows 10, as well.

Windows Feature Update has made some things not working properly on many game controllers. You can read our article about Anniversary Update blocks Exclusive Mode in DualShock 4 and find out how to fix the issues.

It’s been a while since PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers can be used to play Steam games and we hope you had a great time with that. And since you can finally play PlayStation 4 games on your PC, do not hesitate to let us know what is your favorite one, in the comments below.

DualShock 4 it’s earning its title of best selling game controller, and we remember the enthusiasm when it was launched, also the doubts we had if it will work on Windows PC. Now you can see it on the List of Forza Motorsport 7 compatible wheels and gamepads and many other great games to enjoy on Windows 10.

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How it all started – first impressions on DualShock 4

I absolutely love the DualShock 4 on the PlayStation 4 and am looking forward to spending a lot of time with it when I buy Sony’s latest edition of the PlayStation. But, you know that games for the PlayStation consoles sometimes aren’t exactly cheap, so for that we try to play games on the PC, usually using the controller for that.

Using the DualShock 4 on PC is especially awesome when it comes to sports games. For me, playing Pro Evolution Soccer or the never-ending FIFA series with keyboard buttons is a pain in the a$$, if you know what I’m saying. That’s why I am interested to find out whether the new DualShock 4 will work on PC or not. If you have the same curiosity, then read on to find out.

Will the DualShock 4 controller work on PC?

Of course, we are wondering whether or not DualShock 4 controller will work specifically on Windows PCs, as at the moment we don’t possess information for other operating systems. I really hope it will work on Windows 8, as well. By the way, here are the main features and specifications of the DualShock 4 controller, just as a little reminder:

  • Improved wireless connectivity
  • Improved dual analog sticks
  • Capacitive touchpad
  • Three-LEDs light bar
  • Share button for Ustream and social networks
  • Built-in speaker and stereo headset jack
  • Improved ergonomics shape
  • Enhanced vibration thanks to multiple motors

and some technical specifications before we discuss about how the DualShock 4 will work on Windows PCs:

  • Approximative 210g
  • USB (Micro B)
  • Extension Port
  • Buit-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery at 1000mAh
  • Bluetooth Ver 2.1 + EDR

The USB (Micro B) feature is what allows the DualShock 4 controller to be used on PCs. Obviously, it would be great if you could use it wirelessly, but maybe there will be soon a mod. We know that PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15 in the United States and November 29 in Europe, so only then will you get to experience the DualShock 4 controller on PCs, as well.

Recently, when asked via Twitter,  Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed that PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller will have compatibility “for basic functions” on Windows PCs, and that will be out of the box. However, at the moment, we don’t know exactly what he means by basic functions, though. Yoshida was also asked  if Sony would release a driver for the DualShock 4 in order to make it compatible with Windows PCs, and he said

the analog sticks and buttons will work just fine.

At the moment, finally, we have found out how exactly that translates into playing games, and we’ll keep on updating this article as we get more information on how DualShock 4 will work for all games on Windows PCs. If, by any chance, you get to know some inside information, let us know in the comments section.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2013 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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