If you are a console gamer and a PC gamer, you may have used the PS4 controller on your PC from time to time. The DualShock 4 is a lovely kit, with neat little triggers and a lightweight design. However, you don’t have to have a PS4 to use one; you can also use them with Steam.
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To use a PS4 controller with Steam, simply use a USB cable to connect the DualShock 4 to your PC. It really is that easy. Thanks to a Steam update in October 2016, the client now supports the PS4 controller, and games will display the correct face button icons (if the developers have provided that information). Big Picture mode can also be controlled with the PS4 controller.
You can also use the PS4 controller wirelessly if your PC has Bluetooth connectivity. To pair your devices, press and hold the PS button and the Share button together for three seconds. The controller light bar will begin to flash. Then open the Bluetooth settings menu in Windows. If you use Windows 10, you can find it by clicking on the notifications button in the lower-right corner of the screen, then click Bluetooth, and finally selecting ‘Wireless control’. Users of older versions of Windows can find the Bluetooth settings at Control Panel.
You can also configure your PS4 controller similar to a Steam controller, such as using the joysticks as a mouse and enabling the use of the trackpad. To do this you need to open Steam Big Picture mode, open the Settings menu (the gear icon at the top right of the screen) and then open Driver Settings. From here you can configure any type of controller, one of which is the PS4 DualShock 4.
And this is how you get a PS4 controller that works with Steam. Nothing of that! Now enjoy using the controller with the best D-pad of this generation of consoles to play your PC games.