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Some PC gamers don't just like using the mouse and Keyboard to play games, I know i don't. So what to do? Stick a pad in it of course.

Now depending on how serious a gamer you are, sometimes you just want to use a really comfortable pad to play and that isn't always the X-Box pad. I prefer Playstation pads for Instance and so I always try to purchase one and use a program to be able to play my PC games.

Back in the day, connecting a PS4 controller to a PC was a problem. Now, not so much.

Now, PC gamers can use the DualShock 4 with relative impunity, thanks to better software, better hardware and better Steam integration

Still, plugging in a DS4 is not quite as simple as using an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, so if you’d like to bring a PS4 peripheral to a PC party, here’s what you need to know.

Wired or Wireless
If you're using any of these you can just plug a PS4 controller into a PC just as you would an Xbox One controller, by using a microUSB cable. Give the computer a few minutes to install the drivers, and you should be good to go.

Sony also sells a wireless adapter for $25 (around N12,500), and if you intend to use your DS4 and PC together a lot, it’s a worthwhile investment.

As for setting it up, this is easy enough; Just plug it in and give it a minute or two to install drivers. Then, physically press the driver into the USB slot for about 3 seconds. This will activate the pairing process. Hold down the Share and PS buttons simultaneously on your DS4, and the controller should bind itself to the wireless adapter. To pair it to your PS4 again, just connect it to the console with a microUSB cable.

Playing PC Games with a PS4 Controller
Once you have the peripheral set up, there are four ways to play games with a PS4 controller. Two of them work extremely well, the other two...well, you'll have to work a bit.

While Steam has its very own controller that gets a lot of Valve’s attention, the popular digital distribution platform added DS4 support in 2016. You can do some pretty cool stuff with a PS4 controller on Steam — if you’re willing to do some programming yourself, anyway.
Photo credit: Valve

Steam is way nicer to Xbox pads than Playstation, but this doesn't make it impossible to use. Here's what you do.

First, ensure that your DS4 is hooked up to your PC. Then, open Steam and activate Big Picture mode. (Click the controller icon in the upper-right corner.) Big Picture is Steam’s living room mode, and for some reason, it’s the only way you can get into the nitty-gritty of controller settings.

Once you’re there, click on Settings (the gear icon in the upper right), and Controller Settings in the leftmost column. Check the box that says “PS4 Configuration Support.” You’ll be asked to register your PS4 controller to your Steam account. After that, you can change each button’s functionality, use the touchpad like a mouse and even pick a color for the light bar. While it’s admittedly a pain to do this for every game in your library, it’s also fairly foolproof.


Native Support

Whether you game through Steam, GOG or direct downloads, your game may have an option for native PS4 controller support. I’ve yet to find a definitive list, but titles from Watch Dogs 2 to Final Fantasy XIV to Shovel Knight all support the PS4 controller. All you have to do to enable it is enter the game’s settings, find its controller configuration options, and tell it that you have a DS4 hooked up.

The exact process varies from game to game, and lacking a reliable list of games with native support, you’ll pretty much have to just boot up the title you want to play and hope for the best. (I was disappointed, for example, that The Witcher 3 had no native DS4 options.) Still, if your game offers it, it’s the simplest way to make a PS4 controller work on a PC.

PlayStation Now

Here's where things get murky; PlayStation Now used to work on smart TVs, PS3s, PS Vitas, PSTVs and more; but no more. Now it only works with PS4s and Windows PCs. 

To take advantage of the PS3 game-streaming service on your PC, just download the app from Sony, then boot it up.

While you can use pretty much any controller for PS Now, a DualShock 3 or 4 is your best bet. Once your DS4 is connected to your PC, you can use it for any PS Now game. You can click the right side of the touchpad as Start and the left side as Select if needed; otherwise, every other button is the same as on the DS3, including the PS button for bringing up the menu.

Remote Play

If you own a relatively powerful PC (Core i5 processor, 2 GB video card, at least Windows 8.1), you can stream content from your PS4 right to your computer. Just download the software to your PC, enable Remote Play in your PS4 settings (it’s in the Remote Play section; no surprise there), and make sure the two devices are connected to the same network. The first time you connect, you’ll have to input a code, but the software walks you through the whole process.

The DS4 is the only controller that works with Remote Play, so there’s no special trick to using it. Just connect it to your PC, then play as you would on your PS4. As long as your connection is strong and relatively uncrowded, you shouldn’t encounter any lag. To shut down remote play, just waggle your mouse to bring up the options menu.

So there you have it, if you had any doubts before as to whether you can play with the PS4 pad, you can. So now you can enjoy your games with a comfortable PS4 pad.

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