Introduction: What is a DualShock Controller?
In the previous article about what is a PlayStation controller, we talked about how game consoles have evolved over time, and that one of the most important features of these devices have been their controllers. The DualShock 4 controller, which is marketed as 4th generation PlayStation controller, has been introduced in 2013 with new features such as better rubber grips and a light bar. With the new features, and especially with the light bar, gameplay can be more fun. There are other controllers for the Playstation 4 such as the gamepad, which is smaller and lighter like a standard gamepad. Other notable ones are sticks that help people who have problems gripping something like a controller/keyboard because they have arthritis or from repetitive stress injury. Manufactures of PlayStation 4 controllers include Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) themselves, Astro Gaming and MadCatz. The following article will try to give an overview of PlayStation 4 controllers, both from SCE and third party manufacturers, and how do you use them with your computer.
What is a DualShock 4 Controller?
What is the DualShock 4 Controller?
The DualShock 4 controller has a unique design including the light bar on the front. This is used to communicate with other PlayStation 4 consoles nearby and it helps people who play games that require communication with fellow players like Call of Duty, Metal Gear Solid series, Uncharted series, etc. It also comes with a new analog stick and an option for vibrating when SCE detects a PS4 upgrade or when the player presses a button on the controller. There is an enhanced speaker system that produces decent sound.
Step 1) Connect your DualShock 4 Controller to your Gaming PC or Laptop via an USB Cable
In order to connect your brand new DualShock 4 controller to your gaming laptop or pc, you will need a USB cable. To avoid inconveniences and having to go around town hunting for one at electronics stores and other places, it is recommended that you purchase this cable when you make the decision to purchase the DualShock 4 controller. In the USA, look for a 3.3mm stereo jack cable like this one . You can also find a similar kind of cable in Europe and other places, but it is recommended that you use this one because it is more common over there. In fact, some of these cables come included with the DualShock 4 controller and you might as well use that one if possible.
Step 2) Download and Install the DS4 Windows Driver from Sony’s Official Website
After you have obtained your USB cable, go to the official SCE website. Click here . Click on “PlayStation 4” from the menu and then click “Settings”. Click on “Devices”. On the page, you can see a list of devices connected to your PS4. You will not be able to see the DualShock 4 controller listed because it is not officially supported by Sony yet. Click here . Click on “Add a device”. Click on “PlayStation(R)4 Pro” from the left-side menu, then click “Continue”. Click “Next” to confirm that you want to enable your PS4 Pro. Click “Finish”.
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Step 3) Turn on your DualShock 4 Controller and make sure it’s connected by pressing the PS button
Now that you have downloaded and installed the DualShock 4 driver, you can turn on your DualShock 4 controller. It is recommended that you remove any other controllers from your PS4 controller bar as it could interfere with the new controller. To do this, look for “Controllers” in your Settings menu and then click “Add Controller” on the right-side menu. Select the first or second option to “Remove all controllers”. Click “Remove all controllers” to confirm.
Once you’ve removed all other controllers and the DualShock 4 is the only one connected, move on to step 4.