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How to connect the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller to a PC

Sony launched the PlayStation 4 more than three years ago, and included with the next-generation console was its next-generation controller. The DualShock 4 debuted with an impressive set of features, allowing it to quickly supplant the DualShock 3 among Sony loyalists. Though slightly heavier, the controller showcased improved analog sticks and triggers, not to mention the addition of capacitive touch pad.

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Perhaps one of its greatest features was Sony’s commitment to making the DualShock 4 compatible with Windows-based PCs. That promised compatibility proved elusive, however, and only recently surfaced. But now that Sony has officially released an external dongle for PCs — and third-party applications such as Steam and DS4Windows continue to improve support for the controller — there’s more ways than ever to connect your DualShock 4 to your Windows PC. Here’s how.

Connecting a Sony Wireless Adapter

The simplest, quickest way to get your PC and DualShock 4 controllers talking is with the official Sony Wireless Adapter ($25). This device is fairly inexpensive, and plugs directly into a standard USB port on your PC. To get it working, simply plug it into your PC, turn on your DualShock 4 controller, and all the two to automatically detect one another.

That’s it! It’s the easiest solution, even if it is somewhat inconvenient. Also, keep in mind that the adapter measures about 3-inches long, meaning it will stick out of your PC or laptop like a big flash drive. Luckily, you have other options.

Buy Sony Wireless Adapter from:

Amazon

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