Are you a hardcore gamer and want to play PC games with a PS4 controller instead of using a mouse and keyboard? Then you are in the right place. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to connect a PS4 controller to a PC without Bluetooth for Steam and non-steam gamers.
There is no doubt, though, that sitting back with the joystick in your lap is much more soothing than lording over the mouse and the keyboard. Fortunately, you can even connect the PS4 controller to a PC, just like you can connect your mouse and keyboard to a PS4.
PlayStation 4 (PS4)
The PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a home video game console manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released on November 15th, 2013, in North America, November 29th, 2013, in Europe, South America, and Australia, and on February the 22nd 2014 in Japan, which was revealed as the successor to the PlayStation 3 in February 2013. The Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo W is a console of the eighth generation.
Moving away from its predecessor’s more complicated Cell microarchitecture, the console features an AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) based on the x86-64 architecture that can potentially peak at 1.84 teraflops; AMD said it was the “most powerful” APU it has produced to date.
PlayStation 4 puts a stronger focus on social networking and connectivity of other hardware and utilities, including the ability to play off-the-shelf games on PlayStation Vita and other compatible devices, the ability to broadcast gaming online or to friends, with remote control of gameplay. The controller of the console has also been revamped and improved from PlayStation 3, with improved buttons and analog sticks, and an integrated touchpad, among other improvements. The console also allows HDR10 High-dynamic-range video and 4K multimedia resolution playback.
How to Connect PS4 Controller to PC Without Bluetooth
So, here you will learn 2 different ways to connect a PS4 Controller to a PC without Bluetooth in Windows 10. However, it’s quite easy to connect and use a PS4 controller to a PC via Bluetooth but the downside is that most PCs and laptops aren’t equipped with Bluetooth.
Method 1. Connecting via Steam Settings
If you’re a PC gamer, you’re likely to have a Steam account. Luckily, Steam makes it easy to attach new controllers. Steam has modified its platform to support PS4 controllers, but needs some configuration on your part:
Step 1. Open Steam and click Steam > Check for Steam Client Updates. If there are available updates, download and install the updates, then wait for Steam to restart.
Step 2. Plug the PS4 controller into a USB port on your PC.
Step 3. Click the View tab and then select Settings.
Step 4. Click Controller, then select General Controller Settings.
Step 5. Check the box next to the PlayStation Configuration Support. Click your PS4 controller under Detected Controllers, then select preferences.
Step 6. On this screen, you can configure certain things like the PS4 controller a name, change the LED color, and toggle the rumble feature. Once you’re done, select Submit. Your controller is ready to use, so close the settings screen and launch a game.
To access the controller settings while playing a game, press the PlayStation button on the PS4 controller. Most games should show the PlayStation button configuration, but older games that don’t support Steam’s generic controller may show the Xbox controller buttons on the screen. The PS4 controller should still work fine.
Method 2. Connect a PS4 Controller to a PC via the DS4 Windows Utility
You’ll need a dedicated device driver to play non-steam games on a Windows PC. By tricking the computer into thinking that the PS4’s DualShock controller is an Xbox controller, the DSWindows driver operates.
If you want to use the wired controller with a non-Steam game, this is another option.
Step 1. Plug the PS4 controller into a USB port on the PC.
Step 2. Open a web browser, go to ds4windows.com, and select Download Now.
Step 3. Select DS4Windows.zip to download it.
Step 4. When downloaded, extract the file.
Step 5. Open the DS4Windows.exe file.
Step 6. Select Appdata in the pop-up window.
Step 7. Once you’ve picked a spot to save the files, click “Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver” and let the program install its files. If you’re asked whether you’d like to install the software, click “Install.” Meanwhile, if you are using Windows 7 or before then click on Step 2.
Step 8. Now, your PS4 controller is successfully connected to the PC without Bluetooth via the DS4 Windows Utility
You can now use the PS4 controller on your PC with a micro-USB cable, although you may need to restart your computer first. The driver installs automatically, and the controller is ready to use. A menu opens where you can adjust the PS4 controller settings. Open DS4Windows.exe any time to access this menu.
That’s it. This is how you can connect a PS4 controller to a PC without Bluetooth for Steam and non-steam players in Windows 10. If you are a Steam player, then you can easily connect a PS4 controller while for a non-steam player, they can connect via the DS4 Windows Utility.