Before we get into the specifics of connecting your DUALSHOCK via one of the two methods, you have to determine if your PC is Bluetooth capable or not.
How to tell if your PC has Bluetooth
- Right-click on the Windows Start button.
- Select Device Manager.
- If you have an entry with the Bluetooth icon, your PC is Bluetooth capable! If not, don't worry; you can still connect your DUALSHOCK.
- You can also press CTRL + F to bring up your PC's search bar. Type "Bluetooth" into the search bar, and if there's a Bluetooth result in your PC's files, your PC has Bluetooth!
If your PC is Bluetooth capable, you can use either the USB or Bluetooth.
If your PC doesn't have Bluetooth, you're limited to one of two options: the micro USB method or the Bluetooth adapter method.
While there are pros and cons to each method (you charge your DUALSHOCK with the USB, you get more portability with Bluetooth because you're wireless, etc.), there is one caveat to connecting with a PS controller: you have to change the way your DUALSHOCK communicates with your PC.
Most PC games use Microsoft's XInput, an interface that allows the PC to process Xbox controller inputs. Since the DUALSHOCK are a Sony product, they don't communicate using the XInput, so you need to change how your PC interprets the PS controller.
Thankfully, this is made possible through third-party platforms like Steam and DS4Windows. Connecting your controller through Steam is straightforward, and, since most PC gamers already have Steam downloaded, that's the program this guide will focus on.
If you don't have Steam downloaded, I'll show you how to do that in the next step.