Enjoy playing on your PC with the PS4 and PS5 controllers

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ps4 and ps5 controllers for pc

The controls of the consoles PS4 and PS5 they can be used to play on your PC. We will only need to do a few short steps and we will connect them by cable or Bluetooth to our computer. Although it is also interesting to know the limitations and requirements that we must meet.

The big brands in the technology sector tend to try to create their own ecosystem in terms of compatibility of various devices and peripherals. This tends to be for commercial reasons, they “force” you to buy controllers, headphones, etc. of the own brand if you want to enjoy them without limitations. The price is also usually more … “Exclusive”. At Sony, since the fourth generation of PlayStation we can enjoy DUALSHOCK 4 to play on PC, as is also the case with the PS5 DualSense, both compatible with Steam, the most popular online gaming platform.

Connect PS4 DUALSHOCK 4 to PC

The connection and pairing process on both devices is really simple and is done in just a few steps. We must not forget that the functions of the PS4 controller will be limited when you use them on other devices than PS4 or Sony Xperia, since it isn other devices will not work the panel touch, change Colour of the light bar or the functions of vibration, sensor of movement nor the Audio for headphones.

By Bluetooth

The wireless connection is a very good option because it gives us freedom and does not offer limitations, since our visual capacity will always be “compatible” within 10 meters of distance, it is not like playing farther from the screen than a Bluetooth connection allows us. The steps to connect the PS4 controller to the PC would be these:

  • Make sure the light bar is off, if it is on, press the PS button until it turns off.
  • Activate pairing mode on the DUALSHOCK 4: Press and hold the button Compartir and, without releasing it, press the PS button until the light bar blinks.
  • Activate the Bluetooth in the computer.
  • Choose the option to search new devices and wait for the device to appear in the list.
  • Select it to connect.
  • Check that the light bar is on and does not blink.

ps4 dualshock 4 controller

You should note that the DUALSHOCK 4 gamepad only supports a Bluetooth connection, so if you want to use it again with PlayStation 4 you will have to pair it again. For the next times, when you use the device again with the same device you will not need to pair them again, it will be enough to turn on both devices. In order to reconnect the controller to the PlayStation 4 again you will have to do it via USB cable, pressing the PS button will be enough for the console to identify it.

With cable

Connecting the PlayStation 4 gamepad with a PC via cable is much faster and easier. The limitation of distance and movements that the cable gives us is compensated with the ease of connection.

It would be enough to use a microUSB to USB-A cable to connect both devices and the PC will directly recognize the device once you have turned it on. It is important that the cable you use is compatible with data transmission, that is, that it is not just charging.

connect ps4 ps5 controller to pc

Connect PS5 DualSense to PC

The PS5 DualSense can be connected in both ways, cable and Bluetooth to your PC, although it also has some limitations.

By Bluetooth

For the wireless connection of Dual Sense to PC we have to follow these steps:

  • Simultaneously press the PS button and Create button for 3 seconds until the lightbar flashes.
  • In the Bluetooth settings of the PC choose the gamepad.
  • Enter the pairing code “0000” if required.

ps5 dualsense controller

You must bear in mind that some of the specific functions of the controller will not be supported on the PC like adaptive triggers or haptic feedback, incompatible with most games. The 3.5 mm jack audio connection will not be available for PC either.

With cable

The connection is made directly as with the PlayStation 4 device. In this case, the PS5 DualSense needs a cable for data transmission from USB-C to USB-A or USB-C depending on the port of your PC.

PS Remote Play

Sony wants you to become the inseparable friend of the DUALSHOCK 4 and DualSense controllers, so it allows us to use them to play on the PC and to share games on other devices with PS Remote Play.

ps remote play

What is it

Remote Play is the option that Sony offers us owners of fourth and fifth generation consoles to be able to play our favorite games on other devices such as Android smartphones and tablets, iOS devices, or Windows or Mac computers.

With this application you can enjoy the applications and games of your PS4 or PS5 on the screen of any other device to the point of being able to start playing on your console, pause the game and resume it on the screen you choose through the application PlayStation Remote Play. In fact, it is not even necessary to turn on your television, it would be enough to turn on your console and connect from the application on another computer.


There are several requirements that must be met and taken into account. On the one hand, it is essential to have a PlayStation 4 or 5 to share your games on other computers. The Internet connection must offer a minimum bandwidth of 5 Mbps, although a speed of 15 Mbps is recommended over network cable.


Devices with an Android operating system that have the version 7.0 or later and the Ps Remote Play application installed from the Play Store will be able to play Playstation games with the touch controls onscreen. Devices with Android 10.0 or higher yes that will be compatible with the DUALSHOCK 4. Currently (July 2021) the option to play with Remote Play on Android using the DualSense on PS5 is not available.

iPhone and iPad

All Apple mobile devices that have installed iOS 12.1 or higher They can play Playstation 4 and 5 games with the touch screen controls. If the device integrates iOS 13 or higher will be compatible with DUALSHOCK 4 and if you have installed iOS 14.5 or higher You can also use the PS5 DualSense.

Windows and Mac

If you have a PC with Windows 10 or higher you can play with a DUALSHOCK 4 wirelessly or a DualSense via wired connection with the app installed from the Microsoft Store. In the case of macOS you can use the ps4 controller wirelessly with Catalina version or higher or if you have macOS 11.3 you can connect the ps5 controller wired or Bluetooth.

The requirements to use PS Remote Play on Windows They are:

  • Windows 10 (32 or 64 bit).
  • Processor Intel Core i7 or higher.
  • 100 MB of HDD.
  • 2 GB memory RAM.
  • Resolution 1024 × 768 screen.

For the Mac users it will be necessary to meet these requirements:

  • macOS High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina or Big Sur.
  • 40 MB of HDD.
  • 2 GB memory RAM.

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