Some computer games are made to be played with a mouse and keyboard. But sometimes, once you’ve used a PlayStation controller to play a game, you realize it’s a lot more fun.
If you don’t know how PlayStation works, you might wonder if you can connect a PS4 controller to a PC instead of a Sony PlayStation console. Yes, but there are a lot of steps to take before you can start playing games until your heart’s desire.
We’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide on how to connect a PS4 controller to a PC.
How to Sync a PS4 Controller to a PS4
To connect a controller to the system, especially for the first time, you’ll need a USB cable. The DualShock 4 can be connected to the system with any USB 2.0 Micro-B cable, and even though the system only has two USB ports, each player account can connect up to four controllers.
Before turning on your PS4, plug the small end of your USB cable into the port on top of the controller; plug the other end into one of the USB ports on the front of the console.
Turn on your PS4 by pressing the console’s power button. It should automatically detect your connected controller and assign it to the first available player slot.
Press the PS button in the center of the controller and you’ll see the login screen where you can choose a player account or create one.
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How to Sync Additional PS4 Controllers Wirelessly
Once you have at least one keyboard working with your system, you can add more wirelessly:
With your synced controller, locate the Settings option in the row of icons above the PS4 home menu, represented by an icon that looks like a briefcase.
Navigate to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices. You should see a list of devices presently synced with your console.
On the PS4 controller you wish to sync, hold down the PS button and the Share button simultaneously for 5 seconds.
When the new controller appears in the list of Bluetooth device, select it with the other controller. The new controller will then be synced with your PS4.
How to Unpair a PS4 Controller
Make sure the controller you wish to unpair is turned off.
Using another PS4 controller, turn on your console. From the PS4 home menu, navigate to Setting > Devices > Bluetooth Devices.
You should see a list of controllers. Select the one you wish to unpair and choose delete.
How to Charge Your PS4 Controller
While the controller is hooked up to the PS4, its onboard battery will charge. If you leave the controller plugged in while your PS4 is in rest mode, it will keep charging, and the top light will turn yellow. When your controller is almost out of power, the light will flash yellow, and you should see a message on the screen asking you to plug it in.
When the controller is charged, the light bar on top will glow in a different color for each person. person 1 is blue, player 2 is red, player 3 is green, and Player 4 is pink.
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Troubleshooting: PS4 Wireless Connectivity Problems
If pressing the PS button on your controller doesn’t turn it on, plug it into the PS4 to make sure it has power. If the light bar doesn’t light up, it could be because of a problem with your USB cord or because the battery inside the controller is broken. If you have a second cable, use that instead to rule out the first option.
If the controller can’t connect directly to the console even though it’s charged, the problem is either with the console or with the controller’s Bluetooth. If your other PS4 controllers work remotely, the problem is with the one that doesn’t. Still, you can keep playing if you connect the controller to the machine via USB.