Controller:DualShock 4

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DualShock 4
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Key points

The support for supplementary features like the internal speaker, headphone jack, gyroscope, or lightbar varies between models, type of connection, and games/software.
Supported natively by a growing list of games (see support in games) while also featuring native DirectInput support.
Capable of making full use of Steam Input due to many overlapping features with the Steam Controller.[1]
Uses standard[2] USB (Micro-B) and Bluetooth HID protocols for communication..
..but exposes advanced features over the latter only via the custom PS4[3] mode. For the moment, only working with the official adapter.
Lacks native XInput support, requiring the use of a XInput wrapper (see Windows) for games that do not support DirectInput or the controller natively.

General information

PC Games with DualShock 4 support

Use with PC platforms[edit]

The controller does not support XInput natively; additional third-party software such as Steam or an alternative (Windows, Linux) might be required to use the controller in XInput-only games.
Some older games works only with DS4 V1 controller and don't support V2 controller or don't work with wireless connection through Bluetooth dongle. DS4 V1 emulation helps to fix the issue.


Micro USB[edit]

V2 controller variation automatically installs itself as a DirectInput gamepad with the name "Wireless Controller" under Windows 10. An audio device with the name "Headset Earphone (Wireless Controller)" is also installed, which allows the use of the 3.5mm jack on the controller for audio passthrough. When the DS 4 is plugged in, the Windows audio playback device is automatically switched to "Headset Earphone (Wireless Controller)".
Connect the controller[4]
  1. Use a micro USB cable to connect the controller to a USB port on the computer.
  2. The controller should automatically be recognized and installed by Windows 10.


Games with native controller support might not support Bluetooth connected controllers; requiring a wireless adaptor, wired connection, or a XInput wrapper instead.[5]
Uses normal Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR[6] (but 2.0 + EDR can also be made to work)
Up to 4 controllers can be connected wirelessly to a single Bluetooth receiver.
The audio passthrough via the 3.5mm headphone port doesn't work.
Official Sony PlayStation services such as PS4 Remote Play and PlayStation Now do not support generic Bluetooth connected controllers.
Pair the controller[7]
  1. Make sure the Bluetooth functionality is enabled in your OS.
  2. Begin by turning the controller to off by pressing PlayStation+ or holding PlayStation for ten seconds.
  3. Put the controller in pairing mode by holding down PlayStation+Share at the same time until the light bar does two quick flashes of white, turns off, then repeats this pattern.
  4. Navigate to the Bluetooth settings of the operating system, select "Wireless Controller" and pair it.
  • If asked for a pair code, use 0000.


To turn off the controller press PlayStation+ or hold PlayStation for ten seconds.
If the controller have already been paired with Windows previously using Bluetooth, it might be required to remove existing older pairing in Windows before trying to re-pair the device again, as Windows otherwise might not discover the device.

Official Wireless Adaptor[edit]

DUALSHOCK 4 USB Wireless Adaptor officialy released for Windows or Mac.
DUALSHOCK 4 USB Wireless Adaptor officialy released for Windows or Mac.
Official peripheral; required if using PS4 Remote Play or PlayStation Now wireless.
Games with native controller support may not work with the adapter even if they work with a wired connection.
Installs itself as an audio device and allows the use of the 3.5mm jack on the controller for audio passthrough.
Recognized as a DirectInput controller while plugged in, regardless of whether an actual DualShock 4 controller is paired with the adapter or not. This can cause issues with games incorrectly assuming a controller is connected when there isn't.
Only a single controller can be connected.
Can be expensive compared to using generic Bluetooth receiver to connect wirelessly.
Pair the controller[8]
  1. Push in the wireless adapter towards the USB port until the light bar starts to blink rapidly.
  2. Hold down PlayStation+Share at the same time until the light bar starts to blink rapidly.
  3. The controller and adapter should automatically find and pair with one another within a second or two. When completed the light bar of both will stop blinking rapidly.


To turn off the controller press PlayStation+ or hold PlayStation for ten seconds.


Windows 10 has native drivers. When the DS 4 is plugged in for the first time, Windows 10 automatically installs it as a DirectInput gamepad with the name "Wireless Controller". All buttons are tested to work under Windows "Game controller settings". The headset audio device is also installed. When the DS 4 is plugged in, the Windows audio playback device is automatically switched to "Headset Earphone (Wireless Controller)".

XInput wrapping[edit]

Acting as native DirectInput controller, it's possible to use any of the generic wrappers. See the controller article for those.


Emulate mouse moves on touchpad.
Possible to set mappings to tap and tap with click for touchpad.
Allows emulate virtual Xbox 360 controller to play XInput compatible games.
Lightbar shows when the battery is Critically low.
Not possible to map change of lightbar's color by pressing buttons.
Not free of charge. 14-days trial.
Custom configs for DualShock 4 controller can be found in official Community Configs Library maintained by reWASD users.


Extensive program with high amount of customization. Can be used as XInput, keyboard and mouse wrapper with macros or just as an extend of the controller to use controllers features like touchpad, gyroscope, haptic feedback and lighbar.
Ability to emulate DS4 V1 controller which can help with older games that don't support V2 controller or don't work with wireless connection through Bluetooth dongle.
Does not currently support/recognize Bluetooth adapters with chips manufactured by Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) of which there are many.
Double input[edit]
This is caused by controller showing up as two, first as the native, "real" controller (the DirectInput device) and second as the emulated (virtual) controller, which can be the Xbox 360 Controller or also another DualShock 4 version 1.
Disable emulated XInput controller (profile specific option)[citation needed]
  1. Under Profiles tab, select desired profile and edit it.
  2. Under Controls tab, from lower right corner, check "Use Dinput only".


This makes it easier to enable XInput with game-by-game basis if game doesn't support the controller or DirectInput.
Only works with games that support DirectInput or native DS4 input
HidHide[citation needed]
  1. For installation and how to configure instructions, follow HidHide's setup guide.


This "hides" the physical controller once properly configured, meaning only the DS4Windows' virtual controllers remains which fully prevents the double input issue
HidHide is the successor of HidGuardian
Easy to configure. Users can allow which applications can detect hidden controllers and also quickly hide/unhide controllers by using its own Configuration Client
Consistent exclusive mode regardless of the software currently running
Hide DualShock 4 (global option)[citation needed]
  1. Under Settings tab, check "Hide DS4 Controller"


This makes the controller always show up as single XInput controller, making controller work properly with majority of modern titles.
Some software like Steam, Ubisoft Connect, GeForce Experience or UWP apps prevent this from working consistently. See below.
  1. Install HidGuardian for consistent exclusive mode


Consistent exclusive mode regardless of the software currently running
Hard to configure
Made obsolete by the release of HidHide
Disables native DS4 input permanently with no easy way to whitelist software to see it if using V1 controller
Has to be re-installed every Windows upgrade


Earlier known as DS4Tool and DS4Windows, not to be confused with current DS4Windows.
Ad supported donationware.


Controller is natively supported since kernel 3.15.

Light Bar support[edit]

Light bar support may require additional tweaks. For games using the FNA engine, refer to the engine article; for other games, refer to the game-specific articles for details.


On macOS Catalina (10.15) or later, Bluetooth support is available natively.[10]

Chrome OS[edit]

This controller is "Plug and Play" on Chrome OS.


Capable of making full use of Steam Input due to many overlapping features with the Steam Controller.[1]
Double inputs, games with native support might see the controller as an Xbox controller.
Enable Dualshock 4 controller support[11]
  1. Turn off or disconnect the controller from the computer.
  2. Open Steam and navigate to the controller settings page:
    • In desktop mode: View -> Settings -> Controller -> General Controller Settings
    • In Big Picture mode: Settings -> Controller Settings
  3. Enable PS4 Configuration Support.
  4. Turn on or connect the controller to the computer again.
  5. Steam should now detect the controller (usually signified by the light bar changing color) and allow the use of it in XInput-only games, while also supporting custom configs using the Steam Input controller configurator.


This feature is what causes the double input issue in games that natively support the controller. Disable PS4 Configuration Support before playing affected games to solve the issue.

Steam Link compatibility[edit]

Wired or wireless works. Press the PlayStation+Share to power up to be detected by Steam Link. All buttons are mapped correctly.
Works without any drivers on any operating system that supports Steam.
Can be used just to send input from a controller to a PC. Go into Streaming options, hit and disable video and audio streaming.
Won't work great unless you connect it to LAN or a low latency Wi-Fi.



DUALSHOCK 4 Back Button Attachment[edit]

DUALSHOCK 4 Back Button Attachment with gamepad.
DUALSHOCK 4 Back Button Attachment with gamepad.
Works perfectly fine on PC. Attachment translates their inputs to Dualshock 4 signals what makes attachment compatible with every device which supports DualShock 4 controller.
Fully configurable - 16 different functions to map to the Back Button Attachment and save up to three profiles.
Easily programmable - scrolling through every button combination on a compact digital screen and possible to assign them with a single button press.
Unlike Xbox Elite controller, Paddles cannot be rebinded by any software as attachment is not sending its own signals, just simulate existing ones.
Share button cannot be mapped to Paddle what may affect some PC configurations where Share is still treated as Select button.


Adding to controller two remappable paddles.
Possible to map special behaviour mods: Anti-Recoil Adjustable, Quick Scope, Auto Run, Drop Shot, Rapid Fire, Optimized Rapid Fire, Rapid Fire Adjustable, Pulse Fire Adjustable, Burst Fire Adjustable, MW Jitter, Anti-Recoil, Auto Hold Breath, Turbo Melee, Double Jump, Auto Spot, ADS and Hair Triggers.
Detachable magnetic paddles allows buy and attach alternate paddles for different hand sizes.
Requires cable connection.


XIM APEX[edit]

XIM APEX provides the highest precision mouse and keyboard (and more) experience on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 (PS3). Software emulates Keyboard+Mouse inputs into signals from controllers connected to third USB port.
Supports official wireless Playstation 4 DualShock 4 controller connected with a micro-USB cable
Simple real-time smartphone and tablet-based configuration. Real-time feedback to guide you to your optimal settings.
Supports your existing PlayStation 4 headsets.
Firmware upgradable.
Active community forum.
Needs your controller plugged into USB port #3 on your XIM HUB at all times to function.

Support in games[edit]

For a list of games, see games with DualShock 4 controller support.

Games with generic DirectInput support are supported by the controller, however button placements may be out of place and need to be rebound. Refer to game-specific articles for rebinding support.
Supported natively by a growing list of games, allowing the use of the controller and some/all of it supplementary features without any additional software installed.
Support for some controller features may be only available on certain systems. Refer to game-specific articles for details.

Light bar[edit]

Number of games which support light bar is limited and light bar support is still not a PC standard.
Aurora is a third party, open source solution for handling RGB lighting which is extending list of supported games. List can be found in project's Github page.
Steam Input configuration is letting to control light bar.

Games with Light Bar support[edit]

... further results

Games with DualShock button prompts[edit]

Please note, that this is only list for games that offer DualShock button prompts.

... further results

Issues fixed[edit]

Game sees two controllers/game takes two inputs at once[edit]

This is caused by using a XInput wrapper with a game that natively supports both DualShock 4 controllers and XInput devices, causing the game to use both the actual hardware and the virtual XInput controller at once.
To use the controller natively as a DualShock 4 controller, do any of the following:
  • Close any installed XInput wrappers, such as DS4Windows, SCP, InputMapper, Steam (if possible), etc.
  • Disable the global/game-specific option to wrap the controller in any installed XInput wrapper.
    • Example: Disable PS4 Configuration Support in Steam.
  • Uninstall any installed XInput wrapper.
  • Unhide the controller if it's hidden by HidHide or HidGuardian
    • Alternatively, it's possible to keep the real controller hidden but make the remapping tool (e.g.: DS4Windows) emulate a new DS4 controller
To use the controller as a XInput device, do any of the following:
  • Use HidHide to "hide" the "real" DS4 from everything besides the remapping tool that is remapping the controller into the emulated XInput device
  • Enable the Hide DualShock 4 controller option in the XInput wrapping software, if one exist.
  • Use a third-party tool like Special K that includes this functionality (set DisablePS4HID to true).

Fast movement without input[edit]

This is most likely caused by game being designed for XInput controllers only, but still taking inputs from DirectInput controllers. What this means is that game is reading Dualshock 4 controllers shoulder axis which are not centered as right stick.
See the controller glossary page for more information.
Rebind Controller Buttons
For Unity games with no launchers hold Shift to access the launcher as the game starts, then select the Input tab.
Check the wiki article for the desired game to find a different rebinding solution. Configuration files may hold such settings.
Use XInput wrapper
For Dualshock 4 specific methods, you can see OS specific solutions above. For generic DirectInput and per game solutions, see controller article.

Other information[edit]

Worn analog sticks[edit]

Worn analog sticks are a known issue and Sony should've changed rubber material for new controllers.[12] If the controller is still under warranty contact Sony or the retailer for replacement instructions.[13] Worn sticks can also be replaced manually (follow this guide).

Technical information[edit]

Original, V1: Wireless controller, HWID: 054C:05C4
New variation (released with Slim and Pro), V2: Wireless Controller, HWID: 054C:09CC
Wireless Adapter: Device name: DUALSHOCK®4 USB Wireless Adaptor , HWID: 054C:0BA0
Controller button Button label and axis
Square Button 1
Cross Button 2
Circle Button 3
Triangle Button 4
L1 Button 5
R1 Button 6
L2 Button 7, X-rotation
R2 Button 8, Y-rotation
Share Button 9
Options Button 10
Left stick Button 11, X-axis, Y-axis
Right stick Button 12, Z-axis, Z-rotation
PlayStation button Button 13
Touchpad Button 14
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right