A brief history of PlayStation 4 controller software on Windows

When I posted the article on how to use a Playstation 4 controller on your PC, there were some interesting comments on Reddit. A lot of people preferred InputMapper, and thought that DS4Windows was deprecated. It’s not true, but there’s a very good reason they thought it was. These applications all share a common history, and today I’m going to start at the beginning and talk about how we got the software we have today.

Edit: It’s been pointed out that this article doesn’t mention that Steam’s new support for the DualShock 4 controller. What Steam is doing is great, and will get it’s own post very soon. For now, I wanted to show you the lineage of the tools we’ve all been using, because the way these developers built on each other’s work is interesting. Think of it as a history lesson. read more

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How to use a PlayStation 4 controller on PC

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One of my favorite things about PC gaming is that you can play with whichever controller you like best. There are controllers made specifically for PC, but if you want to, you can just use a Playstation or Xbox controller. You can even use controllers for older consoles like Super Nintendo or Nintendo 64.

My personal favorite is the DualShock 4 wireless controller for Playstation 4. It’s a form factor I’ve used since the first PlayStation. They haven’t changed it much over the years, so it’s good for both modern games and older classics. It’s also wireless, which is nice for playing on a TV, and the touchpad can be used as a mouse. read more

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