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.

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How to stream games to a Fire TV using NVIDIA GameStream

An alternate title to this post could be, “How to play Watch Dogs on a FireTV,” because that’s what I’m doing right now.

One of the things I want my console to be able to do is stream games. If I keep my console in the living room, I want to be able to play it from the bedroom without needing a second console. For anybody who hasn’t put the money into a computer that they can keep next to the TV, streaming this way can also help. You can keep your PC in a bedroom or office, but still use it to play games in the living room.

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How to play SNES games from Steam (with the Steam overlay)

In my quest to build the best console ever, I’ve decided to start with Steam as a base. Moving from Xbox to a custom built console means losing the overlay that lets me do things like chat with friends. Steam provides things like that, and I buy most of my games via Steam, so it makes sense to start there. And with Steam’s big picture mode, it will work perfectly with a controller.

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The first challenge, then, was setting things up so I could launch my emulated games as easily as my modern games. This is how I did it.

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