There are many gamers who like to play videogames found on different platforms, such as that of the PC and the PlayStation 4. Speaking of the former platform, there are some titles that seem to be better played with the use of a handheld controller rather than using the mouse or the keyboard. However, one quick search online and you will find that a dedicated gaming controller for your PC might not be the best option if you’re on a tight budget. But if you have a PS4, then you can just use the controller on Sony’s home gaming console to play PC games.
How to Use the PlayStation 4 Controller for PC Games
If you’re interested in playing videogames on your PC with the use of a PlayStation 4 controller, then the first thing you would have to do is to download and install an application called InputMapper to your computer. Once that’s been done, you can connect your PS4 controller to the Windows PC with the use of a USB Cable, or through a Bluetooth connection if your computer is Bluetooth ready or if you have a dongle for this purpose. Now just open InputMapper, map out the buttons on the controller to match specific commands just like when you’re using a mouse and/or a keyboard and you’re good to go.
While these are the steps for using the PS4 controller on a Windows PC, what about Mac computer? Can they take advantage of this as well? First, let’s turn back the clock a bit to the announcement of the DualShock 4 controller back in February of 2013. This is the successor to the PS3’s DualShock controller that was previously announced at a Sony press conference. That announcement made fans all over the world excited and filled with glee.
With the new DualShock 4 controller, it even adds more features to its predecessor, such as a 3.5-millimeter jack that has headphone and mic support, redesigned trigger buttons, the touchpad, and also a neat lightbar found at the top. Aside from those announcements, Sony also stated that the DualShock 4 controller is compatible with Windows.
That being said, the PlayStation 4 controller is not as plug-and-play-friendly when connecting it to a Mac computer as compared to plugging it into a Windows PC. While the Apple computer will recognize it as a gamepad, it will still get complicated from that point onwards. Simply put, there’s still a bit of tweaking around to make it work properly.
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