How to Use a PS4 DualShock 4 to Play PC Games
When Sony announced that Dualshock 4 would work on windows, PC gamers all over the world celebrated in unison. Although, the game works on PC, it's not a direct plug- and-play situation; for you to play the game, you need to have an application.
The good side is that there is an open source application that aids in mapping Dualshoch 4's controls directly to microsoft's Xinput API.
To use the application, you need first to visit PCSX2 forum and download the latest version of DS4 tool. You should unzip the folder and put it somewhere you won't forget. Inside the folder, you should navigate to the virtual bus driver folder and open the 'ScpDriver'.
You should then click on the install button and when everything has installed, close the window and connect your PC to Dualshock 4. You can use USB or Bluetooth to connect your PC to Dualshock 4. USB method is usually more reliable because some Bluetooth chipsets aren't supported by computer software.
Once connected, you should navigate to DS4Tool folder and launch 'ScpServer'. Once you launch 'ScpServer', DualShock 4 should be recognized in the application.
One advantages of the application is that you can customize your gaming experience. To customize your experience, you should click on the 'options' button. Once you have clicked on the button, you will be taken to a window filled with sliders.
In the window, you will be able to change the color and intensity of DS4's light bar. You will also be able to switch the light bar, tweak the rumble settings, and enable the DS4's touchpad so that you can control the mouse pointer.
This software is designed to mimic Xbox 360 controller; therefore, the built-in gyroscope and accelerometer can't be found.
You should note that you have to manually launch the program whenever you want to play the game. If you want a program that will be integrated automatically, you have to buy PS4 or wait for the company to release PC games that come with native DS4 support.
Ensuring that everything is working perfectly takes a lot of effort. Another challenge is that the program is prone to bugs and hardware incompatibility. While this program comes with a number of challenges, it's a perfect choice for avid game players.
If you are already using Xbox 360 controller on your PC, you don't have to switch to DualShock 4 at the moment unless you feel that DS4 is more ergonomic.
Written by Santiago Urquieta