DS4Windows – Use your PS4 Controller on PC to its full potential

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By default, the Sony PlayStation 4 gamepad cannot connect directly to your computer to use. Just as the PS2/PS3 gamepad can be connected to PC via ScpToolkit (ScpServer), the PS4 gamepad can be connected to your PC perfectly via DS4Windows. DS4Windows is an indispensable tool for players who want to use their PS4’s DualShock 4 wireless controller on their PC.

DS4Windows is based on the great project originally started by InhexSTER under the name DS4 Tool (DS4Tool, DS4 Controller), which was later branched off by electrobrains. Then DS4Windows’s author Jays2Kings decided to branch off his own fork and added new things such as profiles feature, which has stopped since 2016. For now, the developer Ryochan7 is working on Jays2Kings’ project and continue to improve DS4Windows. Based on the work of Jays2Kings, Ryochan7 has made many changes to DS4Windows since it was forked in 2017.

DS4Windows works by emulating an Xbox 360 controller, so many more games are accessible. It is like some other DS4 tools, but sexier and more powerful. It brings the functionality of PS4 controllers to PC with controller emulation and DS4 mapping for game control via Bluetooth connection, letting you get the best experience while using a DualShock 4 controller on your Windows PC.

As a driver and hypervisor that enables you to use the PS4 gamepad on your PC, DS4Windows offers a large number of controller settings (from control mapping to touchpad sensitivity, markers, rainbow lightbar, motion controls, to special operations triggered by pressing multiple buttons); can connect multiple controllers at the same time, and supports most vendors’ input controllers (e.g.: DualSense, Switch Pro, and JoyCon), even some unknown gamepads can also be normally connected via this software.

Even better, it is able to set a variety of profiles, which make it easy to quickly switch between different settings on your controller. You can customize controls for specific games, or set the lightbar to your favorite color. You can even slide two fingers across the touchpad to change profiles without opening the program. In addition to manually switching profiles, you can also automatically switch controllers to different profiles when launching certain programs.

BTW, there are currently only a handful of games on few game platforms like Steam that provide support for DS4 controller, while game platforms like Origin, Uplay and GOG do not support DS4 yet. At this point, using software like DS4Windows is your best choice.

// Key Features //

DS4Windows by Jays2Kings
  • Use X360-like input to use the DS4 in more games and have rumble
  • Use the touchpad as a mouse or for more actions
  • Use sixaxis movement for just as many actions
  • Control the Lightbar: turn it off, dynamicly change by battery level, and more
  • Map the buttons and sticks to other 360 controls or keyboard actions or macros
  • Use profiles to quickly switch between configurations for your controllers
  • Automatically switch profiles by when a certain program(s) is launched
  • Hold an action to access a new whole set of controls
  • Get a reading of how the sticks and sixaxis is working
  • Assign a deadzone to both analog sticks, the triggers, and the sixaxis
  • Automatically get new updates
DS4Windows by Ryochan7
  • Use the same app for mapping a DS4, DualSense, Switch Pro, and JoyCon
  • Emulate an Xbox 360 controller for using a DS4 in many PC games that don’t directly support it
  • Emulate a DS4 v.1 for games that only support a Sony DS4 v.1 in some situations. Allow third party DS4 support or wireless support for some games
  • Play PC games that only support KB+M input by emulating KB+M actions
  • Customize input and output response using many modifier options
  • Use DS4 touchpad as a mouse or map to other output controls
  • Play games with Gyro controls by emulating Mouse or Mouse-like RS output when emulating an Xbox 360 controller
  • Control the lightbar color: Check battery level, assign slot numbers to specific colors, profile controlled lightbar color
  • Automatically switch profiles when different programs are in focus
  • Mode Shifts for allowing more mappings beyond the number of buttons on a device
  • Automatically checks and downloads future app updates

// Fan Made Video Tutorials //

// System Requirements //

DS4Windows by Jays2Kings
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5+ (needed to unzip the driver and for macros to work properly)
  • DS4 Driver (Downloaded & Installed with DS4Windows)
  • Microsoft 360 Driver (link inside DS4Windows, already installed on Windows 7 SP1+, or if you’ve used a 360 controller before)
  • Sony DualShock 4 (This should be obvious)
  • Micro USB cable
  • (Optional) Bluetooth 2.1+, via adapter or built in PC (My recommendation) (Toshiba’s bluetooth & Bluetooth adapters using CSR currently does not work)

*** Hide DS4 currently doesn’t work on Windows 10 without a workaround (disabling Network list service and restarting, but this causes serious issues with windows, use caution).

DS4Windows by Ryochan7
  • Windows 10+
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 5.0+
  • Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable
  • ViGEmBus driver (DS4Windows will install it for you)
  • Microsoft 360 Driver (link inside DS4Windows, already installed by Windows if you’ve used a 360 controller before)
  • Sony DualShock 4 or other supported controller
  • Connection method:
    • Micro USB cable
    • Sony Wireless Adapter
    • Bluetooth 4.0 (via an adapter like this or built in PC). Only use of Microsoft BT stack is supported. CSR BT stack is confirmed to not work with the DS4 even though some CSR adapters work fine using Microsoft BT stack. Toshiba’s adapters currently do not work. Disabling ‘Enable output data’ in the controller profile settings might help with latency issues, but will disable lightbar and rumble support.
  • Disable PlayStation Configuration Support and Xbox Configuration Support options in Steam

// Download URLs //

License Version Download Size
by Jays2Kings (GitHub)
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by Ryochan7 (GitHub)
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