Successful console games are often ported to PC, however, many of these ports fall short of translating their control schemes comfortably from gamepad to keyboard and mouse. While the controller for the Xbox 360 just works when plugged into a Windows machine, this isn’t the case with the peripherals for the newly released PS4. Fortunately, drivers are already available to make this possible.
This article originally appeared on Kotaku Australia.
As this article over on PC Gamer explains, you’ll need to head over to the following thread on the PCSX2 forums and download the “DS4Tool.zip” archive. Inside this file are the drivers you’ll need to get the operating system and the controller communicating over USB, which it does by making the peripheral appear to Windows as an Xbox 360 gamepad.
If you’re using Windows 8 / 8.1, you should be able to use Bluetooth to wield the controller sans cable. Unfortunately, Windows 7 appears to have difficulties keeping the connection up. The PC Gamer article notes this might be isolated to its testing hardware, but points out that “others have reported similar issues”.
Right now, the rumble and light bar functionality don’t work, though the drivers are a work in progress.
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