What is the difference between connecting a PS4 controller to a computer via a USB cable and Bluetooth

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If you enjoy using a PS4 console for PC games, then you should know that there are several ways to connect a PS4 console to your Windows 10 PC. (via a micro-USB cable), and pair your console wirelessly via Bluetooth.

How to Connect PS4 Controller to PC Using USB

If you want to connect your PS4 console with a micro-USB cable (the same cable you use to charge the console), you have two options: via Steam or DS4 Windows Utility.

Connect via Steam

1. Open the Steam app and tap the Big Picture Mode icon at the top right, which looks like a square with two arrows pointing out.

2. Once you’re in Big Picture mode, select the gear-shaped Settings icon at the top right.

5. Connect the PS4 console to your computer using a micro-USB cable, and make sure the backlight on the console glows to indicate that there is a connection.

6. Steam should automatically detect and configure your console, tap it when it appears at the bottom of the page.

Connecting via DS4 Windows Utility

1. In the web browser on your computer, go to the DS4 Windows website, and click Download Now.

2. You will be redirected, find and click the DS4Windows.zip file, then download it to your computer.

3. Find and open the downloaded .zip file on your computer, then double-click DS4Updater and click Extract All.

4. Choose a location for the files to extract, it should be a location that you can easily find.

5. Once extracted, open the location of your choice and double-click DS4Windows, and if prompted to confirm that you want to run the program, click Run.

6. You will be asked where you want to save the program files, if you don’t care, choose Appdata, and if you want to be able to select it, choose the program folder and select a location.

7. Once you choose a location to save the files, click Step 1: Install the DS4 driver and allow the program to install its files. If you are asked if you want to install the program, click Install.

You can now use the PS4 controller on your computer with a micro-USB cable, although you may need to restart your computer first.

How to Connect PS4 Controller to PC Using Bluetooth

If your computer supports Bluetooth, you can pair and connect your console wirelessly.

1. Open your computer’s search menu (you can press Windows key + Q to open it immediately) and search for Bluetooth.

2. Select Bluetooth and other devices settings in the search results.

3. Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on the computer by setting the switch labeled Bluetooth to On.

4. Press and hold the Playstation and Share buttons on your console until the backlight starts blinking.

5. On the computer, tap Add Bluetooth or other device, and select Bluetooth.

6. You will see the PS4 controller listed as a wireless controller, tap on it to end the connection, and if prompted for a passcode, enter 0000.



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