I have always loved playing Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It’s really cool to use their controllers for VR on Windows PC.
Even though a mouse and keyboard are the most preferred input for several games on PC, gamepads have continued to be favorite input method for quite a lot of games. Personally, I enjoy using a controller to spice my gaming experience.
Do you know that you can use PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers for VR on your Windows PC? I bet you would like to have a go at them. Let’s dive ahead to find out!
How to use Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers for VR on your Windows PC
Xbox One controller
I find Xbox One controller quite easy to use with Windows. While there is direct support for it on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can also use it.
How to Connect your Xbox One controller over Micro-USB
On Windows 10, the drivers for the Xbox One controller are pre-installed. They are also automatically updated via the Xbox Accessories application.
You can also use the Xbox One controller on Windows 7 and Windows 8 through an automatic download for both operating systems. Simply plug the controller into your PC to let the drivers be automatically installed.
There is also an option to install the drivers manually via Xbox site.
How to Connect Xbox One controller with the Xbox Wireless Adapter
Step #1. First up, you need to plug the Xbox Wireless Adapter into your Windows PC.
Step #2. Now, let the adapter to be detected. Drivers will install automatically.
In order to bind the controller, you need to press the bind button on both the adapter and controller.
Next, you need to wait till the devices detect one another.
How to connect your Xbox One controller over Bluetooth
Step #1. Make sure the latest version of Windows 10 is installed on your computer.
Step #2. Now, press the Xbox button to turn on your controller.
Then, you need to press the controller binding button at the top of your controller for three seconds.
Step #3. Next, go to Settings → Devices → Bluetooth.
Now, select Xbox Wireless Controller from the list of available devices and select Pair.
PlayStation DualShock 4 controller
Even though Sony’s PlayStation controllers lack the native support for Windows, you can connect the controller to your PC thanks to some interesting third-party solutions.
How to connect your PlayStation DualShock 4 controller over Micro-USB
Step #1. Starting off, download the DS4Windows ZIP file.
Then, you need to extract the downloaded ZIP file to find two programs – DS4Windows and DS4Updater. Open DS4Windows and go ahead with on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. When prompted to connect your controller, use a USB to Micro-USB cable.
How to Connect your PlayStation DualShock 4 controller over Bluetooth
Step #1. Turn off PlayStation controller. Then, hold down the PlayStation button and Share button at once. The controller’s light bar will start flashing to confirm it’s in pairing mode.
Step #2. Next, go to Settings → Devices → Bluetooth.
Then, click Wireless Controller in the list of available devices and select Pair.
Now, download the DS4Windows ZIP file. Then, extract the downloaded ZIP file to find two programs – DS4Windows and DS4Updater.
Step #3. Open DS4Windows.
Go ahead with the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
That’s it! Now, it’s time to make the most of your favorite games.
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