For a long time Microsoft’s 360 Controller has been the de facto industry standard. Even the most vehement Sony supporters had to admit that its asymmetrical sticks and ergonomic shape set a high water mark for controllers. Now, however, Sony has made huge inroads with the Dual Shock 4, creating (arguably) the best game-pad of the generation.
And now, if you happen to have one, DS4Windows is here to let you use it with your PC games.
DS4Windows works as a translator for the Dual Shock 4, automatically mapping its various buttons to their equivalents on the Microsoft device.
The program is simplicity itself, and it works perfectly. All you have to do is download DS4Windows, install, and run it. Assuming you already have the 360 Controller drivers installed you are pretty much set, but if not then the installation process will guide you to the necessary spot to grab them.
After that, all that is left is to decide if you want to play through a wired micro-USB connection or via Bluetooth - both of which are incredibly simple thanks to the clear user interface (UI) and instructions.
DS4Windows automatically makes the Dual Shock 4 function work just like a 360 Controller. If you want a little more from it, however, then there are plenty of binding options to tweak.
These additional functions allow you to make use of the controller's tilt inputs, touch-pad, and even its light (though really this last one is kind of superfluous). Like all of the inputs on the pad, touch and tilt can be mapped to almost anything on the keyboard or mouse. This includes - quite wonderfully - the ability to map the touchpad to mouse movement. While this is fiddly at first, a little patience and practice will soon find you able to navigate Steam away from your keyboard and mouse.
Also, for those of you with specific control requirements in particular games, creating multiple profiles to switch between is simple thanks to the visually focused UI.
If you already have a 360 controller, and don't yet have a Dual Shock 4, then it is hard to recommend investing in the controller itself. On the other hand, if you already have one and (like me) it has become your controller of choice, then DS4Windows provides a simple, versatile, and user friendly tool to get it up and running on your PC.
It may not be perfect on every system set up yet (currently the preview of Windows 10 is not supported) but, with updates appearing regularly, this is the Dual Shock 4 tool of choice.