If you would like to use your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller with compatible games and applications away from your PS4™ console, you can connect via Bluetooth® in a few steps.
DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller Bluetooth compatible devices
Devices using the operating systems listed below or later support DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller Bluetooth connections. Once connected, you can use your wireless controller to control compatible games and applications via Bluetooth.
- Android™ 10
- iOS 13
- iPadOS 13
- macOS Catalina
- tvOS 13
You can connect a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to a Windows PC using a DUALSHOCK®4 USB wireless adaptor or a compatible micro USB cable.
Step 1: turn on DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller pairing mode
To use a controller on a device for the first time, turn on pairing mode:
- Make sure the light bar on the controller is off.
If the light bar is on, press and hold the PS button until it turns off. If a USB cable is connected to the controller, disconnect it.
- While pressing and holding the SHARE button, press and hold the PS Button until the light bar flashes.
Step 2: connect DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller via Bluetooth
- On your device, go to Bluetooth settings and enable Bluetooth .
- Select scan for new devices and then select the controller from the list of devices.
When pairing is complete, the light bar turns a solid color.
A controller can be paired with only one device at a time. Each time you change devices you must pair the controller with the new device.
DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller compatible games and applications
You can use your wireless controller to play games streamed from your PS5™ console or PS4™ console to your compatible device using the PS Remote Play app.
Your wireless controller can also be used to play games that support DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controllers.
If you are connecting a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to a compatible Sony Xperia device, all functions are available.
For other devices, some wireless controller features are not available when connected via Bluetooth:
Here’s how to pair your PS4 controller with your Apple device, now that Apple TVs, iPhones, iPads, and Macs natively support PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controllers.
Make sure you’re running the latest operating system
To use an PS4 controller, your Apple device needs to be running at least one of the operating systems released fall 2019 — iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina (which is version 10.15).
You can check the software version that you have installed on your iPad and iPhone by tapping Settings > About and looking for the Software Version row. On Apple TV, that information lives in Settings > System > Software Updates. On macOS, that’s in System Preferences > Software Update.
How to pair a PS4 controller with an iPhone and iPad
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- Go to Settings > Bluetooth, and make sure that Bluetooth is toggled on.
- On your PS4 controller, hold down the PlayStation button and the Share button (that’s the one to the left of the touchpad) at the same time for a few seconds until the light on the back of the controller starts blinking quickly. That puts it into paring mode.
- A few seconds later, you’ll see DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller at the bottom of the Bluetooth settings screen on your Apple device. You may need to tap on that. Or your device may just display a pop-up notification.
- Either way, tap Pair.
How to pair a PS4 controller with an Apple TV
Paring a PS4 controller to an Apple TV is more or less the same.
- Open Settings and select Remotes and Devices.
- Select Bluetooth in the menu that loads.
- On your PS4 controller, hold down the PlayStation button and the Share button (that’s the one to the left of the touchpad) at the same time for a few seconds until the light on the back of the controller starts blinking quickly. That puts it into paring mode.
- A few seconds later, you’ll see DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller at the bottom of the Bluetooth settings screen.
- Navigate down with your remote, and click on those words to pair your PS4 controller with your Apple TV.
That’s it for almost everything (macOS notwithstanding). You are now free to use your DualShock 4 controller with games that support … well, controllers. And speaking of games that support controllers, make sure to check out some of the best games from Apple Arcade at launch.
How to pair a PS4 controller with a Mac
- Open System Preferences and click on Bluetooth. Make sure that Bluetooth is on in the menu that loads.
- On your PS4 controller, hold down the PlayStation button and the Share button (that’s the one to the left of the touchpad) at the same time for a few seconds until the light on the back of the controller starts blinking quickly. That puts it into paring mode.
- A few seconds later, you’ll see “DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller” at the bottom of the Devices section of the window.
- Click on the Connect button next to “DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller” to pair your controller with your Mac.
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Mac gamers are real. If you work in one of the creative industries, there’s a good chance you have a beast of a Mac that’s more than capable of playing modern games—although not at maxed out settings. The real barrier is trying to play anything not in the Civilization series with a trackpad. To play other games, you’ll need to set up a controller. Got a DualShock 4 controller for your PlayStation? Good news: It’ll work on your Mac, too.
If you’re serious about gaming, you’re probably best off installing Windows through Boot Camp and using your PS4 controller in Windows. But if, like me, you just occasionally want to run around the rooftops of historic buildings or overthrow unspecified foreign governments, there’s no point dedicated 50 GBs of SSD space to it.
Pair Your Controller Wirelessly or Plug It In
When it comes to connecting a PS4 controller to your Mac, you have two options: use a USB Micro cable, or connect wirelessly over Bluetooth. The USB option is simple: you just plug the controller in and it will work. Bluetooth, however, takes a few extra steps.
First, turn off the controller if it’s already on. If it’s on and paired with a PlayStation 4, hold down the “PlayStation” button and then select the “Log Out of PS4” or “Enter Rest Mode” option in the menu that appears on your TV. The controller will turn off.
On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Then, grab your DualShock controller and hold down the PS and Share buttons until the light starts flashing blue.
Wait a few moments and Wireless Controller will appear in the list of Bluetooth Devices on your Mac. Click Pair and the two will connect.
How to Map Your Controller’s Buttons for Gaming
Once you’ve got the controller connected, you can configure it to work with your games.
Plenty of games available through Steam come with controller support. If you’re more interested in retro games, the emulator OpenEmu has built in controller support as well. For anything else, you’re probably going to need to set things up manually.
There are a few different options available, but I use the free and open-source Enjoyable. With it, you can assign each button or analog stick to any key press or mouse movement you want.
Download, install, and run the app. Each game you want to use the controller with needs a separate mappings profile. Press Command+N on your keyboard to create a new profile and name it after the game or emulator you want to play. Each profile saves automatically.
To switch between profiles, you can just click on the menu bar icon and select the profile you want to use.
Each button and analog stick axis has to be assigned individually. With Enjoyable open, press the button you want to configure on the PS4 controller. The app will select the right option from the list (for example, the X button on the controller is Button 2 in the menu). Press the key you want to map that button to in the right pane. Now, when you press that button, your Mac will register it as that keypress.
Repeat this process for the rest of the buttons. Note, the L2 and R2 buttons are actually registered as joysticks: L2 is Axis 5 and R2 is Axis 6. A half press on either is the Low axis while a full press is the High. This means you can assign two different key presses to the shoulder buttons if you want to. If not, make sure both axes are assigned the same key.
For the analog sticks, things can be a little confusing. The axes are:
- Axis 1 Low: Left analog stick left.
- Axis 1 High: Left analog stick right.
- Axis 2 Low: Left analog stick up.
- Axis 2 High: Left analog stick down.
- Axis 3 Low: Right analog stick left.
- Axis 3 High: Right analog stick right.
- Axis 4 Low: Right analog stick up.
- Axis 4 High: Right analog stick down.
Select the axis you want to configure and either assign them a directional button or a mouse movement.
Once you’ve assigned every button, you’re ready to start gaming.
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Both PC and Mac gamers have the ability to use a console controller such as a PS4 controller to supplement their play. Sony’s Ps4 controller, the Dualshock 4, has many fans. The unique build is very comfortable and easy to control, making it an ideal pairing with PC or Mac gaming. Connecting the controller is easy enough, but the process can be a little confusing.
On both platforms you’ll have the option of using either a wired connection via a micro-USB cable, or wireless through Bluetooth. For a wired connection on PC, you’ll simply need to plug the controller into the PC, just like if you were charging it. If you’re using Steam to play your games, that’s it – you’re ready to play. If you want to use the Dualshock 4 outside of Steam, you’ll need either download DS4Windows, or use Bluetooth.
Bluetooth pairing can be set up in two different ways on PC. You could buy Sony’s official wireless adapter, which is expensive (currently $76.90 on Amazon). There is a slightly harder but cheaper way, however. First, go to your Bluetooth settings and find “add Bluetooth or other device” and pick Bluetooth from the device list. Make sure your PS4 controller is on and put it in pairing mode by holding the PS and share buttons at the same time. The light on the top of the controller will flash when in pairing mode. After a few seconds, you should see “wireless controller” pop up on your device list. Click add, and you’re ready to play.
Using a PS4 Controller on Mac
Mac set up isn’t too different, but it’s a bit harder to connect via a micro-USB cable. If you would rather go the cable route rather than Bluetooth you’ll have to complete a few extra steps. First, connect your controller to the Mac, and make sure it’s on. Click on “About This Mac” from the Apple logo in the menu bar, then go into system report to find USB. Once you click on that, you should see the controller pop up.
A Bluetooth connection on Mac is very easy. Simply open system preferences from your Apple menu, and choose Bluetooth. Put your PS4 controller in pairing mode by holding down the PS and share buttons simultaneously until the light flashes. The controller should soon pop up in the Bluetooth window. Click on it to complete the set up. As with the PC, you can also use Sony’s proprietary USB adapter. You’re now free to enjoy all your PC or Mac gaming with your favorite PS4 controller.
With a ton of great games available on for Mac, there’s never been a better time to start gaming on your favorite Apple computer. If you’re like me though, control games with your keyboard and mouse don’t feel very natural — I prefer a good controller.
While there are a few great controllers out there, if you have a DualShock 4 from your PlayStation 4, you can pair it with your Mac no problem! Here’s how you connect a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller to your Mac.
How to unpair your DualShock 4 from your PlayStation 4
If you want to use a controller that you have already been using for your PlayStation, you’re going to need to unpair it from the console before you can use it with your Mac.
- Turn on your PlayStation 4.
- Select Settings from the menu.
- Select Devices.
- Select Bluetooth Devices.
- Select DualShock 4.
- Select Disconnect.
How to pair your DualShock 4 with your Mac
Press and hold the PS button and Share button on the DualShock 4 to put it into pairing mode. The controller will flash when it’s in pairing mode.
Click on the Bluetooth icon in the top right corner of your desktop.
Using a controller from your PlayStation or Xbox makes playing Apple Arcade games so much better. Here’s how to pair it with your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and AppleTV.
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Apple added support for both Xbox and PlayStation 4 wireless controllers to iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and tvOS 13.
Apple Arcade brings nearly 200 games that you can play on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. But tapping and dragging on a glass display isn’t always the most satisfying way to play titles like Shinsekai: Into the Depths or Sneaky Sasquatch — using a wireless controller is a million times better. Luckily, iOS 14 , iPadOS 14 and TVOS 14 added support for DualShock 4 and Xbox One S wireless controllers, which means you’ll be able to use them to play scores of games on your Apple device.
Apple made the process of connecting your controller to an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV simple and easy. PS4 and Xbox One controllers should work with most games. There’s no word whether Apple will bring support for the Nintendo Switch Pro wireless controller.
One interesting detail is that you can connect multiple wireless controllers to a single device. I was able to connect both an Xbox One S controller and a DualShock 4 with my iPhone at the same time. However, games with local multiplayer are sparse.
Connect a PS4 controller to your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV
Let’s start with the PS4 controllers.
- Make sure your controller is all charged up.
- On an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad go to Settings > Bluetooth.
- On an Apple TV go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth.
- Once there, hold the PlayStation button and Share button at the same time on your controller.
- You’ll see DualShock 4 Wireless Controller pop up in your Bluetooth list.
- Simply tap on it to connect.
- Once you’re connected, the PS4 controller will light up pink.
If you don’t see the controller appear, make sure that you’re out of range of your PlayStation .
How to pair an Xbox controller with your iPhone
Now, let’s pair an Xbox One controller. Here’s where things get, to quote Gollum from Lord Of The Rings, “Tricksy.” Not all Xbox One controllers will work with your iPhone, iPad or AppleTV. Specifically, you need a model 1708 controller, aka the one that came with the Xbox One S .
To check which model of Xbox One controller you have:
- Open the controller’s battery compartment.
- Pull out the batteries.
- On the label inside you’ll see the model number listed right below Redmond, Washington.
- If you have trouble seeing the tiny number, use your phone’s camera and flash to take a photo and zoom in after the fact.
To pair your Xbox 1708 controller:
- Open Bluetooth settings on your Apple device.
- Next, turn the controller on by pressing the Xbox logo button.
- Then press the Connect button at the top/front of the controller.
- You’ll see the Xbox logo blink quickly, indicating that it’s in pairing mode.
- Check your Apple device Bluetooth list and tap on Xbox Wireless Controller to pair and connect.
- The controller should automatically be listed under devices already paired to your device.
- Occasionally when we tried it, a window would pop up to ask me if I wanted to pair the controller. If this happens, tap Pair.
Apple’s support for PS4 and Xbox controllers is a smart move in helping you enjoy your games. And if you want that same gaming experience on your Mac, read about how to pair your Xbox or PS4 controller with a Mac .
Knowing how to connect the PS4 DualShock 4 controller with a PC is something that will come in handy. Even if you’re a mouse-and-keyboard purist, you’ll eventually come to realize the value of using a controller to play PC games. It’s more intuitive than using a keyboard and mouse, after all, and it helps minimize wrong presses.
Whether you’re new to PC gaming or you’ve never used a controller to play PC games before, you’ll find that a PlayStation 4 controller is a joy to use when playing on your gaming PC. That’s especially when it comes to games that require quick responses and fast movements. Using a controller also allows you to lean back and relax while playing as it isn’t a peripheral you’d need to anchor to your desk. And, because a PS4 controller’s design includes all the buttons that most controller-based PC titles require, it’s also easy to switch over to the controller without having to think about it while gaming.
What’s more, connecting a PS4 DualShock 4 controller to PC is a pain-free process, and you don’t need much – just the controller itself, a Windows or Mac PC, and an available USB port (or your computer’s Bluetooth or a Sony PlayStation 4 DualShock USB Wireless Adaptor dongle, if you prefer to go wireless).
Really, the only thing that might prove to be a small deterrent here is that your controller’s audio jack isn’t currently supported. That means that you’ll have to either plug your headphones directly into your PC or use a pair of wireless headphones – a slight inconvenience that shouldn’t take away from the overall experience.
Let us show you how to connect a PS4 DualShock 4 controller to PC. Once you start using one to play the latest PC games, you might not even want to go back to your traditional setup.
The PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller is a fantastic gamepad, and with some tinkering you can get it to work with your PC.
The DualShock 4 is a great controller, but it’s designed specifically for the Sony PlayStation 4. That means, at least on paper, that it’s not meant to be used with PC games. Fear not, since PCs are such powerful and flexible systems, you can get nearly any peripheral to work on them with a little effort. Here’s how to connect a DualShock 4 controller to your PC.
The Connection Itself
There are two ways to connect a DualShock 4 to your gaming rig. You can go the wired or wireless routes, but setting up those connections is a bit different than how you would do it on a PlayStation 4 console.
The Wired Method
Plug your controller into a USB port with a USB-to-micro-USB cable.
That’s it, as far as connecting the controller goes. More on getting it to work in a bit.
The Bluetooth Method
With the DualShock 4 turned off (You’ll know by the deactivated light bar), press and hold the PlayStation and Share buttons for three seconds until the light bar starts double flashing.
Access the Bluetooth menu on your PC via the system tray.
Click “Add Bluetooth or other device.”
Select the DualShock 4 controller from the list that pops up.
Getting the Gamepad to Work
Connecting the controller is only the start of the process, due to how the DualShock 4 communicates with your PC. Most current Windows games use Microsoft’s XInput, an interface that processes Xbox 360 and Xbox One controller inputs. The DualShock 4 doesn’t send XInput commands, so a wrapper is needed to translate its inputs into something your PC can deal with easier. There are two good options: DS4Windows and Steam’s controller compatibility settings.
The Comprehensive Way: DS4Windows
DS4Windows is a freeware program that tricks your PC into thinking an Xbox 360 controller is connected, instead of a DualShock 4. Follow these steps to get it to work.
Download DS4Windows and unzip it to a directory.
Open DS4Windows.exe in the directory you just unzipped.
Click “Install ViGEmBus Driver.”
Follow the steps in the driver installer. This installs a multipurpose gamepad driver to your system that DS4Windows uses to get the DualShock 4 to work.
Connect your DualShock 4 to your PC.
The controller should show up under the Controllers tab. Wait a minute to make sure all of the necessary drivers show up. Once Windows pops up a message saying it has connected a new Xbox 360 controller, you’re ready to play!
What Else Can You Do With DS4Windows?
By default, the DualShock 4 acts like an Xbox 360 controller, with the touchpad functioning as a mouse. That said, DS4Windows offers more options. To start, click the Profiles tab and double-click the Default profile (or create your own new profile). This causes an outline of the DualShock 4 to appear surrounded by various settings. Here, you can remap the physical controls, program the touchpad and motion controls to act in different ways, adjust rumble settings, and tweak the analog sticks’ dead zones and movement curves. You can even change the light bar’s color.
DS4Windows offers many more options for getting your DualShock 4 to feel good on your PC. You shouldn’t have to open these settings, because most games will behave properly after you set the software up the first time.
The (Potentially) Easier Way: Steam
If your favorite games are on Steam, they’ll work with the DualShock 4 with a quick tweak.
Go to the Settings menu in Steam (under Steam on the taskbar).
Select the Controller menu.
Click “General Controller Settings.”
Check the box marked “PlayStation Configuration Support.”
Connect the DualShock 4 to your PC.
Steam’s DualShock 4 compatibility is pretty hit-or-miss, and this technique obviously won’t work with non-Steam games. As a result, you may have better luck simply using DS4Windows.
Start With the Right Controller
For more, head over to our guide on how to choose the right controller for your PC. If you’re a multi-console gamer, check out our guides for connecting your Nintendo Switch and Xbox controllers to your PC.
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just wondering if anyone has been able to get the ps4 controller to pair with tvOS 13? Or is this something that will come in later betas?
Just as a follow up, I get it to connect, but then it disconnects right away. Then it won’t reconnect unless I unpair it and start again.
After restarting a few times, it seems to be working now, only a small lag.
Hi, what’s the procedure to pair it?
I looked into blueetooth and also controller and devices menus but it hasn’t show up.
Hold “PS” and “Share” buttons simultaniously – the remote will appear in the listed BT-devices on the ATV.
I have also not been able to connect the PS4 controller. I held down “PS” and “Share” buttons until the light started blinking. The controller doesn’t show up on the bluetooth list on tvOS 13 beta or iPadOS 13 beta.
I read that to use an XBox One controller you need to use a controller with the model number 1708. Is a certain Dualshock 4 model needed? I’m using one with the model # CUH-ZCT1U.
I’ve tried both with AppleTV 4 HD and iPad 5 and worked perfectly the first time. Step one is to make sure the controller is shut off, to disconnect from the previous device. Long press the middle small PS button for ten seconds until the light turns off. Then press share (top left oval button) and PS for about 2 seconds until the light blinks fast in white colour. Pair mode enabled. Go to the device and select it. Done. Now the problem is that I could not get the controller paired on the Apple TV and iPad and simply connect them. Let’s say I’m using on the appletv. I shutdown the controller manually. Then go to the iPad and try to connect to the remote. I can’t. As soon as I turn the controlller on, with any key, it will connect to the AppleTV. I always need to follow the 10 second shutdown, 2 second pair, repair on each of the Apple TV, iPad, or PS4. Well, that’s the process for normal Bluetooth. Maybe I’m just spoiled that the AirPods allows any device to steal the connection without the need to pair again. Any device, even my Samsung tv or Huawei Android. Just switch the audio output to the AirPods and boom, the sound gets redirected. If the controller needs to be re-paired all the time… awful. But, still, had some fun with it. The controller can navigate through all the menus, and even control many games without explicit game controller support… but I had a Nimbus controller already, so it’s not much different after pairing.
Oh, and the controller’s battery will go down much faster. (Can’t edit my own answer… forums are broken, feedback assistant is broken… Apple services? Lol)
>Can’t edit my own answer
Really? Seems odd. No ‘edit’ link when using the ‘Actions’ (Manage) menu, lower left of your comment?
If you already own a PS4, it’s well worth knowing how to use a PS4 controller on Steam too.
Back in 2018, Valve officially introduced support for the PS4’s DualShock 4 pad to Steam — and it’s actually impressively customizable.
Not only will it just plug and play with gamepad supported games (with a little bit of work), but you can make it so that the touchpad controls your mouse — quite a trip in Windows — or that camera movements are done by tilts of the gamepad.
However, learning how to use a PS4 controller on Steam isn’t quite as simple as plugging in an Xbox One pad and jumping into your game of choice — especially if you want to use it wirelessly.
But we’re here to help, so here’s our guide for how to use a PS4 controller on Steam.
1. Connect your DualShock 4 controller
If you’re happy using it wired, just connect a microUSB lead from the pad to your PC and then proceed to Step 10.
2. Check your PC has Bluetooth
If you want to use your DualShock 4 controller wirelessly with Steam, there are a few additional steps. First of all, make sure your PC has Bluetooth. If it doesn’t, Sony sells an official DualShock 4 USB adapter, though it’s pretty hard to find nowadays. Fortunately, any old dongle that supports Bluetooth 2.0 and above should suffice.
3. Press the Start button, then Settings
In Windows, press the Start button, and then press Settings.
4. Press Devices
From the next set of options, select Devices.
5. Switch on Bluetooth, then Add Bluetooth device
Ensure Bluetooth is switched on, and then press Add Bluetooth or other device.
6. Select Bluetooth
Simply choose the top option on this menu.
7. Pair PS4 controller
Now take your PS4 DualShock 4 controller and hold down the PS button (the one between the two analogue sticks) and the Share button (the one above and to the right of the D pad). When the light bar on the controller starts flashing, it’s ready to be discovered by your computer.
8. Select Wireless Controller
Back on Windows, the PS4 pad will now show up in the list of devices ready to be paired. It’ll be called the very generic “Wireless Controller”, so when that shows up, click it.
9. Look for ‘Device ready’ message
If all goes well, you’ll see this. Success!
10. Go to Steam settings
Log into Steam. Press the Steam menu in the top-left hand corner, and then press Settings.
11. Select Controller in Steam
In the submenu that appears press Controller, and then General Controller Settings.
12. Tick PlayStation Configuration Support
Tick the box that says “PlayStation Configuration Support” to set it up for the final stage of the process.
13. Customize your PS4 controller for Steam
Your PS4 pad is now ready to use in Steam, but to really supercharge it, return to the previous menu and play around with both Big Picture Configuration and Desktop Configuration. This will let you customize your controller in some really interesting ways both in game and generally when using Steam.
In addition to remapping every button and adjusting the sensitivity of the thumbsticks, you can also take advantage of the controller’s unique touchpad and gyroscope in a myriad of ways.
Want the DualShock 4’s touchpad to behave like a mouse? Go for it. How about controlling the in-game camera by simply moving the controller? You can make that happen. If you like tweaking every possible parameter when setting up your controls for games, Steam’s DualShock 4 features could keep you busy for hours.
If you game on your Mac, you’re probably itching for a decent controller. You could open up your wallet and shell out your hard-earned dollars for a dedicated Mac game pad, but you may have an excellent controller for your Mac already in your possession.
If you have a Sony Playstation 4, you can use the DualShock 4 controller with your Mac. This is especially useful since Steam now offers full DualShock 4 support across Mac and PC. This means you won’t have to mess with any additional settings when playing a controller-supported Steam game. Sound good? Let’s see how it all works!
Connect Your Dualshock 4 Controller to Your Mac Wirelessly
Once upon a time, Sony manufactured and sold an official PC adapter for the DualShock 4 controller. You can still get your hands on one today; however, it is discontinued and (at the time of this writing) runs more than the controller itself. Fortunately, there is a way to connect your DualShock 4 controller to your Mac using nothing more than its built-in Bluetooth. This is a great option because it doesn’t require any additional hardware and you won’t have to contend with a tangle of cables.
To get started, open up System Preferences on your Mac. You can do this by either clicking the Apple icon and clicking System Preferences in the drop-down menu or typing “System Preferences” in Spotlight. Once the System Preferences window has appeared, locate the option labelled “Bluetooth” and click on it. Ensure that your Mac’s Bluetooth is on before moving on to the next step.
At this point grab your DualShock 4 controller and put it in to Discovery Mode so that your Mac can see it. To do this, press and hold the PS button and the Share button simultaneously. The light at the front of the controller should flash on and off if you are successful.
On your Mac, check the devices panel in the Bluetooth settings. This is where the DualShock 4 controller will appear once your Mac has “found” it. The DualShock 4 will show up as “Wireless Controller.” Click on it to pair it. The DualShock 4’s light will stop blinking and stay a solid color once it has successfully paired to your Mac.
Connect Your DualShock 4 Controller to Your Mac Using a Micro-USB Cable
If you don’t want to stuff around with Bluetooth, or if your Mac’s Bluetooth isn’t working, you can connect your DualShock 4 to your Mac using a Micro-USB cable. Using a Micro-USB cable may not be ideal; however, it is a surefire, hassle-free way to use your DualShock 4 controller with your Mac.
To get started, plug in your DualShock 4 controller to your Mac via a micro-USB cable. Then, press the PS button on your DualShock 4 controller to turn it on. You should see the light on the front of the controller turn on, indicating that it is ready to be used. That’s it, your DualShock 4 is ready to go!
To make sure that your Mac recognizes your DualShock 4 controller, click the Apple icon in the top-left of your screen. From there, click on “About this Mac -> System Report.” This will open up a new window. In the column on the left, select “USB.” You should be presented with the USB Device Tree.
In this list you should see an option labeled “USB Bus.” How many you see will depend on how many USB ports your Mac has. You can expand the information by clicking the little arrow next to “USB Bus.” Doing so will show you the device connected to that particular USB port (e.g. a keyboard). Upon connecting your DualShock 4, one of your USB ports should read “Wireless Controller”. If so, your DualShock 4 is recognized and should work with your Mac.
Do you use your DualShock 4 controller with your Mac? If not, which controller would you recommend for gaming on a Mac? Let us know in the comments!
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The DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller defines the new generation of play, combining revolutionary features with an intuitive design and precise controls. The new model features a stylish matt finish, shows your light bar from above and allows you to communicate data with your PS4™ via USB cable.
Interact with games in all the ways you’re used to, plus some you never expected. More precise analog sticks, inbuilt motion sensors, an integrated speaker and touch controls are just some of the reasons why the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller puts intuitive, inspired play in your hands.
Capture and show off your finest moments with just the push of a button. Upload gameplay videos and screenshots directly from your PS4 system or livestream your gameplay, all without disturbing your in-progress game.
Get even more precise control with the built-in touch pad that now shows the unique light bar, adding an extra dimension to your games.
Refined analog sticks and triggers
Get the edge with a much tighter sense of control over in-game actions.
See even more of your games with the integrated light bar that glows with various colours depending on in-game action – now visible on the touch pad.
Bring your games to life and hear every detail with sound effects coming directly from your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.
Stereo headset jack
Listen to your games in private and hear every boom, bang and blast with an integrated 3.5mm audio jack for your headphones.
Rock and roll as a highly sensitive built-in accelerometer and gyroscope detect the motion, tilt and rotation of your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.
Charge your controller from any USB port and communicate data via the USB cable.
Although the PS4 has developed quite a reliable reputation, you can expect issues to arise as your console continues to age into “last-gen” status. In fact, new problems are being discovered every day.
Fun new issues aside, we can’t overstate the convenience of having wireless PlayStation 4 controllers — but you must sync them to your system to use them. For PS4 or PS4 Pro owners, syncing your PS4 DualShock controllers shouldn’t be an issue, but we’re here to clear up any confusion. We’ll run down all the common PS4 controller issues, so you can direct your focus on choosing what games to play.
What You Need
USB to Micro-B cable
We can’t overstate the convenience of having wireless PlayStation 4 controllers, but you must sync them to your system to use them. For PS4 or PS4 Pro owners, syncing your controllers shouldn’t be an issue, but we’re here to clear up any confusion.
Should you want to ditch your console, we’ve also put together a guide for connecting your PS4 controller to your PC.
How to sync a PS4 controller
Syncing a PlayStation 4 DualShock controller to a PS4 is extremely easy, but it does require one piece of hardware: A USB to Micro-B cable. There’s no wireless workaround for pairing controllers via Bluetooth, so to sync new controllers with your PS4, you’ll need a cable (though you can connect a PS4 or Xbox controller to your smartphone or tablet). Your DualShock 4 controller comes with one cable, but any USB 2.0 to Micro-B cable will work.
Step 1: Plug the USB cable into the controller, then into the USB port in the PlayStation 4.
Step 2: When you turn on your PS4, your controller should automatically connect with your PlayStation, thanks to the USB cable. You’ll need to push the PlayStation button in the center of the controller to activate the controller. When you do that, the PS4 should take you to the login screen to choose a player account to go with that controller.
You’ll be able to tell the controller is working because the LED light bar on the top of the controller will turn blue (or another color, if it isn’t the first controller connected — red for player 2, green for player 3, and pink for player 4). That cable will also recharge your controller, with the light turning yellow when the controller is charging but not turned on.
Troubleshooting: Re-pairing your controller
Step 1: When you’re having trouble with a controller not working wirelessly with your PS4, the usual issue with pairing is that the controller’s battery is undercharged. If it sounds like the “unplug it and then plug it back in” solution to the problem, it is.
Make sure the controller is charging when you plug it in — when it’s not in use, you’ll see the light bar on the top turn yellow. If it’s not charging, you might have another issue, like a damaged controller port or a bad cable.
Step 2: If your pairing issues aren’t related to power or your cable, you might need to reset your PlayStation controller, and reset your PlayStation 4 to pair it again. If you’ve got a controller that still works, you can do that in the PS4’s Settings menu. It’s on the home screen on the far-right side, represented by a Suitcase icon.
Step 3: Navigate down to the Devices menu, and then choose Bluetooth Devices. In the Bluetooth settings, you’ll see all your controllers there, as well as any other Bluetooth devices that are compatible with your PlayStation, such as PS4 headsets and the greatly-improved PDP PS4 Bluetooth Remote. Choose the one you’re trying to reset (it can be difficult to tell, and you might need to turn on all your controllers if you have more than one), select it, and hit the X button.
Now hit the Options button on your controller to bring up a contextual menu, and select Forget Device. Doing so will cause your controller to unpair with your PlayStation 4.
Once that’s done, you should be able to plug the controller in with your USB adapter to pair it to the console again, as mentioned toward the start of this guide.
How to hard reset your controller
If re-pairing the controller doesn’t work, the issue might be with the controller itself and not the PS4. In that case, you’ll need to reset the controller. You’ll need an unfolded paper clip (or something similarly thin and sturdy) with which to push a hidden button on your PS4 controller to reset it.
Step 1: Turn off your PS4 and unplug both it and your internet router or modem so that your controller won’t receive any network signals when you reset it.
Step 2: When that’s done, flip the controller over and look for a small hole on the right side. Push the paperclip in the hole and push the button inside for three to five seconds. It’s best to hold it down for a count of 10 to be sure.
Alternative: How to go USB-only
It’s also possible to skip over the Bluetooth wireless connection and play with your DualShock 4 as a wired controller, with a USB-enabled connection. That’s obviously not ideal when you could potentially play wirelessly, but it’s a potential workaround when connectivity and signal issues persist. You can set a controller to only communicate with the PS4 via USB when it’s plugged in by changing the controller settings in the Devices menu, as noted above. Under Devices, navigate to Controllers, and then set any controllers to only communicate via USB when they’re plugged in. That way, signal issues or Bluetooth problems shouldn’t affect the controller, so long as you’ve got a wired connection.
Thinking about upgrading to the new PS5? Take a look at our guide to see how the PS4 and PS5 compare.
This article explains how to reset a PS4 controller. Instructions apply to the official DualShock 4 controller.
How to Reset Your PS4 Controller
A “soft reset” generally refers to turning a computer or device off and then on again, which flushes out memory and can correct many issues. In doing a PS4 controller soft reset, we’ll also reset the connection between the controller and the console. However, you can only do this if you have a second PS4 controller. If you don’t have an extra controller, skip ahead to the directions on performing a hard reset.
Log in with your second (working) controller and navigate to the Settings in the PS4’s top menu. This is the option that looks like a suitcase.
Choose Devices from the drop-down menu.
Select Bluetooth Devices.
You should see your PS4 controller listed. Because you are using the working controller to navigate the menu, select the inactive one.
The PS4 controller with a green dot is the active controller and the PS4 controller without the green dot is the inactive one.
Press the Options button on your controller, found to the right of the touchpad. This will bring up a new menu.
Select Forget Device.
Now that we’ve forgotten the malfunctioning DualShock 4 controller, we want to power down the PS4. You can do this by holding down the PS4 button on your controller, navigating to Power in the menu and choosing Turn off PS4.
Connect your misbehaving DualShock 4 controller to the PS4 using a USB cable.
Turn on the PS4 and wait for it to boot up.
Press the PlayStation button on the controller and login to the PS4. The PlayStation 4 controller should now be paired and you can test to see if it’s still misbehaving.
How to Hard Reset a PS4 Controller
A hard reset is when a device is reverted back to its factory default settings, which is basically how it came out of the box. Thankfully, this is easy to do with the DualShock 4 controller, but we’ll need a paper clip or something similar to reset your PS4 controller.
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Power down the PS4.
Turn over the DualShock 4 controller and locate the small hole near the left shoulder button.
Unfold one end of the paper clip and insert it to push the button buried inside the hole.
Hold down this button for about 5 seconds.
Connect the controller to the PS4 using a USB cable.
Turn on the PS4 and wait for it to boot up.
Press the PlayStation button on the controller to log into the PS4. The light bar should turn blue indicating the DualShock 4 has paired with the console.
These instructions may not work for a modded PS4 controller. If you have trouble following the directions, consult the manufacturer of your controller.
Still Having Problems With Your PS4 Controller?
If you are still having problems with your controller, try restarting your router or modem. Remember, you’ll lose Internet access, so warn anyone in the house before doing this step.
If you were unable to sync your PS4 controller, run through the steps for doing a hard reset with the router or modem turned off. If you paired your device but it is still erratic, try using it with the router and modem off. If it works, you need to change the Wi-Fi channel on your router.
If you game on the go but want more control over the experience than you can get with your phone’s touchscreen, you’re in luck. iOS 13 (or later) lets you connect a Playstation controller to your iPhone via Bluetooth pairing.
While you can also do this with an iPad and some Xbox controllers, we’re focusing on how to pair your PS4 DualShock controller with your iPhone.
Here’s how to connect
Go to the Settings menu on your iPhone.
Tap “Bluetooth” to get into the Bluetooth menu. It might already be on, but if it isn’t, turn it on now by clicking the toggle switch at the top of the screen. It’ll be green when Bluetooth is turned on.
Keep the Bluetooth menu open so you can see when the controller shows up and pair it.
On your PS4 controller, press the Playstation and Share buttons at the same time. Hold them down until the light on your controller starts to flash.
You should see “DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller” pop up in the Bluetooth menu on your iPhone under other devices. Click that to pair your controller.
Your controller is paired when the light on the back stops blinking and turns a reddish pink color.
If you want to pair your PS4 controller with an iPad instead, follow the same steps.
How to disconnect
To disconnect your controller after you’re done playing, follow these steps:
If your phone has face ID enabled, you can get to the Control Center by swiping diagonally across your screen from the upper right to lower left. On a touch ID phone, swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
Press and hold the Bluetooth icon.
A menu will come up. Find the icon that says “Bluetooth: On,” then press and hold it.
Your available devices will come up, including your DualShock controller. Press the controller name to disconnect.
You can also navigate into the Bluetooth menu from Settings, the same way you did when you paired the controller in the first place. Once there:
Find “DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller” under My Devices and click the small ‘i’ icon next to it.
If you’re still having problems connecting your controller, Apple recommends trying the following:
Unpair, then pair again. If that still doesn’t work, get more info on connecting Bluetooth accessories to your iPhone here.
If your DualShock 4 controller connects, but you still see a “connection unsuccessful” message, try pressing the Playstation (PS) button and waiting for it to connect.
Make sure you don’t have a bunch of other devices already connected, as there are limits to how many devices you can have paired at once.
Although Bluetooth controller support seems like a relatively easy feature to implement, it took Apple a while to support external controllers like the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller. Luckily, connecting a PS4 controller to an Apple device is a straightforward process that only takes a few minutes.
It’s rare to find a mobile game with poor touchscreen controls these days, but it’s also difficult to beat the level of comfort a controller brings to the table. Connecting a PS4 controller to your Apple devices also allows you more freedom of movement while you get lost in your game of choice.
Here’s how you can connect your PS4 controller to your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
- Navigate to the Settings on your Apple device and look for the Bluetooth setting.
- Turn Bluetooth on and scroll down to see the list of available devices.
- Get the PS4 controller you’re looking to sync with your Apple device.
- Press and hold the Share and the PS button on your controller at the same time.
- Doing so will turn on your controller in sync mode, and it’ll start sending out a Bluetooth signal to nearby devices. The light on the back of your controller will begin flashing when sync mode is active.
- Scan for new nearby devices if your PS4 controller hasn’t shown up on the list yet.
- You may also get a pop-up asking whether you’re sure you want to connect to the device.
If your controller’s backlight stops flickering, your PS4 controller is connected to your Apple device. You’ll be able to play all the titles with MFi controller support alongside Sony’s PS4 Remote Play app, which lets you stream your console to supported devices.
When you’d like to use your controller with your console again, you’ll need to activate sync mode by pressing and holding the Share and PS buttons. Make sure that your Apple device’s Bluetooth is turned off at this point to avoid connection issues. Following this process, your PS4 controller should pair to your console.
If your console isn’t pairing with your controller, you can manually sync the two by plugging your controller into the console with a Micro USB.
By Rob LeFebvre • 2:00 pm, March 27, 2015
Now just might be the best time ever to be a Mac gamer, as a ton of big titles for PC and console are also available for Apple computers via the Mac App Store, Steam or GoG.com. It’s a golden era of cross-platform goodness, and it’s easier than ever to find a game you’ll love on the Mac.
Some of today’s hot titles demand a good controller, though. One of the best is Sony’s DualShock 4 controller (the same one that comes with the PlayStation 4). If you’ve got one, you’ve got easy access to a fantastic, ergonomic and just plain great gaming controller that will work with your Mac, requiring very little setup to make it happen.
Here’s our recipe for great wireless Mac gaming.
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- MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or Mac Pro
- DualShock 4 controller
- System preferences: Bluetooth
First of all, you need to make sure Bluetooth is on. You can toggle it on or off in the Bluetooth menu in your menubar at the top of the screen on your Mac. If it’s already on, you’ll see all your currently connected Bluetooth devices and an option to Open Bluetooth Preferences.
Open those preferences, and you’ll see all the currently connected devices, as well as ones you’ve connected to in the past.
Now, put your DualShock 4 controller into pairing mode by pressing the PS button (the one on the front face of the controller that also powers it up) and the Share button (upper left corner of the front of the controller) at the same time until you see the light on the rear of the DualShock 4 begin to blink rapidly. That means it’s in pairing mode.
Pairing up is super easy. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
Soon you’ll see “Wireless Controller” show up on your Mac’s screen in the Bluetooth preferences window. Click the Pair button to the right, and the DualShock 4’s light will stop blinking but stay lit. That’s how you know it’s connected.
All you need to do then is launch your favorite game that has external controller support and you’re good to go. I tested it on a Steam version of Borderlands 2 and Steam’s Big Picture mode, and it worked like a charm.
If you’re not into wireless gaming, you can simply connect a micro-USB cable from the DualShock 4 controller to your Mac and use it the same way.
The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller can be paired with an Apple TV rather easily. This is a great option for Apple TV and PS4 owners, and if you have been playing games on Apple TV or playing through Apple Arcade and have wished to use a traditional video game controller to game with, this may be one option to achieve that.
You will need a Playstation 4 DualShock 4 wireless controller, and a newer Apple TV running tvOS 13 or later to be able to connect the PS4 controller to the Apple TV.
Essentially you’re pairing the PS4 DualShock 4 controller to the Apple TV like any other Bluetooth device pairing procedure. Here are the exact steps:
How to Use Playstation 4 Controller with Apple TV
- Turn on Apple TV if you have not done so already
- Place the DualShock 4 PS4 controller into pairing mode by holding down the PS logo and Share buttons simultaneously, keep holding until the light bar flickers
- On the Apple TV, go to the “Settings” app, then go to “Remotes and Devices” and to “Bluetooth”
- Choose the Playstation DualShock 4 Controller to pair Apple TV with
Once the PS4 controller has been paired with Apple TV, it’s ready to go and play with games on the device.
Most of the buttons and features of the Playstation DualShock 4 wireless controller work on Apple TV, but some features like vibrating/rumble, motion sensing, and the headphone jack may not work at all (currently at least, this may change down the road).
Note that if you pair a Playstation DualShock 4 controller to Apple TV, it will stay paired with Apple TV and not the accompanying PS4 until it has been reset or re-paired again to work with the PS4 again. That’s the same with pairing any other Bluetooth accessory so that is not unique to Apple TV.
If you’re already familiar with using a PS4 controller on iPhone or iPad, or connecting a Playstation 4 controller to Mac, then the process should be familiar to you, as aside from being a completely different interface on tvOS, the pairing process of a wireless controller to the hardware is similar.
Of course you can pair other wireless remotes to Apple TV as well, including many third party game controllers, the Xbox One S wireless controller, and more.
This obviously applies to the Playstation 4 DualShock controller, but for some reason the Playstation 3 controller does not appear to work with Apple TV (or iOS for that matter), though you can pair PS3 controllers to a Mac for gaming on a computer. If you know of any hints or methods to pair other controllers to Apple TV, share them with us in the comments below.
Did you pair a PS4 controller to Apple TV for gaming? What do you think of the experience? Let us know in the comments below.
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Apple launched iOS 13, tvOS 13, macOS Catalina, a few months back which brought a handful of additions to the table, which includes support for Microsoft’s Xbox Controllers and Sony’s DualShock 4 controllers. Since the company’s Apple Arcade gaming platform debuted with iOS 13, it makes perfect sense for the wireless controller support. Now, Apple has added Sony’s DualShock 4 controller to Apple.com. Let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.
DualShock 4 is Now Bring Sold on Apple’s Online Store
Last month, Apple started selling Microsoft’s Xbox controller but there was no sign of the DualShock 4 controller. If you’re looking to get one for your iPhone, Apple TV or Mac, you can get it through Apple’s online store. The controller is available at $59.95, which is the same price as that of the Xbox controller.
Raise your game with the iconic DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller from Sony PlayStation®. It lets you play your favorite controller-supported games on your compatible iPad, iPhone, Mac, and Apple TV*. Designed for complete comfort and precision, the wireless controller works with hundreds of games that feature controller support on Apple devices, including those on Apple Arcade.
Other than this, the company has also added support for the PlayStation 4’s gamepad with iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina and tvOS 13. You can simply pair the DualShock 4 controller with Apple’s devices over Bluetooth and then be used to play games that feature controller support.
If you’re looking to get the DualShock 4 controller for yourself, simply head over to Apple’s website and get it. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details on the matter.
That’s all there is to it, folks. What are your thoughts on Apple selling the DualShock 4 controller? Are you subscribed to Apple Arcade? Share your views with us in the comments.
Having spent a lot of time getting this working, I thought I’d share everything I learnt. Lots of this comes from different sources on the web, but I figured a couple of things out for myself.
I’m using two genuine Sony Dualshock 4 Controllers. I previously had a bad experience with a cheap knock off Dualshock 3 – as far as I can tell, knock offs won’t work with a Mac.
The computer is a late 2012 iMac, running macos Mojave. I keep it up to date – as of this writing it is version 10.14.2. I didn’t try any of this with Yosemite, but I have upgraded El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave since starting out and had no problems, nor had to follow this process again.
There are four light modes I have seen on the DS4 when used with a Mac, that indicate what is going on with the controller:
Yellow steady – you’ll see this when your controller is connected via USB and charging – when the battery is full (or your Mac goes to sleep) the light goes out.
White steady – controller is on and paired to the Mac
White flashing – controller is on, but not paired
White strobe – controller is on, and ready for pairing
To get to the pairing mode, either when the controller is new, or been paired with something else, hold down the PS and Share buttons until you get the strobe like flash – note that this can mean holding the buttons down for a while. While holding the buttons down, the light may go off altogether – keep holding and you’ll get to the strobe flash soon!
There is a hole in the back of the controller near the L2 button. Poke a straightened paperclip in here to press the reset button. You might need to do this if the controller won’t pair after being paired with a Playstation.
My kids took the controllers to their friends house and paired with a PS4. When they brought them back, they no longer paired to the Mac. Deleting /Library/Preferences/com.apple.Bluetooth.plist then rebooting allowed me to pair them again. I think there is a key generated during pairing that is no longer valid for each controller, and deleting the plist file removes the key. A new plist file is generated on reboot. Since updating to Mojave the kids used with a PS4 and I didn’t need to delete the pslist file – just removed the controller that wasn’t working from the Bluetooth preferences window, then went through the pairing steps again.
You can pair more than one controller to your Mac. They will both show up in Bluetooth Preference as Wireless Controller. Games such as Feral’s Lego ports will work with two controller simultaneously.
Hold down the Playstation button until the light goes out
In the Bluetooth preferences a battery icon appears. Until Macos Sierra, this was always empty, whatever the charge status of the controller. With MacOS Sierra I now see the indicator full – this may indicate it works, or may just not be working in a different way 🙂
You can’t rename the devices from Wireless controller in the Bluetooth preferences window (despite there being a rename option – it doesn’t work). However, it is possible to rename the controllers otherwise. I’m not sure this is really worthwhile – a way to rename the buttons that was reflected in games currently saying “press button 3” would be more useful!
Update Since MacOS Mojave rename in the Bluetooth preferences window now works, so the following steps are unnecessary unless you have another reason to edit the plist file.
Since MacOS Sierra the plist files are converted to binary. In order to edit them, you need to convert them first to text, then convert them back.
Make sure only one controller is connected by turning the other off
Identify the MAC address for the connected controller (right click it in Bluetooth Preferences to view MAC address) – this doesn’t seem to work with Macos Sierra! Now you need to hold down alt, click on the Bluetooth menu bar, which then allows you to view the MAC for connected devices.
Open /Library/Preferences/com.apple.Bluetooth.plist in a text editor
Search for the MAC address till you find it between
tags e.g. ` 40-1b-5f-0d-f7-63‘
Locate the end of the following dict block – i.e. find the next tag.
Immediately before the next <\dict> tag add a code block like this:
Silver Dualshock 4 Controller
Repeat for the other controllers you want to rename
Save the .plist file.
Close and Open the Bluetooth preferences window – you should see your controllers renamed with the strings you chose. You can now right click them and get a Rename option.
The buttons aren’t very well labelled in the Mac – there is a great image showing how each button is named at Joystick Mappers website. Print it and keep it handy when a game says “press button 3” and you can’t remember that this maps to the triangle button on the controller.
A great bit of software enabling you to assign keystrokes, mouse movements and button presses to different controls. This makes it possible to play Minecraft on the Mac with a Dualshock 4.
Here’s the ones I have found work so far:
Lego Star Wars Complete Saga (bought from Mac store)
Lego Marvel Superheroes (bought via Steam) – I had to contact Feral for a file that allowed the controllers to work properly – read here for details of this.
Halflife 2 – enable gamepad in Mouse options – although I found the controller to be a bit inaccurate for aiming and shooting and fell back to using touchpad and keyboard.
Portal – enable gamepad in Mouse options – works great – doesn’t seem to require the level of accuracy that Halflife does (at least so far in the game)
Bioshock – required .plist file supplied by Feral support on request
XCom – Enemy Unknown – from Steam – working without extra files/config
Joystick Mapper website – Joystick Mapper and Joystick Show are really handy and worth buying IMHO
Controller Mate website – hardcore mapping and combos for going that extra mile, and doing other stuff with any kind of controller.
Feral Interactive page with .plist files for two different models of DS4 and instructions on how to use them with all recent Feral Interactive ports of games!
Edited to update macos versions this works for and link to post on Feral support file
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably experienced an issue from which many PS4 owners have suffered: one moment your DualShock 4 controller is working fine, the next moment it appears completely dead. No lights will turn on, USB charging doesn’t work, resetting the controller doesn’t work. It seems that it has completely died, and no matter how many troubleshooting guides you follow, nothing fixes it. Fortunately, there’s a solution.
I’m aware of this issue because it has affected me. three times. The first time was less than three months after I bought the console — the controller that came with it completely died, and after a day of troubleshooting failed to fix it, I bought a new controller (since I needed two). Then three months later, that second controller spontaneously died.
Finally, a couple months after that — you guessed it — the third controller worked, then I pushed the PS button to turn it on and it didn’t work. Nothing happened. It appeared entirely dead. I tried using the reset button, tried different variations of resetting, plugging in, and turning on the PlayStation. But nothing worked. I had three expensive, seemingly dead controllers.
Here’s the thing, though: while attempting to connect to a pair of Bluetooth headphones, I noticed that a “PlayStation Controller” was listed in the BT drop-down menu on my Mac. That meant that while the controller appeared dead, there was some charge left and it was still broadcasting for a connection.
That led to hours of retrying every troubleshooting guide I could find. I contacted Sony and they eventually said to just send the controllers in for replacement. But one last-ditch effort — the last one I would try — actually worked.
If your controller suddenly and inexplicably seems 100% dead, no lights, no connection, then you likely have a USB issue. For reasons that aren’t clear, these DS4 controllers appear to lose their ability to charge via USB after some length of time and won’t even acknowledge when a cable is plugged in.
To get around this, you need to buy a PS4 controller charging station, the kind that charges through the ports on the bottom of the controller rather than through USB. These cost $15 – $25 depending on whether you get the official one or a third-party station.
I put the ‘dead’ controllers on the charging station, and they immediately lit up and began charging like normal. All three ‘dead’ controllers were resurrected and are now totally functional. as long as the charging station is used.
But what if that doesn’t work? There is a second issue which is more ordinary in nature: if you still see lights but the controller doesn’t do anything, you’ve lost connection with the PS4 and need to pair the controller. The easiest way to do this is by pressing the reset button on the bottom near the L2 button.
Alternatively, you can power off the PlayStation 4, then press the controller reset button. After that, plug in the USB cable (the controller to the console), then turn the PS4 on. When the blue light starts flashing on the console, press the PS button on the controller. It should pair with the console and go back to working like usual.
If neither of those methods work for you, try this one:
1. Press and hold the PS and Share buttons simultaneously.
2. Wait until the light on the controller starts flashing.
3. Release the buttons. This essentially does the same thing as pressing the reset button, but is easier.
4. Plug the controller into the PS4 using a USB cable if it doesn’t automatically show up on the PS4.
If this doesn’t work, try a different cable — it is possible you’re using one that can’t support the kind of connection you need to make with the PS4, which causes the issue. Be sure to try the other USB port on the console in the off chance one of them is damaged.
Is the controller still not working? Answer these question: How old is the controller? and Is it under warranty?
If the controller is old, you may have a battery that can no longer properly hold a charge and is causing issues because of that. If the controller isn’t covered by a warranty, your best option is to open it up, manually remove the battery, and replace it with a new battery. You can find a bunch of them on Amazon and eBay. Anyone with basic DIY skills should be able to do this.
Alternatively? If you have a warranty and everything above has failed, you should return the controller for a new one, as it is probably fairly new and has some sort of defect.
Apple did us all a favor when they created the MFi, the made-for-iOS standard for game controllers. It meant that game developers and gamepad makers could all work around the same standard. That’s completely unlike the situation with Android, where some games will only work with certain controllers and not others.
Unfortunately, Apple should really have added official support for Xbox and Playstation controllers years ago. There was no technical reason to exclude them, so we have to assume it was a legal issue or thanks to certain business decisions. Now the MFi standard has been extended to these two incredibly popular premium controllers. If you are a gamepad gamer on iOS, there are plenty of reasons to ditch those MFi controllers and whip out that tried-and-trusted gaming weapon.
First of all, the build quality of MFi controllers averages far below the big boys. The market just never grew to a size where companies could justify spending development time on these controllers. Most of the ones I have tried myself feel plasticky and imprecise compared to the two big dogs. In a world where MFi controllers were your ONLY choice when it came to gamepads on iOS, anything is better than touchscreen controls.
It also makes sense to use a controller that’s widely compatible. Either of these controllers will work with a computer, their respective consoles, and Android devices. MFi devices ONLY work with iOS, and are often pretty expensive.
The support for mainstream controllers also means that people who didn’t want to buy a specialized MFi controller can now simply use the gamepad they already have.
Given the choice between the Xbox and Playstation controllers and the typical MFi device, most people are going to be happier with the brand name devices. I will make the case for MFi controllers a little later in this article, but for now the takeaway is: from a purely gaming performance and experience, the mainstream console controllers are the superior choice.
So let’s look at the actual controllers themselves and decide which one might be the right choice for you.
The Xbox One S Controller
The latest controller for the Xbox is a big step up from the Xbox 360 controller and the first-generation Xbox One controller. First of all, this is now a proper Bluetooth device, so you can use it with Windows without a dongle. Incidentally, the dongle version won’t work with iOS, so don’t buy that one if you somehow still have the opportunity.
The controller itself uses hard, smooth plastic for its shell, so getting a silicone grip is almost a must. The analog sticks are asymmetrical, which I don’t like but plenty of people swear by.
The analog sticks on this controller feel good, but the caps aren’t very grippy, which means aftermarket stick caps are recommended. I would say, however, that the triggers on the Xbox One controller are clearly superior. They are precise with more travel, so for games like Grid Autosport, they absolutely make for a better experience.