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With a PS4 gamepad and DS4 to Xinput wrapper, the console vs PC arguments are officially over

How do you nullify the console versus PC debates? By combining the best of both worlds: a gaming PC with a PS4 gamepad.

While the PS4 may be a bit of a paperweight these days (except for the lush Destiny), it has one of the best controllers yet invented. But getting it to work as a gaming controller for the PC is a mission onto itself. Simply connecting the PS4 to a computer via USB will install the PS4 drivers, but as many of you have found out, most games won’t work with Sony’s wunder-controller. What does work on a PC though, is an Xbox 360 controller — ’cause Microsoft.

So, how do you connect a PS4 controller to the PC, so that it’s compatible with 99% of the games on the market? Easy, you follow these steps below:

1. Download the DS4 to Xinput Wrapper

These custom drivers work without having to remap the buttons of the PS4 gamepad, using a HID protocol (usually reserved for wireless devices) to Xinput mapping. Before downloading it, make sure your .NET is version 4.0, that you have the latest DirectX drivers installed, and that you have full administrator rights for the PC.

Download DS4Tool 1.2.2 here, or visit this forum thread to grab earlier versions.

2. Install ScpDriver

After unpacking the zip file to your desktop, go to the folder called Virtual Bus Driver and install ScpDriver.exe. This is the installation for the specific Bus device and driver.

3. Connect your PS4 controller via the USB

Windows will search for the latest driver online and install it. Wait for this step to complete.

4. Run ScpServer.exe

If all is successful, a window like this will pop up:

DStool

This means that Windows has detected the PS4 controller, so the fun can finally begin.

5. Let the fun begin

DS4Tool won’t start automatically with Windows, so I suggest adding a shortcut to the “Startup” folder in Windows (this can be found in the Start Menu). DS4 Xinput tool, once loaded, resides in the system tray, and clicking on it brings up these options:

DS options

I’m not going to go into detail here, because it’s all about customising the controller to meet your personal needs at this point. Most importantly, the PC now thinks that the PS4 is an Xbox 360 gamepad. This effectively turns any gaming PC into the greatest console ever created. The Xbox 360 controls are virtually overlaid on the PS4 pad, so if you know the Xbox 360 gamepad buttons from memory, you’ll feel right at home.

This process was tested on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and worked flawlessly both times. Chat to us in the comments below if you face any serious issues

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  • SniperControl

    You also forgot to mention, the DS4’s wireless capabilities with the wrapper. Make sure to BT pair it with your PC first.

  • Matt

    Officially over for tacked on keyboard/mouse support?

    What about the fact that PC has the largest game catalog out of any platform in history… or the fact that you can easily mod said games? How about no mandatory subscription fee’s to access multiplayer on AAA titles?

    “But teh sohknee’s xcloosives!?!”… Well if you like the single player storyline driven experience which really only offers a fresh experience on the first playthrough then go ahead… but the multiplayer is still the same as everything offered by multiplats and in fact most of the time it’s just a copy/paste job from a previous title.

  • jwmii2

    Why not just use the Titan One from consoletuner.com to connect your controllers to your PC? It also allows you to connect a keyboard and mouse to your console and does so much more for only $60. Turn any controller into a rapid fire modded controller, create and use macros, cheats, and all sorts of cool stuff. Well worth the price of admission.

  • demfax

    Deranged blind fanboy hate.

  • Matt

    How so? I have XB1 and a A8 laptop. It’s just the truth and if you have a counter argument then come at meh brah.

    What exactly am I a fanboy of? Obviously I don’t have a PC… I did at one point own a 8350/680 combo but I sold it back in june so I’m obviously not a loyalist to the cause… I choose XB1 because of the controller and Halo 2 (mainly Halo 2 for the memories). So tell meh y ahm eye soo deranges blind fanboyz?

  • Gerry Nieves

    i guess he didnt read the developer of ds4 tool well enough to comprehend, all this is different and way off of the details the developer explains

  • demfax

    PCs and consoles have different pros and cons depending on THE CONSUMER’s needs. It’s only deranged fanboys (you) that think their opinions are “the truth” and try to prove them as absolutes.

    You are making up deranged strawmen to attack people who like playing games on consoles. Stop spreading fanboy lies, hatred, and FUD. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them.

  • Matt

    Please get back at me when you have a point. K?

    My opinions are my own… yes, but I base them heavily on fact. If you want to attack them without even so much as a glimmer of intelligence then go on your way little lamb. There are true fanboiz out there that are dying for you to inform them of your fruitless knowledge.

  • demfax

    Another malicious, blind shill replying to facts, reality, and reasonable arguments by flinging feces and screaming.

  • Matt

    Just cowardly insults from someone with no point.

    You have given no facts.
    You have given no “reasonable arguments”.
    I doubt your reality is anywhere but in your own head.

    Go on now… I’m sure there are biased PS4 articles that need praising or XB1 hate articles that need your narrow opinions.

    “Oh the holy grail of our closed systems and handful of games at a premium”