DS4Windows is an open-source gamepad input mapper and virtual emulator designed to use and connect your PlayStation controller (DualShock 3/4 and DualSense 5) to a Windows 10 PC.
Get the best gaming experience with state of the art features, gamepad customization and less input latency on a PS3/PS4/PS5 Controller.
Due to Sony’s PlayStation controllers like the DualShock4 not supporting Windows natively (by that we mean you can try plugging it in via USB or Bluetooth and it won’t be detected, sucks right?). Well, this is where an awesome tool called DS4windows comes handy and emulates a Xbox controller and tricks the computer into thinking the DS4, is in fact, an Xbox game pad (virtual emulation occurs).
Not only is DS4win able to emulate and connect your controller to Windows, but you are also able to remap and rebind your keys/buttons to anything you want (including keyboard, mouse, joysticks, lightbar, rumble/vibration and motion sensors, also known as gyro).
DS4 is the best free game pad input mapper, virtual emulator and customizer available. Giving you the power to take control!
Features and Requirements
Choosing DS4Windows will give you the best gaming experience with less input lag and latency issues compared to other paid apps. In addition to added customization options, now you can always play with a controller and bypass game limitations!
DS4Windows works by remapping the user’s “real” gamepad into a new, virtual / “fake” / emulated gamepad or by directly mapping the real gamepad to the user’s keyboard and mouse. This allows:
- Using your gamepad in games that support (for example) only Xbox controllers
- It’s possible to emulate either a Xbox or DS4 gamepad, but keep in mind that most games do not support DS4 controllers in any way, requiring Xbox emulation
- The virtual controller is fully configurable: its buttons and sticks can be remapped to other buttons/sticks or entirely disable, their behavior tweaked , special functions configured etc.
- Using your DS4 via Bluetooth in games that only recognize DS4 controllers connected via USB (Wired v1 DS4 emulation)
- Playing games that do not support gamepads by controlling the PC’s keyboard and mouse
- Mapping the controllers motion sensors to control the mouse, sticks etc.
- And much more!
- Use the same app for mapping a DS4, DualSense, Switch Pro, and JoyCon
- Emulate an Xbox 360 controller for using a DS4 in many PC games that don’t directly support it
- Emulate a DS4 v.1 for games that only support a Sony DS4 v.1 in some situations. Allow third party DS4 support or wireless support for some games
- Play PC games that only support KB+M input by emulating KB+M actions
- Customize input and output response using many modifier options
- Use DS4 touchpad as a mouse or map to other output controls
- Play games with Gyro controls by emulating Mouse or Mouse-like RS output when emulating an Xbox 360 controller
- Control the lightbar color: Check battery level, assign slot numbers to specific colors, profile controlled lightbar color
- Automatically switch profiles when different programs are in focus
- Mode Shifts for allowing more mappings beyond the number of buttons on a device
- Automatically checks and downloads future app updates
- Windows 10 or newer
- Microsoft .NET 5.0 or higher
- Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable. x64 or x86
- ViGEmBus v.1.17.333.0 driver or later (DS4Windows will install it for you)
- Sony DualShock 4 or other supported controller
- Connection method:
- Micro USB cable
- Bluetooth 4.0 (via an adapter or built in pc). Only use of Microsoft BT stack is supported. CSR BT stack is confirmed to not work with the DS4 even though some CSR adapters work fine using Microsoft BT stack. Toshiba’s adapters currently do not work. Disabling ‘Enable output data’ in the controller profile settings might help with latency issues, but will disable lightbar and rumble support.
- Disable PlayStation Configuration Support and Xbox Configuration Support options in Steam
For the latest versions, releases and updates. View the changelog.