How to install DS4Windows

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In summary, DS4 Windows makes it possible for you to use your PlayStation and Nintendo controllers on a Windows 10/11 PC by emulating a virtual Xbox/DS4 controller. With it, comes added features where you can remap or rebind the keys to your liking (buttons, joysticks, keyboard + mouse etc) and making it possible to play many more games with your controller. No need to buy a supported controller or forcefully play only with keyboard and mouse.


Important Steps to use DS4 correctly
Downloading, running and getting your gamepads detected by DS4Windows Installation and Setup guide. Correctly connecting gamepads to the PC “Hiding” the real gamepads being used so only DS4Windows’ virtual controllers remain visible to games in order to prevent the infamous Double Controller or Double Input Issue. This is THE major recommendation to be followed in order to prevent problems in games. Check the Preventing the double controller / double input issue in games guide for more info about the issue and instructions on how to proceed.

Important Notes
About the default profile Xbox 360 emulation is the default mode: your gamepad will be recognized as if it were an Xbox 360 controller by the system and games DS4/DualSense’s touchpad is set for mouse control. To quickly turn off or on this feature you can hold the PS button then touch the Touchpad once
About DS4 Controller emulation. Although it’s possible to change from Xbox to DS4 emulation, keep in mind that most games support only Xbox gamepads! If the game itself doesn’t have native support for DS4 controllers then your gamepad won’t be detected if you switch to DS4 emulation.

To switch to DS4 emulation you can create a new profile using a Gamepad -> DualShock 4 preset or edit an existing profile and then change the Virtual controller settings in the profile editor’s Other tab Rumble is currently disabled when emulating a DS4 controller.
Do not confuse things: using a real DS4 while doing Xbox emulation will have rumble working as normal. Using any real controller + DS4 emulation will have rumble disabled About the output slots tab (Latest DS4 version). It’s better that nothing is changed on this tab unless you really know what you are doing. The default configurations (everything set to dynamic) is the better choice for most users.

Download, Install & Setup DS4Windows
Windows 10 or 11. Windows versions from 8.1 and below are NOT supported anymore and support will not be given to users running older builds. One or more supported controllers (check the list) PS4 Controller (Optional) Bluetooth dongle for connecting wirelessly Microsoft .NET 6.0.6 FOR DESKTOP APPS

  • Downloading and starting DS4Windows
  • Download the latest DS4Windows x64 package
  • The .7zip package is smaller but requires the 7zip software in order to open/extract it
  • Extract the package in an easily accessible folder (e.g.: Desktop, Documents, Download etc)
  • DO NOT extract it inside a folder that requires elevated privileges (e.g.: Program Files, Windows)
  • Execute the DS4Windows.exe file to run DS4Windows

On first launch DS4Windows may ask you where to save its user data (settings and profiles):

  • AppData folder (recommended): user data is stored outside of the program folder, inside a special folder reserved for your Windows user
  • Program folder: user data is stored inside the same folder DS4Windows.exe is located
    Drivers Setup
  • When running DS4Windows for the first time it may prompt you to install some drivers, with the first one being essential. Install them according to your needs then hit the Finished button afterwards.

Driver Recommended? 
ViGEmBUS REQUIRED Allows DS4Windows to create virtual Xbox/DS4 controllers
HidHide Strongly recommended Used to “hide” your real controller in order to prevent games from simultaneously recognizing both your real controller and the virtual controller created by DS4Windows, a situation that can lead to the infamous double controller input issue.

FakerInput Optional Useful for users who want to use their controllers as keyboard and mouse. Although DS4Windows can do so by itself, the FakerInput has better performance and can work in more games and situations where Windows might prevent the usage of DS4Windows’ normal keyboard/mouse handler

Final steps
If your controller is not connected yet, do so now.

  • Check here if you are having trouble connecting them via bluetooth.
  • If everything is ok then your controller will appear on the main controllers tab with the Default profile selected
  • Make sure DS4Windows is not stopped
  • Check here if DS4Windows has not detected your controller
    ds4windows install
    DS4windows getting started
  • Assuming your controller has been detected then Xbox Controller emulation should already be working and you are all set.

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