If you enjoy gaming on both consoles and PC, maybe you would like to make the most out of your current gaming setup. Thanks to common standards like HDMI, Bluetooth and USB many components in your gaming setup are interchangeable and allow you to mix and match to find what works better for you.
Playing a number of PC games, such as Rocket League, Cuphead or Dark Souls , with a controller gives you much finer control over your movements. Here is what you need to set up PC and controller:
• Bluetooth-enabled computer or Bluetooth dongle
• DS4Windows software
• PS4 Controller
• Micro USB Cable
Since your PS4 controller and PC are perfectly compatible, the process is quite simple and fast. It is not truly plug-and-play, so you should start by downloading DS4 software . You can find the steps and additional installation information here.
For this software to work properly, you need to make sure that you have Microsoft .NET 4.5. If you do not have it already, download it from here.
You will also have to install Microsoft 360 Driver if you are running Windows 7. For Windows 7 SP1 and higher, this driver is already included.
Now, you are ready to connect your PS4 controller to a PC wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired using a micro-USB cable. For micro-USB connection, use a regular micro-USB cable. If you choose to use Bluetooth, press and hold the central PS button and Share button for 3 seconds until it flashes. Next, go to your Windows Bluetooth settings to finish setting up the device. PS4 will be displayed as “Wireless Controller”.
If you would like to play a game that is not available on PC, you do not need to be unplugging cables. Many modern monitors multiple HDMI ports so that you can have a PC and PS4 connected at the same time. PC monitors suit the needs of gamers who prefer FPS or other competitive games. As opposed to TVs, monitors are able to react to your movements faster.
To play a PS4 with a monitor, you most likely already have everything you need. However, there a few things you might need to consider. Here is what you will need:
• HDMI Cable
• HDMI Monitor
• Speakers, headphones (in case of the monitor does not have speakers)
If your monitor has an HDMI output, you can simply use HDMI cable to connect PS4 to your display. If it does not have an HDMI port, go for a different type of connector. Use DVI output and an HDMI-to-DVI adapter, VGA with an HDMI-to-VGA adapter or Display Port with an HDMI-to-Display Port adapter.
To connect PS4 to PC with sound, you can easily use a pair of headphones with you console wirelessly using Bluetooth USB dongle. Alternatively, you can connect a headset to a controller via a 3.5 mm stereo jack cable.
It is easy to get the audio output through built-in speakers. If your console is connected to the monitor via HDMI, then everything will work over HDMI. For a display that does not have built-in speakers, you can also use any 3.5 mm stereo jack external audio device with it. In case your PS4 is connected via a DVI, VGA or Display Port, make sure to get an adapter with an audio splitter to be able to extract the audio.
By using a monitor for gaming instead of a TV you can definitely get more value for the money you already invested in your gaming equipment.
Overall, you can optimize your desk space and money with a combined setup. It saves time since you do not have to unplug cables and rearrange your equipment. The biggest advantage is using a single PC monitor to play both PS4 and PC so you can switch between different devices when you feel like switching games or platform.