Using the DualShock 4 PS4 controller on PC isn’t to everyone’s taste. We commend you for choosing to live the analogue life, rather than submit to the convoluted hand placement of a keyboard gamer.
Of all the options out there, the PS4 controller has become one of the team’s favourite PC gaming controllers, not least because it feels great in your hands. The design retains the classic shape of the DualShock controller, but includes joysticks and triggers better suited to modern shooters and action games than its predecessor—though not as sensationally exciting as the PS5’s DualSense controller.
Unfortunately, the DualShock 4’s use of generic DirectInput drivers—as opposed to XInput that the Xbox controllers use—means using a PS4 controller on PC isn’t quite as easy as plugging in an Xbox gamepad. It takes a little bit more work to get the DualShock 4 working on PC, but things are made easier thanks to Steam, the PC gaming community, and an official (optional) Bluetooth dongle. In fact, if Steam is your go-to, native Steam support makes it just as plug-and-play as an Xbox gamepad.