How to connect a PlayStation 4 Controller to a Windows Based PC

Yes it’s true, you can connect a PlayStation 4 (PS4) controller wirelessly to a windows PC using an emulator.

Items needed

1.   Internet and Bluetooth enabled windows based PC. Preferably a window 10 PC

2.   DS4 Windows Software.

3.   Fully charged PS4 controller

Video Demonstration

Here is how to connect PS4 controller to PC

  1. Connect your PS4 controller to PC via Bluetooth. Press the PS button on your PS4 controller and check the Bluetooth interface of your pc to ensure it is connected.
  2. Make sure your PC is connected to the internet.
  3. Go to https://github.com/Jays2Kings/DS4Windows/releases and download DS4 windows. Download and extract to any location of your choice.
  4. Open the extracted folder and locate the executable file. You can make a shortcut to the file on your desktop
  5. Start DS4 windows by clicking on the executable file.
  6. DS4 windows will find your connected PS4 controller and may give a prompt to download additional software needed to make the PS4 controller work. This will only happen if you are doing this for the first time.
  7. After additional software have been downloaded and installed, reboot your PC
  8. Make sure your PC’s Bluetooth is active, then press the PS button on your PS4 controller to connect.
  9. Start DS4 windows and it will immediately activate your PS4 controller for gaming. If properly connected, the PS4 controller light will show boldly.
  10. To check that the controller is working perfectly you can click on TEST CONTROLLER on the DS4 windows interface. 
  11. It will take you to a webpage where you can test your controller. 

Note that the DS4 windows software makes the Windows PC think that the PS4 controller is an Xbox 360 controller.

How to Play movie and music files in your USB Flash drive on PS4

PS4 and USB flah drive
PS4 & USB flash drive

Using your PC format your USB flash drive to FAT file format or ensure it is in FAT 32 file format.

right click USB storage on pc then properties
right click USB storage on pc then properties

To ensure your USB flash drive is in the required format,for windows 10 PCs, insert the USB into your PC. Then navigate to the USB storage icon, right click and click PROPERTIES, there you should see the file system format on your USB flash drive.

If the USB flash drive is not on FAT 32, then you need to Format it. To do so right click on the USB storage icon then click FORMAT. Ensure the file system is set to FAT32, then click START to format the USB drive.

Next open the USB flash drive and create a new folder and give it a name. This is the folder you will store your media files.

Create folder in usb drive to store media files
Create folder in usb drive to store media files

To keep things in order create a folder called VIDEOS to store video files and create another folder called MUSIC to store music files. 

On your PS4, download the app called MEDIA PLAYER and ensure it is installed on the console.

PS4 media player
PS4 media player

Insert the USB flash drive in your PS4 then start MEDIA PLAYER.

Media player will display your USB flash drive storage. Click on it and navigate to the folder called VIDEOS (you created earlier on your PC) then it will display the movie files available. Just click on any movie file to play.

Repeat a similar process to play music files.

The PS4 supports several media file format including;

MP3, AAC, AVI,MP4, MKV,MPEG-2 PS,MPEG-2 TS, JPEG,BMP,PNG

For more information refer to the PlayStation 4 user guide

Open or disassemble your PlayStation 4 console

This brief write up will show how you can safely open or disassemble your playstation 4 console if need be. Note that this process will void your warranty if still active. You are advised to forward your faulty PS4 to Sony or any authorised agent for repairs. You risk permanent damage to your console undertaking this yourself. The writer bears no responsibility for any damage caused as a result.

Opening Your PS4 console

ps4 console
PS4 console
  1. The PS4 console.
Remove Console cover; PS4 console
Remove Console cover; PS4 console

2. With the console facing you, use your hand to remove the smaller outer cover.

remove hard-drive screw. PS4 console
remove hard-drive screw. PS4 console
Removing PS4 hard-drive; PS4 console
Removing PS4 hard-drive; PS4 console

3. Unscrew the hard-drive position screw and gently pull out the hard-drive.

4. To open further you will have to void the warranty.

Flip console to show underside. PS4 console
Flip console to show underside. PS4 console

5. Flip the console upside down making its back face you.

remove warranty screws; PS4 console
remove warranty screw; PS4 console
remove warranty screw; PS4 console

6. Take out the screws inside the warranty stickers, and one each at the sides if need be. 

Remove cover; PS4 console
Remove cover; PS4 console

7. Then pull out the cover.

Revealed inner parts; fan, disk drive, power unit; PS4 console
Revealed inner parts; fan, disk drive, power unit; PS4 console

8. On taking out the cover you will see the power pack, blu-ray disk drive and fan.

9. Take out the screws holding the power-pack.

Remove power pack cable,
ps4
 console
Remove power pack cable

10. Remove the power pack cable connected  to the motherboard.

Remove power unit ; PS4 console
Remove power unit ; PS4 console
Power unit removed; PS4
Power unit removed; PS4

11. Carefully take out the power pack.

Remove blue ribbon cable; PS4 console
Remove blue ribbon cable; PS4 console

12. Unplug the blue ribbon cable.

Remove black cable; PS4 console
Remove black cable; PS4 console

13. Unplug the black cable connected to the motherboard.

Remove Disk- drive cable;PS4 console
Remove Disk- drive cable;PS4 console

14. Remove the disk-drive power cable.

Screws holding black cable; PS4 console
Screws holding black cable; PS4 console

15. Take out the screws holding the black cable previously unplugged.

Take out disk- drive screws; PS4 console
Take out disk- drive screws; PS4 console

16. Take out the remaining screws holding the disk drive.

remove disk-drive; PS4 console
remove disk-drive; PS4 console

17. Carefully remove the disk drive.

power unit, disk -drive removed; PS4 console
power unit, disk -drive removed; PS4 console

18. Now bluray drive and power pack are out.

Remove motherboard holding screw; PS4 console
Remove motherboard holding screw; PS4 console

19. Take out this screw.

20. Flip the console again to show top of console.

Remove screws holding second part of top plastic cover; PS4 console
Remove screws holding second part of top plastic cover; PS4 console

21. Remove the 2 screws holding the plastic cover.

Remove cover; PS4 console
Remove cover; PS4 console

22. Take off the plastic cover.

remove cable connected to motherboard; PS4 console
Remove cable connected to motherboard; PS4 console

23. Remove this cable

Take out plate screws; PS4 console
Take out plate screws; PS4 console.

24. Take out the remaining screws holding down the motherboard. About 12 in number.

Remove heat sink screws; PS4 console
Remove heat sink screws; PS4 console

25. Take out the 2 heat sink screws.

Remove plate; PS4 console
Remove plate; PS4 console

26. Take off the metal plate.

Remove motherboard; PS4 console
Remove motherboard; PS4 console

27. Carefully remove the motherboard.

PS4 motherboard out

See thermal paste location. To fix back motherboard, you need to remove or scrape out old thermal paste and apply new one.. Failure to do this can cause overheating issues.

To watch full video click HERE.

How to Wirelessly Connect PlayStation 4 Controllers to Console .

The PS4 usually ships, with one controller which you must connect to the console for the first time with the USB cable supplied. Once connected you can use it to control the console wirelessly, until you reset or use it on another console. You can also connect a new second controller with the usb cable, however it can also be connected wirelessly. Here is how;

Let’s say you just purchased 2 controllers for your console, this is what you should do.

Switch on the console.

Connect one of the controllers to the console using your PS4 USB cable or a compatible one.

The controller will glow if USB cable is properly connected.

Press the PS button on the controller, then logon to an account on your console.

Now go to, SETTING-DEVICES- BLUETOOTH DEVICES

You will see the already connected controller and the account it is connected to.

Now, to connect the second controller wirelessly; press the, PS button and the share button simultaneously for  about 5 seconds until the controller blinks.

The console detects the controller and it is shown on your TV screen under Bluetooth devices.

Use the first controller to select and register this second controller.

Immediately, the second controller is available for use with the console.

Subsequently, you can connect more controllers using this method.

How to Update PS4 System Software to latest version from USB Flash Drive.

Update PS4 from USB flash

To update PS4 system software to latest version via USB flash drive,go to Google search, and type; “PlayStation software update”.

On the search results, click on any PS4 system software update link that emanates from www.playstation.com. In this case, search result 1 will suffice.

PS4 system software search

On the webpage, locate the latest PS4 system software update link, and download.

Locate the downloaded file, and rename to; PS4UPDATE.PUP, if necessary.

Insert USB flash drive into your laptop or desktop.

Open the flash drive and in it, create a folder named; PS4.

Next open this newly created PS4 folder, and inside it create another folder named; UPDATE.

Locate the downloaded PS4UPDATE.PUP file and place it inside the newly created UPDATE folder.

Now inside the flash drive we have the PS4 folder, inside the PS4 folder we have the, UPDATE folder and inside the update folder we have the PS4UPDATE.PUP file.

This is how the update file should be set up inside the flash drive for the console to recognize it.

Now insert the flash drive into your PS4 console and switch it on.

Log into your account.

Go to settings, then, system software update.

Your console automatically detects update software including the version it will be updating to, on USB flash drive,

 click NEXT

 then Click UPDATE and the wait for your console’s system software to update,

your console will restart during the update process.

After update is complete, you can confirm by going to SETTINGS, SYSTEM, SYSTEM INFROMATION. There you will see the new version it has updated to.

To watch video of the process, Click this link to video on my YouTube channel.