PC gamers typically prefer to use the keyboard and mouse combination as the control system for their favorite video games. However, there are a large number of PC gamers who prefer to enjoy their titles with the community of a controller, just as they would with a game console. In this article we explain how you can use all the controls of the different consoles on your PC .
In this special article we explain all the steps you must follow to successfully connect a Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch controller to your computer.
Of all of them, the Xbox controllers are the ones with the best integration and the best native support for the PC. Therefore, if you are going to buy a new controller to play on your computer, we recommend that you opt for one of the Microsoft products
Playstation 3 - DualShock 3
You can use the PlayStation 3 controller on your computer without any problem, although for this you must install a specific driver to make it work.
The main problem is that this driver has not been updated for a long time , so a new Windows 10 update may appear at any time that breaks compatibility.
First of all, you must make sure that you have the following packages installed on your computer, you can download them by clicking on the name.
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
- Microsoft Visual C ++ 2010 Redistributable Package
- Microsoft Visual C ++ 2013
- DirectX Runtime
- Xbox 360 controller driver
Once you have made sure that you have all of the above perfectly installed, you can proceed with the installation of the specific driver for the PS3 controller.
To do this, the first step will be to connect your PS3 controller to your computer using a USB cable, and let Windows recognize it properly.
Now you need to download the SCPToolkit package, and then you will have to run it like any other Windows program.
Once open, click on "Install" and wait a few seconds. Next, click on "Run Driver Installer".
A new screen will open in which you must check the boxes "Install Windows Service", "Install Bluetooth driver" and "Install DualShock 3 driver". Finally, click on "Install" and wait for the process to finish.
With this, you should already have the control of your PlayStation 3 perfectly installed and configured on your computer. Now you just have to open a game and test it , you may need to configure the controls manually.
Playstation 4 - DualShock 4
We now go on to explain how you can use the Playstation 4 controller on your computer. The simplest thing is to use it connected by cable.
Steam has native support for DualShock 4 , so you just have to connect it to your computer, and you can start enjoying it in all the games you have within the Valve platform.
If it does not detect it automatically, you must select it in Parameters> Remote.
In the event that you want to use the official PlayStation 4 controller in a non-Steam video game, the thing is somewhat more complex, since you will have to follow the steps that we describe below.
First of all, make sure you have Microsoft .NET 4.5 or higher packages installed, and the Xbox 360 controller drivers.
Now you need to download the driver for the DualShock 4. Once it has been downloaded, you just have to install it on your computer.
Once this is done, you can now connect the PS4 controller to a USB port on your computer to start using it in your favorite games. You may have to manually configure the controls in each game.
Sony sells an official accessory that allows us to use the DualShock 4 wirelessly on our computer.
Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox One S
The controls of the different Xbox consoles are those that have the best integration with the PC and the Windows operating system.
This is totally logical, because Microsoft is the company behind both these consoles and this operating system.
If you want to use an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller on your PC, you just have to connect one of the USB ports of your computer , so that the operating system installs it automatically.
Nintendo Switch - Pro Controller - Joy Con
Something that many users do not know is that the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and the Joy Con can also be used on our Windows 10 computer, quite simply.
In this case, the controls can only be used through Bluetooth connectivity , so it will be essential that your computer has it.
To use these controls on your Windows 10 computer, you just have to go to the Bluetooth devices section of Windows 10, and add a new device, which in this case will be the Nintendo controller.
The Nintendo Switch Joy Con have a small central button that you will have to press to activate the Bluetooth pairing mode. This is essential to allow your PC to detect them properly.
After this you can use these controls on Steam and in all games compatible with DirectInput.
If you want to use Nintendo controllers outside of Steam, and in games that do not support DirectInput, you will need to follow some additional steps.
- Download x360ce.
- Move this file to the root folder of the game in which you want to use the controller.
- Run the file and click on "Create". Check that the controller is connected.
- A diagram will appear that you must use to map the buttons on the controller. When you're done, click on "Save."
Once you have finished with this process, you just have to open the video game in question, and check that the controller works correctly.
This is our tutorial on how to use all the controls of the main game consoles on your Windows 10 computer. Remember you can leave a comment if you have any questions.