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How To Video: How to use your console controllers for PC gaming

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How To Video: How to use your console controllers for PC gaming

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CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to pair the Xbox and PlayStation controllers with your PC.

[MUSIC] Computers can be great for gaming. And with the keyboard and mouse, you can truly shine in some MMORPG's first person shooters and real time strategy games. But some games can be even better if you use a controller. I'm Dan Graziano, and in today's how to, I'm going to show you how to use the controller that comes with either your XBox 360, XBox One, or Playstation 4 on your computer. The easiest controllers to use with your PC are the ones that come with the XBox 360 and the XBox One. It shouldn't be a shock that Microsoft made it simple for gamers to simply plug in and play. But before you can do that you need to download drivers from Microsoft's website. Once it has been installed just connect the controller and start gaming. For the Xbox One you will need a Micro USB cord. Unfortunately the controller can't be used wirelessly. It's a little more difficult to use the Play Station controllers with your PC. In fact, I don't even recommend using the PS3 controller. While there is a way to connect it, it's a huge hassle and the software they use it kind of sketchy, so I say you stay away. So we're gonna focus on the controller that comes with the PS4. The first thing you must do is download and install the XBox 360 drivers for Microsoft. Then, using a program called DS4 Tool, you're going to trick your PC into thinking the PS4 controller is actually an Xbox one. Once the program has been downloaded, unzip it, and open the folder titled Virtual Bus Driver. Inside the folder double-click on the SCP Driver application and install it If it was installed properly, under the install summary it will list Bus Device and Bus Driver. Make sure Steam or any running games are closed and connect the PS4 controller to your PC using a micro-USB cord. Then open the SCP server application located in the main PS4 tool folder. The program should automatically detect your controller and say it's ready for use. If your computer has Bluetooth, or you purchased an adapter, you can also use the PS4 controller wirelessly. Press the share Playstation button on the controller until the LED light begins flashing to enter pairing mode. Open the control panel on your computer and under hardware and sound, click on add a device and select the controller. After it has been paired, simply open the SCP server application and it should automatically detect your controller. You can customize the light bar color, adjust the controller's rumble, create custom controls, and even enable the touch pad, which can be used to move the cursor around. All of this can be done in the options menu. For more detailed instructions and links to software you need to get the job done check out my article on howto.cnet.com. You can also reach out to me on Twitter with any questions or comments. I'm Dan Graziano for cnet. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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