If you happen to have recently acquired a brand new PlayStation 4, or a brand new PS4 controller, you might be wondering how to connect the PS4 controller to the main console. We’ll cover all that in this PS4 controller guide, as well as going over how to charge your PS4 controller, all on top of pointing out the best PS4 controller prices for you.
PS4 Controller Guide
For starters, all standard PS4 console units come with a single DualShock 4 controller, or potentially with a second if you’ve purchased a special bundle with an additional PS4 controller. Unlike the Xbox One controller, all DualShock 4 models feature a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom of the controller, whether it’s a new or old model, and on top of this, all models feature the speaker in the middle of the controller.
We previously highlighted how games like The Evil Within 2 make fantastic use of the PS4 controller’s small speaker, making it feel like enemies are breathing right down your neck. Outside of this neat feature, there’s also the light bar on the top and side of the DualShock 4, which in some games will change color depending on the status of your in-game character’s health. The other bonus a PS4 controller has over an Xbox pad is that the DualShock 4 has a rechargeable battery built in, so there's no need to buy a battery pack or new batteries.
How to Connect a PS4 Controller
Connecting a PS4 Dualshock 4 controller to the console is simple, whether you’ve just acquired a new console and a new controller, or just a new controller for your old console. Since all PS4 units come with a special micro-USB cable as standard, all you need to do is find the cable, connect the USB end to any of the ports on the console and the other, micro end, to the controller itself.
There will always be two USB ports at the front of a PS4 console, no matter if it’s a base, Slim, or Pro model, and there are usually two ports on the back, which you could always use if your front two USB ports are occupied. Once you’ve plugged in the Dualshock 4 controller to the PS4 unit with the standard cable, the PS4 will prompt you to sign into an account, and you’re ready to go!
How to Charge a PS4 Controller
When it comes to charging the PS4 controller, you’re going to use exactly the same method. Simply plug in the PS4 controller that’s in need of charging to the console using the micro-USB cable, and it’ll get charging straight away.
However if you own two PS4 controllers and the one you’re using needs charging, there’s a better method for charging your controller. When you get the notification that your PS4 controller needs charging, hold down the circular middle button on the controller until the options screen pops up, and select ‘Log Out’. Take this PS4 controller-which will now be turned off, and plug it into the PS4 console using the micro-USB cable, and then set it aside, picking up your second PS4 controller.
Now all you have to do is turn on and sign in with the second PS4 controller, and you can continue playing while your other controller charges, not letting cables get in your way. Alternatively, you could even pick up one of the third-party PS4 Dualshock 4 charging stations, which allow you to charge multiple PS4 controllers up at once.
Best PS4 Controller Prices
But just in case you’re still in the market for a brand new PS4 controller, check out the purchasing options just below, which will take you to a standard black, crystal, or gold edition of the Dualshock 4.
With this guide on the PS4’s Dualshock 4 controller now drawing to a close, you shouldn’t have any trouble linking your controller to your PS4 console, and kickstarting a game.
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