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How to Calibrate a PS4 Controller on PC/Android/Steam?

How to Calibrate a PS4 Controller?

Are your PS4 controller’s commands misbehaving or showing erratic behavior?

That could be an issue related to calibration.

This comprehensive guide will assist you in calibrating your PS4 controller for different devices and gaming platforms.

How to Calibrate a PS4 Controller on a PC?

You can calibrate a PS4 controller on a PC using a tool like DS4Windows. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to calibrate your PS4 controller on a Windows PC:

  1. Download and install DS4Windows: Visit the DS4Windows website and download the latest version. Extract the contents of the downloaded ZIP file and run the DS4Windows.exe file to launch the application.
  2. Connect your PS4 controller: You can connect your PS4 controller to your PC via a USB cable or Bluetooth. To connect using a USB cable, plug the cable into your computer and the controller. For Bluetooth, enable Bluetooth on your PC and hold the PS and Share buttons on your controller simultaneously until the light bar flashes to enter pairing mode. In your PC’s Bluetooth settings, select “Wireless Controller” to connect.
  3. Initial DS4Windows setup: When you first open DS4Windows, follow any on-screen prompts to install the necessary drivers and configure settings.
  4. Start DS4Windows: After the initial setup, launch DS4Windows by clicking DS4Windows.exe. Ensure your PS4 controller is connected to your PC and should appear in DS4Windows’ “Controllers” tab.
  5. Calibrate your controller: Click the “Edit” button in the Controllers tab next to your controller’s profile. Here, you can adjust the sensitivity and dead zone settings for both sticks and trigger buttons. Observe the graphical representations of the settings while making adjustments to ensure proper calibration.
  6. Test the responsiveness: After configuring the settings, test for responsiveness by clicking any button, moving the joystick, or using the triggers on your controller. You should see corresponding feedback in the “Controller Readings” section of the calibration tool.
  7. Save the settings: Once satisfied with the calibration, click “Save” to save your settings. You can now use your PS4 controller on your PC with improved accuracy and responsiveness.

Remember that different games and applications on your PC may have their own calibration settings. Checking in-game options and adjusting the controller configuration for the best experience is always good.

How to Calibrate a PS4 Controller on Android?

Here are the steps to calibrate a PS4 controller on an Android device:

1. Pair your PS4 Controller with Android:

  • Enable Bluetooth on your Android device.
  • Press and hold the PS and Share buttons on your PS4 controller until the light flashes.
  • On your Android device, open the Bluetooth settings and look for available devices.
  • Choose “Wireless Controller” once it shows up, and click “Pair” to connect the controller.

2. Install a Calibration App

Since Android doesn’t have a built-in calibration feature, you’ll need to install a third-party calibration app. One of the recommended apps is Gamepad Tester.

3. Calibrate the PS4 Controller

  • Launch the calibration app (e.g., Gamepad Tester).
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to check all your controller buttons, joystick sensitivity, and movements.
  • If there is any need to calibrate or adjust button mappings, this can be done directly through the app setting.

Not all Android devices are compatible with the PS4 controller, and some games might not support controller input. Game compatibility can be checked through each game’s description.

How to Calibrate a PS4 Controller on Steam?

Sure, calibrating PS4 controllers using Steam largely relies on Steam’s Big Picture mode. Here’s how to do it:

1. Launch ‘Big Picture Mode’: Start Steam and click on the ‘Big Picture’ icon at the top-right corner of the screen[.

2. Go to ‘Settings’: At the upper right corner of the Big Picture Mode screen, you will see a ‘Settings’ (gear-shaped) icon. Click on it.

3. Select ‘Controller Settings’: Under the ‘Controller’ section, select ‘Controller Settings.

4. Enable ‘PlayStation Configuration Support’: Ensure the ‘PlayStation Configuration Support’ option is ticked. Doing this will allow Steam itself to calibrate your PS4 Controller.

5. Personalize the Controller Settings: Your controller is listed under ‘Detected Controllers.’ You can now select your controller, press the ‘Calibrate’ button, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the calibration.



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