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You should be prepared for problems to surface with your PS4, despite the fact that it has a reputation for being relatively dependable, as the system continues to age towards “last-gen” status. In point of fact, brand new issues are unearthed each and every day.
Aside from the entertaining new problems, we cannot emphasise enough how convenient it is to have wireless PlayStation 4 controllers; but, in order to utilise them, you will need to connect them to your machine. We are here to clear up any misconceptions about the synchronisation of your PS4 DualShock controllers, which should not be a problem for owners of a PS4 or PS4 Pro. We’ll go through all of the typical problems with the PS4 controller, freeing you up to concentrate on making decisions about which games to play.
The benefits of having wireless PlayStation 4 controllers cannot be overstated; but, in order to make advantage of them, you will need to synchronise them with your system. For those of you who possess a PS4 or PS4 Pro, synchronising your controllers shouldn’t be a problem, but in case there was any misunderstanding, we’re here to clear it out.
It is quite simple to pair a PlayStation 4 DualShock controller with a PS4, but you will need a specific piece of gear to do so: a cable that connects USB to Micro-B. Because there is no wireless workaround for pairing controllers through Bluetooth, you will need to use a cable in order to synchronise new controllers with your PlayStation 4 (PS4) (though you can connect a PS4 or Xbox controller to your smartphone or tablet). One cable is included with your DualShock 4 controller, however you may use almost any USB 2.0 to Micro-B cable instead.
As soon as you switch on your PlayStation 4, the USB cable attached to your controller should cause it to immediately connect with your console. In order to activate the controller, you will need to press the PlayStation button that is located in the middle of the controller. After you have done that, the PS4 ought to take you to the login page where you may choose a player account that corresponds with that controller.
If the controller is functioning properly, the LED light bar that is located on the top of the controller will illuminate in blue. If the controller is not the first one to be connected to the system, the light bar will illuminate in a different colour: red for player 2, green for player 3, and pink for player 4. This cable may also be used to recharge your controller, and the indicator light will change yellow to let you know when the controller is charging but is not actively being used.
When you are experiencing difficulties with a controller not functioning wirelessly with your PS4, the typical problem with pairing is that the controller’s battery is undercharged. This may be fixed by charging the controller’s battery. It is exactly the “unplug it and then plug it back in” answer to the issue if you think that’s what it sounds like.
When you connect in the controller, be sure that it is charging; if it is not being used, the light bar on the top will turn yellow. If it is not charging, there may be another problem, such as a broken controller port or a cable that is not working properly.
If the problems you’re having with pairing aren’t caused by the power supply or the connection, you may need to reset both your PlayStation controller and your PlayStation 4 before attempting to pair it again. Within the PS4’s Settings menu, you will find the option to do so if you have a controller that is still operational. On the home screen, on the far right, there is an icon that looks like a suitcase. You may access it there.
Scroll down until you reach the Devices menu, and then choose Bluetooth Devices from that option. You’ll be able to view all of your controllers in the Bluetooth settings, along with any additional Bluetooth devices that are compatible with your PlayStation, such as PS4 headphones and the much upgraded PDP PS4 Bluetooth Remote. It may be difficult to know which one you are attempting to reset; if you have more than one controller, you may need to turn on all of them before proceeding. Once you have determined which one it is, pick it and then press the X button.
Now, on your controller, pull up the contextual menu by pressing the Options button, and from that menu, choose the option to Forget Device. If you proceed, your controller will become unpaired from your PlayStation 4 as a result.
Following the steps outlined at the beginning of this tutorial, you should be able to re-pair your controller to the console by simply plugging it into the console using the USB adapter you already have.
If re-pairing the controller does not solve the problem, it is possible that the PS4 is not the source of the problem but rather the controller itself. In such scenario, you will need to turn off the controller and start it up again. In order to reset your PlayStation 4 controller, you will need an unfolded paper clip (or anything else that is equally thin and durable) to press a button that is concealed on the controller.
Turn down your PlayStation 4 and disconnect it, as well as your internet modem or router, before attempting to reset your controller. This will ensure that it does not pick up any network signals throughout the process.
After that is finished, you will need to invert the controller and search for a little hole on the right side of it. After inserting the paperclip into the hole, hold down the button on the other side of the compartment for three to five seconds. To be on the safe side, you should keep your hand on it until the count of 10 is complete.
It is also possible to play with your DualShock 4 as a wired controller by using a connection that is enabled through USB rather of using the Bluetooth wireless connection. This may be done by skipping the Bluetooth wireless connection. This is certainly not the best solution when you have the possibility of playing wirelessly, but it is a possible workaround for when connection and signal problems continue to be a problem. Changing the controller settings in the Devices menu, as was mentioned above, will allow you to restrict a controller’s ability to interact with the PS4 to just when it is plugged in and connected through USB. You may configure any controllers to only communicate over USB when they are plugged in by navigating to the Devices menu and selecting the Controllers option. As long as you are using a physical connection, the controller should not be impacted by difficulties with the signal or Bluetooth connectivity in this manner.