How to Set Up a Console Controller with Your Gaming PC

The great divide between PC and console gaming can be limiting for gaming enthusiasts. As we all know, games are exclusively tied to gaming consoles. When you want to play the games you love on your PC or through the TV, that’s where we can help. EXTREME PCs provides almost 20 years of experience in high-end gaming computers and hardware, so we took the liberty of determining how to set up a console controller with your gaming PC. With our know-how and a little bit of patience, you can finally turn your PC into a game console like a pro in no time.

How to Set Up a Console Controller with Your Gaming PC

There’s no need to spend money on a separate controller for PC gaming. In this quick and helpful guide, we explain how you can set up a controller with your computer and enjoy hours of console games.

Hardware: Before you begin hooking your PC up to your flat screen, you need to double check whether your laptop or desktop meets all the requirements of a console controller. Old processing units or ancient hard disk drives cause computers to slow down, which can make the entire experience pretty frustrating. If this seems to be the case with your PC, your core components may be in need of an upgrade.

Interface: To play games on your PC and enjoy them on your TV, you will need an advanced operating system. You can find suitable platforms in Linux, macOS, and Windows, but you might prefer a controller-friendly, game-centered experience. Steam is one of the most popular digital distribution services on the market, but the decision is up to you.

Wireless: There are USB options in terms of controllers, but both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have risen in popularity due to the uptick in cable-free gaming. When you don’t have any controllers that are compatible with your computer, search for controllers you can use with console gaming. Controllers for Nintendo Wii, Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One are all compatible with Windows and Linux computers. In addition to a controller, you will also need a keyboard. There are a variety of wireless keyboards available for you to buy. You can also use wireless streaming with a strong wireless network connection to play PC games through your TV. One affordable solution is wireless HDMI, but it may not be reliable for fast, frenetic actions. You can also use Intel or AMD wireless display in conjunction with a dongle.

Start setting up your PS4 or Xbox console controller for PC gaming by investing in a quality HDMI cable. Just connect the HDMI cable from your computer to your TV and select the correct HDMI channel on your TV. Access PC settings to ensure that a signal is being sent to the TV. We recommend staying clear of VGA or DVI connectors, as they may require conversion for compatibility. For PS4 controllers, you will need a micro-USB cable and/or a Bluetooth adapter.

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