The PC gaming community has shown a growing interest in essential peripherals (keyboards, mice, headsets etc), but at the same time has forgotten somewhat about the humble, generic gaming controller. This type of controller pad is particularly popular with GTA V gamers. This article will show you how to play GTA V with a generic controller, or a PlayStation, or Xbox controller on your PC.
If you play GTA V on your PC you may find only playing with your mouse and keyboard uncomfortable or limiting. A generic controller will allow you to overcome these issues and explore a new way of enjoying this game.
In order to connect a generic controller to your PC, you will need your device and PC to recognize each other. If the connection is established via Bluetooth, open the control panel to see which devices that your PC can detect, making sure that the controller is both on, and has enough battery.
If the generic controller is connected by cable, make sure that you have the drivers for the controller itself. Often you do not need to install anything manually, since these controllers usually come equipped with their own plug-and-play system. If this is not your case, go to the manufacturer's page and locate the driver for your specific controller model.
If you have a Sony controller, you will not be able to use it immediately to play GTA V on your PC. Don’t worry though, there is a solution, and we will explain it to you below.
Good news! Both the Xbox One controller, and the Xbox 360 controller work on PC without needing to install any additional programs. Simply connect the wired or Bluetooth controller to your PC. We recommend using the built in configuration button on the Xbox controller. That said, you may have your personal preferences which you can edit in the options section.
The method used to connect an Xbox controller to the PC is the same as above. If you don’t have a controller yet, have a look at this article with a selection of the best wireless controllers.
Warning:You will notice that the Xbox 360 controller does not work well when you connect it to your PC via Bluetooth. The Xbox 360 controller works better when you plug it in with the cable.
The Windows operating system does not support PlayStation controllers natively. Don't worry: you can connect your PS4's DualShock 4 controller to your PC and play GTA V by doing the following:
Download the DS4Windows driver (there are other options but this is our favorite). The driver works well and is easy to install. By downloading the DS4Windows driver, your PC will think that the controller you are connecting is an Xbox 360 controller instead.
To install it, you just have to follow the usual steps: locate the compressed file containing the installation package in the downloads folder, run the installer file and follow the process indicated by the PC. The alternative to installing this driver is to buy a wireless USB adapter from Sony.
Tip: When you install DS4Windows for the first time, you will have to choose where to save your settings and profiles. We recommend using the default option (Appdata). Also, if you use Windows 7, remember that you will have to click on 'Install Driver 360'.
PS3 controllers have the same limitation as the PS4 controllers: they are not easily recognized or activated by the PC, so you need to install a driver before use.
In the case of the PS3 controller, to connect it to your PC we recommend downloading and installing SCP Server from this link. Once SCP Server is downloaded and unzipped, a folder will be created on your system called PS3 JOYSTICK. All you have to do is open that folder, double-click on the 'Bin' subfolder and launch the app that you will find inside, called ScpDriver. After installation, go back to the 'Bin' folder, connect the PS3 controller to your PC and launch the SCP Server app. You are ready to play.
Warning: Don't forget to uncheck the Bluetooth Driver box, as your PS3 controller will only work with your PC when connected by cable. Also don't forget to check the Force install box.
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