I like my PS4, but damn does it cause me headaches. Here is a problem I came just across, My DS4 controller that I use exclusively with my PS4 decided it didn’t want to connect to the PS4. I plugged it in via USB, pressed the reset button, but it still wouldn’t connect. I even got my spare that I use for multiplayer and streaming to my Mac and even that wouldn’t connect. I searched for an answer and found bits and pieces of what to do but nothing that worked in whole.
Here is how I eventually solved the problem.
First, you need a USB keyboard. I bought a small handheld wireless USB keyboard for just such occasions and I highly recommend one for anyone with a game console, Raspberry Pi, or Media Center PC setup.
- Plug in the keyboard to the PS4 and use the arrow keys to get into the Settings.
- Arrow down into Devices and press <Enter>.
- Go to Bluetooth Devices and press <Enter>.
- Delete all instances of DUALSHOCK 4 by pressing <Enter>, Select Delete, and press <Enter> again.
- Next, using a paperclip, find the reset button on the back of your controller, and hold it in for a few seconds.
- Connect the controller to the PS4 using a USB cable and press the Playstation Button.
- This should allow your PS4 to recognize your controller. If it works correctly, you should see DUALSHOCK 4 pop up on the list with a green circle next to it.
- It is also recommended to do a full restart of your PS4, as keeping it in standby for a length of time allows these kind of glitches to proliferate.