While Google Stadia currently requires sideloading in Chromecast with Google TV, there are a handful of games that are compatible with the streaming device that require a gamepad. However, you don’t have to buy a specific controller just for your Chromecast, you can use one that you already have lying around.
Having a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller on hand means you also have a gamepad that you can use to connect to your new Chromecast. The Android TV operating system running on the new Chromecast supports dozens of controllers that you can easily pair via Bluetooth, and the PS4 is one of them.
What you will need
- Chromecast with Google TV
- PlayStation DualShock 4 controller
: access settings
Google really wants you to feel at home on the For You screen, which brings together all of the recommended content from your various streaming video subscriptions. As a result, the settings for the device are somehow hidden.
Use the D-Pad on your Chromecast remote to scroll to the top menu and then to the right to find your profile photo. To select, click the middle button on the directional pad to open the notification window. The Settings link is located directly under your name. Click it.
Step 2: Navigate to Remotes and Accessories
On the Settings main page, scroll down to Remote Controls and Accessories and click on it. Here you have all paired Bluetooth devices.
If you haven’t already connected a device, your remote control is the only device here. Move the cursor to “Pair remote control or accessories”, then pick up your gamepad.
Step 3: Initialize the pairing mode
True Confession: I know because my teenage son taught me. Ironically, the trick to pairing the DualShock 4 controller with non-PlayStation devices is to hold down the PS button and the Share button until the light bar on the back starts to blink white light.
With the DualShock 4 in pairing mode, use your Chromecast remote to select “Pair remote or accessories”. The device starts looking for available accessories, which shouldn’t take too long as the DualShock 4 is already ready and ready.
Step 4: Choose Wireless Controller
With both devices in pairing mode, use your Chromecast remote to select the incredibly generic “Wireless Controller” from the list of available devices to pair with.
(Side note: I don’t know why, but the Echo Show in the photo below always comes up when I try to pair bluetooth devices. I don’t have an Echo Show. If anyone knows what’s wrong with this please give me Notification.)
Next, the Chromecast will ask you to confirm your intentions to pair with the wireless controller. Click Pair to continue.
Once the process is complete, the wireless controller will appear under your accessories and the DualShock 4’s light bar will be solid blue.
Technically, you’re done. But while you’ve selected wireless controllers on the screen, get in touch and take another step for your health.
Step 5: rename the controller (optional)
If you ever plan on using more than one DualShock 4 controller with your Chromecast, you can rename the newly paired controller to distinguish it from the next, also known as the wireless controller. Click Wireless Controller and then select Rename.
On the Rename Connected Device page, click the Wireless Controller field to bring up the on-screen keyboard. Edit as you want, then hit Enter on the keyboard. Now you are really ready to cross streets or destroy orcs or any other game objective that you have in front of you.
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