Psychonauts 2 | How To Play With DualShock 4 Controller

In this guide, I will show you how to play Psychonauts 2 with a DS4 and PlayStation button prompts. The built-in DS4 support that comes with Steam can be used to play Psychonauts 2. However, it will make the game show Xbox button prompts instead of PlayStation ones. The game does have built-in support for DS4 button prompts though. Follow this guide if you want to learn how to play Psychonauts 2 with DS4 and the correct prompts.

How To Play Psychonauts 2 With DualShock 4 Controller

Download DS4 Windows and Connect Your PC

Download the latest version of DS4 Windows []. Extract the archive and put the DS4Windows folder at your preferred location. As of now, the latest version is 3.0.18, which includes the “Re-enabled DS4 emulation support” update. If you have got an older version, update it.
Switch on the DS4 and connect it to your PC. For the uninitiated, pair your DS4 with your PC via Bluetooth by holding the PS + Share buttons on the DS4 until the light flickers. Then add the device in the Bluetooth settings on Windows. You can alternatively, also use a USB cable to connect it.

How To Configure DS4 Profile

Follow these steps:

  • Open DS4Windows and wait till your DS4 appears.
  • Create a new profile.
  • When prompted to use a preset option, select “Yes”.
  • Leave the preset on “Gamepad” and set the “Output Controller” to “DualShock 4”
  • Name the profile anything you want (e.g. Psychonauts 2) in the top left input box.
  • Click on Touchpad tab, and set the “Output Mode” to “Passthru”
  • Save your profile.
  • Make certain that the Psychonauts 2 profile is chosen.
  • Minimize DS4Windows and let it run.
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Turn OFF Built-In Steam Support

Note that doing the above will disable the navigation of Steam’s Big Picture mode using the controller. It is an unfortunate tradeoff, but I would take it rather than playing the game with Xbox button prompts. Be sure to turn off the built-in DS4 controller support on Steam. If you have already turned this off globally, you can skip this section. Otherwise, follow the below set of instructions to turn it off.
  • Right-click on Psychonauts 2 in the Steam Library and click “Properties”.
  • Click on “Controller” tab.
  • Select “Disable Steam Input”.
  • Close the window.

Launch The Game

That should do it! Launch the game and try using the controllers. It should pick up the input immediately and show the correct PlayStation button prompts. During gameplay, if you press the touchpad, it will show Raz’s in-game manual. I heard somewhere that people are having issues accessing the manual using the DS4. But everything seems to work perfectly using this setup.


If this guide helps you, please leave a comment to let me know and share it so that others can find it more easily. If you are looking for more guides like this then you can check out our homepage. I hope you are really having fun with this game. Take good care of your health and come back to us anytime. See you soon and enjoy!

Last Updated on August 29, 2021

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