I've been playing Skyrim with a PS4 controller plugged into my PC. It seems to mostly work, but with a few quirks. It appears to think I have an XBox controller plugged in instead, as all the button names on the interface are XBox button names. I've been able to do most things, but I can't find the way to recharge enchanted items.

The interface says I do this with the Back button, but nothing I try actually pulls up the charging interface. Is there a way to make this work without having to restart the game with the keyboard-and-mouse interface (which seems to be what it takes to change controllers for some reason)?


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PS4 controller support on PC is very limited, hence the "quirks" your experiencing. It's most likely the PS4 controller doesn't support the "Back" control in its native format.

For more complete support install DS4Windows which fully emulates the XBox 360 controller using the PS4 controller. The program allows you to view and edit all of the mappings, and you can create "Profiles" which allow for having different mappings for different games. It will also allow you to use the controller wirelessly if your PC has Bluetooth.

I can personally attest to the usefulness of DS4 Windows for the PS4 controller, including for use in Skyrim. The applications predecessor, DS3Windows, was equally good for using the PS3 controller. If you ensure the program boots up with Windows you shouldn't ever have to worry about it again.

Protip: DS4Windows also allows the touch pad on the controller to control the PC mouse, allowing you to control Windows away from your mouse and keyboard (such as playing on a TV).

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