While Google Stadiums currently need to be page loaded on Chromecast with Google TV, there are a handful of games that are compatible with the streaming device and require a gamepad. But you do not need to buy a specific controller just for your Chromecast, you can use one you already have lying around.
Having a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller on hand means you also have a gamepad that you can connect to your new Chromecast. The Android TV OS running on the new Chromecast supports dozens of controllers that you can simply pair with Bluetooth, and the PS4 is one of them.
What you need
- Chromecast with Google TV
- PlayStation DualShock 4 controls
Step 1: Access settings
Google really wants you to make yourself at home on the For You screen, where all your recommended content from your various streaming video subscriptions is gathered. As a result, the settings of the device are hidden.
With the directional button on your Chromecast remote control, scroll up to the top menu and then right to your profile photo. Click the center button in the direction button to select which opens the message window. Directly below your name is the Settings shortcut. Click on it.
Step 2: Navigate to remote controls and accessories
On the main settings page, scroll down to Remotes and Accessories and click on it. Here you have all your paired Bluetooth devices.
If you have not connected a device before, your remote control is the only device here. Move the cursor to “Pair the remote control or accessory” and then pick up your gamepad.
Step 3: Initialize pairing mode
True confession: I know this because my teenage son taught me. Anyway, the trick is to pair the DualShock 4 controller with non-PlayStation devices, ironically, holding the PS button and the Share button until the light bar on the back starts flashing white light.
When DualShock 4 is in pairing mode, use your Chromecast remote control to select “Pair remote control or accessory.” The device will start searching for available accessories, which should not take too long as DualShock 4 is already willing and ready.
Step 4: Select Wireless Controller
With both devices in pairing mode, use your Chromecast remote to select the fun generic “Wireless Controller” from the list of available devices for pairing.
(Side note: I do not know why, but the Echo Show in the image below always shows up when I try to pair Bluetooth devices. I do not have an Echo Show. If anyone knows what happens to this, please let me know.)
Chromecast will then ask you to confirm your intentions to pair with the wireless controller. Click Pair to continue.
When done, the wireless controller will appear among your accessories and the light bar on the DualShock 4 will solid blue.
Technically, you’re done. But while you have selected the on-screen wireless controller, take me and take another step for your common sense.
Step 5: Rename the controller (optional)
If you ever plan to use more than one DualShock 4 controller with your Chromecast, you may want to rename the newly paired controller to distinguish it from the next one, also called the Wireless Controller. Click Wireless Controller and select Rename.
On “Rename your connected device page”, click on the Wireless Controller field to call the on-screen keyboard. Edit as desired, then click the Enter key on the keyboard. Now you are really ready to cross roads or destroy orcs or whatever game goal you have in front of you.
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