DualShock 4 Will Be (Mostly) PC Compatible
After touching the DualShock 4 controller repeatedly at rAge 2013, I am glad to report that it is a comfortable little beauty unlike its predecessor. One thing the DualShock 3 missed out on that Xbox 360 controllers had is PC compatibility. There are some games that are just better with a controller rather than mouse and keyboard.
The Xbox 360 controller is easily interfaced with your PC whereas the DualShock 3 requires a lot more finesse and tedium with a method that doesn’t always work properly and demands way too much configuration. Fortunately, that’s not the case with next-gen.
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While it’s a given that Xbox One controllers will be PC compatible, it’s good news to hear that DualShock 4 will follow suit. Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida announced that the new controller will work on Windows PCs at launch. Speaking on Twitter, Yoshida said the PS4 controller will work with “basic functions” and that “the analog sticks and buttons will work just fine.”
That’s all we need really if I’m honest. Although all that motion and touch functionality of the controller going to waste is a bit of a downer. As pointed out by Joystiq, it’s unknown at this time whether Windows will in fact recognise the controller properly as some non-Microsoft controllers feature the XInput API, so the OS recognizes them as an Xbox controller. Of course, you would assume that Sony is aware of this.
I’d love to be able to use my DualShock 4 on PC games, even if I am as much a PC gamer as I am a lumberjack.