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Sony DualShock 4 Will be Compatible with Windows Gaming

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Sony's Shuhei Yoshida confirms via Twitter.

It's already common to use an Xbox controller for gaming on your PC, but it seems you'll also be able to use Sony's PS4 controller as well (to some extent). President of Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida, confirmed on Twitter this past weekend that the DualShock 4 will be compatible with Windows for 'basic functions' without a driver.

 

Yoshida confirmed the news on Twitter when asked if Sony planned to release a DS4 driver that would allow for its use with Windows. Yoshida told Twitter user @napo2k that the "analog sticks and buttons will work just fine." When asked if this meant default compatibility, Yoshida said, "For some functions, yes."

What we don't know is if PCs will recognize the DS4 controller as such. When one of his followers asked if the games would automatically recognize the controller as a DS4, Yoshida said we'd have to wait for the field report post launch.

The PS4 is launching in the United States on November 15. Gamers in Europe will get the console a couple of weeks later, on November 29. Sony hopes to launch in 32 countries before the end of the holiday season. The PS4 console packs an eight-core 64-bit x86 Jaguar CPU from AMD; a GPU with a unified array of 18 compute units, collectively capable of generating 1.84 Teraflops of processing power; 8 GB of RAM; 802.11n WiFi; Bluetooth 2.1; USB 3.0; and an upgradeable 500 GB hard drive. It'll be priced at $399 when it does go on sale in November, a price that's $100 cheaper than Microsoft's Xbox One.

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    belardo , October 7, 2013 3:04 PM
    All they need to do is make a driver for it. It would be great and handy to have a PS4 controller for the PC... especially since many people WILL NOT BE buying the Xbone.
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    Ryan Klug , October 7, 2013 3:19 PM
    Good to have some AAA controllers for the PC. It would be good to see Tom's review PC controllers. They can start with the ridiculously short range of the "wireless" Logitech F710. I get about 2-3 feet. Plus its goofy analog sticks aren't worth diddly in Dirt 3, among other games.
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    m32 , October 7, 2013 4:16 PM
    I use an PS3 controller for most of my PC gaming right now (yes, I know. that is a sin for most of you). This will be awesome if/when they release the drivers. Less deadzones will be a nice upgrade for gaming, but nothing can beat an mouse for aiming.
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    mageworld , October 7, 2013 4:54 PM
    I remember I had an issue with some games under "games for windows live" that only accepts 360 controllers, other controllers would had to download a 360 emulator to get them to work(though the success rate isn't 100%) - Something to keep in mind for people planning on purchasing non xbox controllers for PC.
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    Durandul , October 7, 2013 5:36 PM
    Now I am gonna buy this, the Xbone controller, and the steam controller. Stupid PC gamer me...
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    bigpoppastuke , October 7, 2013 6:08 PM
    Pretty handy if you could use the touch pad to move the mouse around on screen
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    Ryan Klug , October 7, 2013 6:16 PM
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    Pretty handy if you could use the touch pad to move the mouse around on screen


    ^ +1. It would be handy if you could also use the analog sticks on any controller to move the mouse.
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    alextheblue , October 7, 2013 6:20 PM
    Someone will probably develop third party drivers for it to enable more than just basic functionality, so no worries. But if someone asks me for a recommendation, it is still going to be Xbox controllers. A lot of it has to do with support. The Xbox controllers get first-party MS drivers, so it's easy to get it running right out of the box without me having to get involved. Just plug it in and go. Also they have good game support, with many games even having a profile for the Xbox controllers for simple configuration.
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    Hando567 , October 7, 2013 6:56 PM
    Man, reposting an article from your own site on the same day. Thats like a new low Toms.

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/ps4-controllers-work-windows,news-17655.html
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    ubercake , October 8, 2013 4:49 AM
    (sarcasm alert)
    Wow! A console controller compatible with a PC! What will Sony think of next?!
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    firefoxx04 , October 8, 2013 6:27 AM
    You just plug in an xbox controller and it works. Alot of games support it like BF4, Crysis3, Tomb Raider, gta4, etc. Its nice when you grew up on a console. I dont mind a mouse but I do better with a controller and I love it in single player.
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    chumly , October 8, 2013 9:02 AM
    This is a Steam Box Controller. lol.
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    qlum , October 8, 2013 10:46 AM
    Remember for a lot of games to stupid to support d-input you may still need to use x360ce to make it work.
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    specialk916 , October 8, 2013 11:12 AM
    this would be awesome, but without full support ill pass. im assuming this means it requires a wired connection. with a $15 receiver i can game wirelessly with one of my xbox controllers. yes typically a mouse and keyboard are better, but for multiplayer games like castle crashers, games like the walking dead and nba 2k14, or just times i want to game from my couch that little microsoft receiver cant be beat.
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    ubercake , October 8, 2013 11:25 AM
    I hope they let me use a mouse and keyboard on an Xbox One. I would reconsider playing FPS games on a console if they do.
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    ksio89 , October 8, 2013 12:38 PM
    I hope Sony (or some user) indeed releases drivers for Windows. I really don't dig X360 gamepads (and I don't appreciate X1 controller either based on the imagens I've seen so far). Never got used to d-pad, triggers orientation compared with L2/R2 shoulder buttons and thumbsticks placement, they feel very weird compared with Dual Shock line of controllers. I prefer DirectInput to Xinput as well. The DS4 controller looks very comfortable, if my current Thrustmaster controller dies any soon, I'll certainly look for a DS4 controller to replace it.

    The issue is that most game developers nowadays are lazy and don't implement DirectInput support , only Xinput, which will create a lot of hassle for users, such as having to use XBCE app to emulate Xinput.
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    alextheblue , October 8, 2013 4:19 PM
    Someone will probably develop third party drivers for it to enable more than just basic functionality, so no worries. But if someone asks me for a recommendation, it is still going to be Xbox controllers. A lot of it has to do with support. The Xbox controllers get first-party MS drivers, so it's easy to get it running right out of the box without me having to get involved. Just plug it in and go. Also they have good game support, with many games even having a profile for the Xbox controllers for simple configuration.