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.