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PlayStation 4 controller works 'by default' with Windows PC
PlayStation 4 controller works 'by default' with Windows PC
October 7, 2013 | By Mike Rose

October 7, 2013 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The DualShock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4 will work out of the box with a Windows PC, Sony has confirmed.

Previously, the PS3's DualShock 3 controller required special drivers and third-party software to work with a Windows PC, while the Xbox 360 controller is PC-compatible.

Now SCE president Shuhei Yoshida has revealed via Twitter that the DualShock 4 controller will work "by default" with a Windows PC, adding that it is compatible "for basic functions."

Multiple developers who have access to a DS4 controller, including Retro City Rampage creator Brian Provinciano, have since confirmed that this is the case.

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Hakim Boukellif
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The DualShock 3 is actually recognized by PCs as a USB HID game controller by PCs even without drivers, but has been purposely made to not send inputs when it's aware that it's connected to a PC for some reason. I guess this turnaround is another step to appeal the PS4 as an indie-friendly system?

I hope it catches on, if only to reduce the amount of PC games that only use XInput for game controller input because they've only ever been tested with Xbox 360 controllers (I'm looking at you, Spelunky).

Jarod Smiley
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Yeah, but will the touch screen (track pad) work as well?

Wyatt Epp
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So I'm guessing it's exposed as a generic HID-compliant gamepad by default? If so, good; that's exactly what it should do.

Merc Hoffner
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I guess if your margins are better on the controller than on the console then maybe it's a good backup plan. which leads me on to a second point: could this be an early step to their Gaikai PS3/PS4 service opening up on PC? The DS4 maybe no more an HID device (RAS syndrome, I know) than the Wiimote or the DS3, but they didn't have to go advertise the fact - yet they have.

Camilo R
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This could make it better for games that share an online component between PC and PS4 and are better suited for controllers.

Curtis Turner - IceIYIaN
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If you cannot defeat Windows, join em! X-BoX had the upper hand last round.

Will I need some kind of special receiver for wireless ones, like 360 gamepads? Or if I have Bluetooth will it accept that?

Lorenzo Gatti
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"Compatible for basic functions" means "partly compatible with painfully reverse-engineered unofficial drivers" until proved otherwise. Better than deliberate obstruction, but not particularly good.

Lukas Hagg
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This is great news as far as I'm concerned. I don't mind the 360 pad as a controller, but I DO mind it becoming the de-facto standard controller for PC. I do not like XInput, at all. So PS4 pad working with PC, definitely a good thing.

Maurício Gomes
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I hate XInput as API.

And I think 360 controller is awful, but that is more a thing of taste.

Currently I am playing my games using a pirated Dual Shock 2 (original Dual Shock 2 here is half of a month mininum wage), with X360CE when the game stupidly use XInput (even that do not always work... some XInput games do not work properly at all, no matter what you do)