Sony's DualShock 4 will work with Windows PCs out of the box

By Shawn Knight · 12 replies
Oct 7, 2013
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  1. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is scheduled to drop on November 15 in North America and when it does, PC gamers will be able to use the DualShock 4 controller for Windows-based games. The revelation comes courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide...

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  2. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    This must be sold separately then. I'd like to try this one out.
  3. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    No, they're not selling the controller separately. So everytime you break one, you have to spend $400 on a whole new system....

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  4. Blue Falcon

    Blue Falcon TS Addict Posts: 161   +51

    This is great news as a lot of PC gamers will consider PS4 over XB1 to begin with. For someone with an old controller, this is a cool perk.
  5. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +6

    So if Windows detects it as a gamepad, but the game is developed to support 360 controller, would the new PS4 controller work the same if it can be used via XInput?
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I think they will still sell controllers like they did with the PS3. Why would they stop doing that? That is a huge business for them since many people like using consoles to play with friends, hence being forced to pay $60.
  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Yes great news. Kudos Sony.
  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    JC missed the sarcasm in Reign's post it appears. Obviously controllers will be sold individually, that's where Sony makes profit on new console launches. Think, parents buying a PS4 for their kids will more than likely buy a 2nd controller, right there almost balancing out the $60 loss on said console.

    I'm just happy the controller will be supported natively out of the box, albeit to a minimum but its a start. It better not use Microsoft proprietary xinput BS, which is limited to 4 devices and was created for the 360, hence the new Xbox1 isn't even using it. Which may I add, Xbox 1 controllers won't be supported out of the box on Windows, way to go Microsoft, thumbs up!...
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  9. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 350   +112

    Hahaha, JC713 you might need to get your sarcasm detector tuned up a little :p Of course they'll sell the controllers separately. Although I'd expect them to be sold at a nice premium over the Duelshock 3 controllers.
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Fail on my part!!!! LOL.
  11. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    If it used Xinput could potentially work on the xbox one?
  12. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    It's simply no initial driver support that all give em chance to release it next year.

    "We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do too - we expect to have the functionality available in 2014," said a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to CVG, since verified by Eurogamer."
  13. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    See you say it's simply lack of driver support, however you would think Microsoft being Microsoft they could afford to have someone in house on the Windows dev team work out a driver in the last 3+ years of the Xbox1's development. But hey, I don't understand how one of the biggest corporations in the world works, guess I just don't know what I'm talking about...
    Darth Shiv likes this.

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