The Dualshock 4 will be compatible with PCs running Windows “for basic functions”.
It appears that gamers will finally be able to use a Playstation controller to play games on their PCs without having to fiddle around with third party software. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, tweeted the news in reply to a user who was asking about Windows compatibility for the new PS4 controller.
Asked if Sony would release software to allow the Dualshock 4 to connect to the PC, Yoshida replied that the analog sticks and the buttons will work “just fine”. After further prodding, Yoshida revealed that the controller will be compatible out of the box with PCs “for basic functions.”
What Yoshida means by “basic functions” is not yet clear, but it seems as though the Dualshock 4 will be recognized by Windows and games will be playable, but the bells and whistles of the PS4 controller might not be fully utilized. Features such as analog triggers, the light bar, and the motion detector will probably not be compatible out of the box.
The current generation PS3 controller can work for PCs games, but it requires some know-how and extra software to get it up and running. Even then, it’s hardly ideal, as the controller is registered as an Xbox360 controller in the best case. It remains to be seen whether the Dualshock 4 will be recognized as a Dualshock 4 in Windows. When asked to clarify about this particular matter, Yoshida replied, “wait for field report after the launch.”