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PS4 controllers to be Windows PC compatible

PS4 controllers to be Windows PC compatible

New features of the DualShock 4 including improved motion detection and the social sharing button are unlikely to be PC compatible.

Sony has confirmed that the Playstation 4's controller will be compatible with Windows PC by default.

Responding to a question over Twitter as to whether Sony would be releasing PC drivers for the new controllers, Sony Computer Entertainment president of worldwide studios Shuheu Yoshida stated that the controller's basic functions will work 'just fine'.

The tweets, reported by Joystiq, explained that this basic functionality will encompass the analogue sticks and the buttons. How many, if any, of the controllers' extra features including motion detection will be usable is unclear.

The Playstation 3's DualShock 3 controllers can function with Windows PC computers at present, but do require third party drivers to be installed to get them to function. By contrast, the Xbox 360 controller is fully compatible.

Non-Microsoft controllers often feature the XInput API, which allows them to register as if they were Xbox controllers, a feature that the DualShock 3 lacks. Yoshida did not confirm whether or not the DualShock 4 would register as such which suggests that it might be adopting this API instead.

Further details on the full compatibility of the controller will be made available after the Playstation 4's launch. The Playstation 4 release date is 15 November in North America and 29 November in the UK.

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edzieba 7th October 2013, 16:35 Quote
Excellent news! The DS3 was always a bit of a pain to get working.
wafflesomd 7th October 2013, 17:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by edzieba
Excellent news! The DS3 was always a bit of a pain to get working.

http://betterds3.ciebiera.net/
SchizoFrog 7th October 2013, 17:50 Quote
It's about time Sony followed MS and supplied the PC gaming community a controller. I've been using the XBox 360 controller for years as PC alternatives just can't compete in my opinion. Now we have a choice...
scuppy 7th October 2013, 18:12 Quote
Good news if M$ have said that they won't be prioritising driver support for the XB1 controller for Windows.
Eiffie 7th October 2013, 18:26 Quote
This is great news, I love the playstation controller layout but never liked any of the imitations that much to spend the $. Since I got a ps4 on pre-order I guess this will be my new gamepad for PC as well.
SimonStern 7th October 2013, 19:12 Quote
I hate that stupid xinput api. I have had an adapter for Playstation controllers for 10+ years that allowed ps1 and ps2 controllers of all types to work flawlessly with any game I wanted them to. Then suddenly over the past year newer games won't recognize any controllers through that adapter, or any of the other adapters I have, or anything that's not an xbox controller. I personally don't like the xbox controller and it sucks when I get a game on steam that says "full controller support" and then it only works with xbox controllers rather than any other controller I have that has worked for many years through many OS's and many many games.

Maybe I'll pick one up for use on the computer, if the prices aren't outrageous.
Porkins' Wingman 7th October 2013, 21:09 Quote
Another sign of the impending convergence of consoles and pcs....? Could be some great gaming years ahead, if so.
SchizoFrog 8th October 2013, 00:19 Quote
It baffles me that people complain about PC support for out dated console controllers when you can't use those controllers with current gen consoles. The DS3 issue is different and down to Sony, as for MS and XBox One controllers working with PCs, I am sure they will, maybe not from launch but if not then I am sure then soon after. They want a complete eco system after all, it would just be stupid if they didn't introduce PC support for the controllers.
wafflesomd 8th October 2013, 01:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by SimonStern
I hate that stupid xinput api. I have had an adapter for Playstation controllers for 10+ years that allowed ps1 and ps2 controllers of all types to work flawlessly with any game I wanted them to. Then suddenly over the past year newer games won't recognize any controllers through that adapter, or any of the other adapters I have, or anything that's not an xbox controller. I personally don't like the xbox controller and it sucks when I get a game on steam that says "full controller support" and then it only works with xbox controllers rather than any other controller I have that has worked for many years through many OS's and many many games.

Maybe I'll pick one up for use on the computer, if the prices aren't outrageous.

Theres a few 360 controller emulators that work just fine.
SimonStern 10th October 2013, 22:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
It baffles me that people complain about PC support for out dated console controllers when you can't use those controllers with current gen consoles.

Actually I can. I have plugged the ps1/2 to usb adapter into my ps3 and used the older controllers to play games without issue. But besides that it's not just "out dated console controllers" the problem is that any controller, console or PC, that doesn't use their api either doesn't work well or at all. At least from what I've experienced and what I've read or heard from others on the matter.

They can have their ecosystem all they want, it doesn't bother me one bit, but do they need to do it to the detriment of people who don't want a part of it?
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
Theres a few 360 controller emulators that work just fine.

I'm sure they do work just fine but my point is they really shouldn't have to. The term "if it ain't broke don't fix it" comes to mind. To me the controller situation was fine, most anything I plugged in was pretty much plug and play and any game that had controller support could use it. Then Microsoft decided they wanted to change it, in my opinion, without a valid reason. So I see it as they took away long time functionality and added zero benefit in return, thus "I hate that stupid xinput api" :D
AmEv 11th October 2013, 01:05 Quote
Still have as of yet to get my Original Xbox controller working under 7x64.

Works perfectly in Linux, OOB!
Corky42 6th June 2014, 08:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
as for MS and XBox One controllers working with PCs, I am sure they will, maybe not from launch but if not then I am sure then soon after.

Better late than never..

PC Drivers for the Xbox One Controller Now Available
http://majornelson.com/2014/06/05/pc-drivers-for-the-xbox-one-controller-available-now/
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Beginning today, new PC drivers for the Xbox One controller will be available for download, offering PC gamers a better way to play using the Xbox One controller. We’re planning to release the drivers as part of a Windows update in the near future; however, today, I am happy to offer early access to our dedicated PC gamers on MajorNelson.com.
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