Sony has confirmed that the Playstation 4's controller will be compatible with Windows PC by default.
New features of the DualShock 4 including improved motion detection and the social sharing button are unlikely to be PC compatible.
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.