Yes, You Can Use DualShock 4 Controllers With Your PC
While new controllers are a primary concern of console gamers, plenty of PC gamers keep a controller handy for certain kinds of games. GamesRadar has a great write-up about using the DualShock 4 with your PC. While GR confirms that the controller works, they do point out the serious flaws with the setup. Because the DS4 uses an older API, rumble and vibration are disabled, you can’t connect a headset to the controller, and the precision of the triggers is diminished. In short: Stick with the Xbox controller, at least until Sony makes PC support for the DS4 officially official.
As someone who doesn’t particularly love the PS3 controller, my feelings about the new DS4 controller are not nearly as harsh. The concave joystick tops feel nicer on the thumbs, the triggers aren’t downright terrible anymore, and the redesigned, more circular grips feel better in-hand. I still prefer the layout of Microsoft’s controllers, but the DS4 is a massive improvement over the DS3. You can use the DS4 with your PS3 (but not wirelessly), so if you aren’t crazy about the DualShock 3, either, it might be worth pairing a new controller with an old console, even if it’s only for a few weeks.