Yes, You Can Use DualShock 4 Controllers With Your PC

The PS4 is still some weeks away, but the DualShock 4 controller is already out in the wild and available for purchase.

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.

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3 Comments on Yes, You Can Use DualShock 4 Controllers With Your PC


On October 31, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Microsoft will always win this one. They will always have the advantage for PC games to use their controller (which is to be expected). Unless the next best seller is exclusively on Mac that is (which…just won’t ever happen lol). I like to see Sony encouraging their controller though. It may help push developers to feel a need to include controller support for their games if they feel more gamers will be able to utilize it.


On November 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I’d be glad to pick one of these up if it ever becomes fully supported on PC. I miss playing fighting games with a dpad. The 360 controller isn’t comfortable for me at all in that genre.


On November 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Here’s hoping Sony releases drivers to improve the support for PS4 controller’s on PC. If not, basic functionality works surprisingly well (if you don’t mind the lack of rumble that is). Works wireless on PC too if you have a blue-tooth receiver on your motherboard. Only problem is you DO need X360ce for any games that require Xinput for controller support.