Sony executive promises basic compatibility with PC
The PS4’s DualShock 4 controllers will work with Windows PCs “by default” according to a series of tweets by Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios at Sony. Basic functions like the analog sticks and buttons will be available without extra drivers although the controller’s special functions, like the front-facing touchpad and gyroscope, won’t work.
Most PC-compatible game controllers function through Microsoft’s XInput Game Controller API which essentially makes any controller function as an Xbox 360 controller. The PS3’s DualShock 3 controller isn’t compatible without first installing third party drivers like Better DS3 whereas the wired 360 controller has plug-and-play compatibility.
With the PS4 set to launch in November, the DualShock 4 controller will be the first next-gen controller compatible with the PC. Microsoft has already revealed that the Xbox One controller won’t be ready for the PC until 2014.