PlayStation's DualShock 4 controller works with PCs
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 00:10
In the gaming industry, Microsoft has had the biggest advantage over Nintendo and Sony for years because their Xbox 360 gamepad works seamlessly with PCs, according to extremetech.com’s James Plafke.
However, some say that trend is about to change.
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., tweeted that the PlayStation 4 controller will work on PCs "for basic functions." Basic functions include controlling the analog sticks and buttons.
This is a step forward for Sony after their previous controller, the DualShock 3, needed drivers like the "DS3 Tool" installed before it could work on PCs. This was a tedious process compared to the 360 gamepad, where it was plug and play.
Junior computer science student Dustin Hamann said that DualShock 4’s compatibility isn’t exactly a plus for PC gaming and that this feature won’t change a lot of consumers’ minds who are already set on what they want.
"I don’t think it’s a boon, necessarily," Hamann said. "It’s just a luxury to have, really. Besides, those who want an Xbox One will get one. The same goes for those who want a PlayStation 4. They’ll still get one.
Plafke wrote that the DualShock 4 should support "Xinput" API, a driver that allows the computer to recognize any gamepad as a 360 controller.
"If Sony gave its new gamepad Xinput support, the company would be relenting a little bit," Plafke said. "But it already won the bigger battle of Blu-ray, so perhaps it won’t mind using Xinput."
Sony also has an advantage on Microsoft because of the timing. According to Alexis Santos from engadet.com, Xbox One’s gamepad won’t be compatible with PC’s until 2014 because of coding issues.
Junior criminal justice major Shannon Jackson said Xbox One’s controller not being compatible with PCs right away was "dumb" and that DualShock 4’s immediate compatibility was an incentive for her to purchase a PS4.
"Microsoft should’ve been prepared for that," Jackson said. "I play PC games, so the PS4’s gamepad compatibility kind of makes me want to get a PS4 for a nice bonus. I don’t want to wait another year for One’s gamepad to work with my PC."
Hamann said that controllers being compatible with PC’s only give way to the bigger picture of the gaming industry.
"It’s all going back to PCs," Hamann said. "Consoles are looking and behaving more like PCs these days. So having PC compatibility with next-gen just cements that fact."