DualShock 4 on Windows 10 PC: Will it Work?

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

dual shock 4 on pcI absolutely love the DualShock 4 on the PlayStation 4 and am looking forward to spend a lot of time with it when I buy Sony’s latest edition of the PlayStation. But, you know that games for the PlayStation consoles sometimes aren’t exactly cheap, so for that we try to play games on the PC, usually using the controller for that.

Using the DualShock 4 on PC is especially awesome when it comes to sport games. For me, playing Pro Evolution Soccer or the never-ending FIFA series with keyboard buttons is a pain in the a$$, if you know what I’m saying. That’s why I am interested to find out whether the new DualShock 4 will work on PC or not. If you have the same curiosity, then read on to find out.

Will the DualShock 4 controller work on PC?

Of course, we are wondering whether or not DualShock 4 controller will work specifically on Windows PCs, as at the moment we don’t possess information for other operating systems. I really hope it will work on Windows 8, as well. By the way, here are the main features and specifications of the DualShock 4 controller, just as a little reminder:

  • Improved wireless conectivity
  • Improved dual analog sticks
  • Capacitive touch pad
  • Three-LEDs light bar
  • Share button for Ustream and social networks
  • Built-in speaker and stereo headset jack
  • Improved ergonomics shape
  • Enhanced vibration thanks to multiple motors

and some technical specifications before we discuss about how the DualShock 4 will work on Windows PCs:

  • Approximative 210g
  • USB (Micro B)
  • Extension Port
  • Buit-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery at 1000mAh
  • Bluetooth Ver 2.1 + EDR

The USB (Micro B) feature is what allows the DualShock 4 controller to be used on PCs. Obviously, it would be great if you could use it wirelessly, but maybe there will be soon a mod. We know that PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15 in the United States and November 29 in Europe, so only then will you get to experience the DualShock 4 controller on PCs, as well.

Recently, when asked via Twitter,  Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed that PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller will have compatibility “for basic functions” on Windows PCs, and that will be out of the box. However, at the moment, we don’t know exactly what he means by basic functions, though. Yoshida was also asked  if Sony would release a driver for the DualShock 4 in order to make it compatible with Windows PCs, and he said

the analog sticks and buttons will work just fine.

At the moment, unfortunately, we don’t know how exactly that translates into playing games, but we’ll keep on updating this article as we get more information on whether or not DualShock 4 will work for all games on Windows PCs. If, by any chance you get to know some inside information, let us know in the comments section.

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