Dual Shock 4 to be PC-friendly

PlayStation 4.

PlayStation 4.

Peter Nelis, ClickOnline.com

, Last Updated: 1:50 PM ET

Head of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has confirmed that the PlayStation 4's retooled controller, the DualShock 4, will be compatible with Windows PCs right out of the box - however he has also noted that not all the controller's functionality will be unlocked right away.

The new controller, which features gyroscopic motion control, a new light bar and a special touch pad, will have its most basic functionality available for PC gamers when it launches next month. That means that all the buttons, triggers and analog sticks will work just fine, however PC gamers may be waiting a while before they can access the more advanced features of the controller - if at all.

Curiously, this gives Sony fans a distinct edge over their Microsoft counterparts, as MS has claimed that the Xbox One's controller may not receive the necessary software to function with Windows until next year - something that's strange given the fact that it's Microsoft at the helm of both platforms.

Are you happy to stick to your Xbox 360 controller on the PC (when not playing FPS games, of course), or are you willing to give the DS4 a go? Having spent some time with it earlier this year, we're confident in saying that those who haven't been a fan of previous DualShock designs will feel a lot more at home given the wealth of improvements and new design features.


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