PlayStation 4 Controller Will Work in Windows Out-of-the-box, Sony Confirms

Posted on October 7, 2013 12:05 PM by Rob Williams

Given the fact that the PlayStation 3’s gamepad was a total chore to get working on the PC (at least in Windows), I would have never anticipated the experience with the upcoming PlayStation 4 gamepad to be any better. This is one of those times when I’m glad my assumptions are wrong, however.

Sony PlayStation 4 DualShock Gamepad

Out-of-the-box, the PlayStation 4 gamepad will plug into a PC and just work, at least with its basic functions in tact, such as the buttons, analog sticks and so forth. Advanced functionality, such as the touch pad, are sure to require special drivers, and those won’t come from Sony. Because the gamepad can plug in and seemingly work without drivers, it seems likely that the gamepad would operate just fine under Linux as well, and possibly even Mac OS X (I am not sure what the gamepad support there is like).

For those who prefer the design of Sony’s gamepads, this is undoubtedly going to be considered a big win. While I prefer the Xbox 360 gamepad, I tried to get my PS3 gamepad working under Windows years ago, and the experience was less-than-pleasant. I was much easier able to get the gamepad working under Linux – simply plugging it in was all that was required.

Microsoft confirmed not long ago that the Xbox One’s gamepad would also work in Windows not long after launch, and overall, this is great to see.

  • Jamie Fletcher

    All I can say is… about damn time. The lack of official driver support for the PS3 controller was just asinine, at least Sony’s learning… maybe. Also, the reason for the abysmal PS3 support was due to third-party drivers, littered with adware and inconsistent behaviour. Since both PS4 and XBOX One are now both just PCs at heart, there really is no reason for a lack of out-of-box support with the controllers on Windows and Linux.

  • zacharyt1122

    Oh man this makes me really happy. This is a big win for PC gamers, as it makes it easier for people like me who would rather not jump through hoops to get it to work. Your turn Nintendo (nah, jk, nobody wants to use their controller.)

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