PC will recognize 'basic functions' from PS4's DualShock 4
About a month ago, we mentioned the possibility of the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller working natively with PCs. Sony never addressed the issue, but over the weekend Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, confirmed the controller will have compatibility "for basic functions" on Windows PCs right out of the box.
When asked if Sony would release a driver for the DS4 to make it compatible with Windows PCs, Yoshida tweeted, "the analog sticks and buttons will work just fine." He reiterated that "basic functions" should work by default, thought it remains unclear exactly what those functions entail. I'm assuming the touchpad won't be supported at launch.
As Joystiq points out, it also remains unclear whether Windows will recognize the DualShock 4 as a DualShock 4, as it recognizes the Xbox 360 controller as an Xbox pad. This is due to the inclusion of XInput API, which the current generation DualShock 3 lacks. When pressed about this issue, Yoshida was a bit more mysterious, telling followers to "wait for field report after the launch."
Thankfully, launch is just about a month away as the PS4 launches November 15th here in North America.