The PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller will be compatible with PCs for "basic functions" without a driver, PlayStation's president of worldwide studios said over Twitter. While "basic functions" weren't further defined, that's still better than the DualShock 3, which needs a whole lot of work to perform any functions.
Shuhei Yoshida tweeted the news yesterday in reply to someone asking if the company would release a driver making the controller Windows PC-compatible. Here's the reply.
@Napo2k the analog sticks and buttons will work just fine— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) October 4, 2013
Asked to clarify if that really meant out-of-the-box compatibility, Yoshida said:
@Napo2k for basic functions, yes— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) October 4, 2013
Joystiq, which noticed the Tweet yesterday afternoon, points out that many non-Microsoft controllers show up as Xbox controllers on a Windows PC because they have the Xinput API, which the DualShock 3 lacks. Yoshida didn't go into more detail on how the DualShock 4 registers to a PC, or what functions it will have out of the box, saying instead: