The Xbox One and PS4 are only a few weeks away. Set to be released just a week apart, Sony and Microsoft continue to battle over undecided gamers’ hearts.
Over the past few months, Sony has continued to exceed where Microsoft has faltered. There was the whole DRM/online connection debacle at E3 2013, and then Microsoft caused more controversy when it said that the Xbox One controllers would not work on PCs.
Sony decided to use that as a marketing opportunity and make its controllers compatible with PCs. Sony also said that the company was making efforts to make PS4 controllers more PC-friendly than PS3 controllers, which had their fair share of connection problems and compatibility issues.
The news was announced over Twitter by Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios for Sony. Specifically, Yoshida confirmed that the PS4 controller will enable the analog sticks and buttons by default and that the controller “will work just fine” on Windows PCs.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/Napo2k”>@Napo2k</a> for basic functions, yes</p>— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) <a href=”https://twitter.com/yosp/statuses/386257948487340032″>October 4, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Microsoft didn’t say that Xbox One controllers will never work on the PC. Instead, they said that Microsoft would not get around to releasing Xbox One controller drivers for Windows until an indeterminate point in 2014. Meanwhile, Sony’s controllers will work from launch.
Sony has not yet announced whether its DS4 (DualShock 4) controllers will work over wireless internet, Bluetooth, or a wired connection.
However, all Sony PlayStation 4 consoles come with a controller and a wireless charging kit via micro-USB. If the controller doesn’t connect to PCs via Bluetooth or wireless connections, then it’s possible it could use the micro-USB connection instead.
Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers cost $60, although you get one controller with each purchase of a PS4 and Xbox One.
Are you getting a PS4 or Xbox One? Or are you sticking with your trustworthy PC? Personally, I think I’ll stick with my high-powered PC + Xbox 360 controller combo for now.