Is PlayStation Adding PC Support for the DualShock 4?

By July 6, 2016

One of the biggest reasons I don’t play many PC games is because I’ve never been able to master the traditional “mouse and keyboard” setup. I’m sure it’s the sort of thing that becomes easier with practice, but after nearly 30 years of playing console games, I find that having an actual controller in my hand feels more natural.

Granted, there are plenty of PC titles that offer gamepad support, but PC controller options are pretty limited: you can either use a compatible Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, or opt for a cheaper (and typically lower quality) third-party brand. The Xbox controllers are fine, but they’re a bit too bulky for my liking, and longer play sessions tend to make my hands ache – if only there were a way to use my PlayStation 4 controller instead…

As luck would have it, that may soon become a viable option, as Eurogamer has spotted a new Sony FCC filing for a DualShock 4 Bluetooth Adapter. If you find yourself puzzling over the significance of such a thing, consider this: the PlayStation 4 already has built-in support for Bluetooth devices, so why would Sony need to manufacture an adapter for its DualShock controllers? The only real purpose for something like this would be to make the DualShock 4 compatible with other devices – like a PC.

This actually jives pretty closely with earlier comments from Sony’s executive vice president, Masayasu Ito, when he spoke to Eurogamer about using the upcoming PlayStation VR hardware in conjunction with a PC:

“The possibility exists since the PlayStation 4 shares many of its parts with the PC. At the moment, we’re concentrating on games so I have nothing to announce at this point, but we’re looking to expand in a variety of areas.”

Perhaps that expansion includes the ability to use a DualShock 4 to play the latest PC games. After all, sales figures indicate there are certainly more PlayStation 4 controllers in circulation than Xbox One peripherals, and this could easily open up a secondary market that Sony may not currently be tapped into. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about this mysterious new FCC filing.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).