How to use your PS4 controller on PC, iPhone, iPad, Android

Recently, Apple discussed their updated iOS 7 and that they have made it easier for 3rd party gamepad support. In the past it was difficult for game developers to integrate “real” gaming controllers into their games. There were a lot of hoops that developers had to jump through and as a result, there hasn’t been a great deal of options if you want to game on your iPhone or iPad. Thankfully Apple has addressed this problem with a better solution within iOS 7. Also you might have an Android phone or tablet. If you’re a gamer (if you’re reading this article on our site, obviously you’re a gamer) then I would suspect that the virtual game pad or touch game controls aren’t very satisfying. Have no fear, your PS4 DualShock 4 is here! We are going to give you the tutorials and details that you need so that you can take that lovely and familiar PS4 controller and use it to game on a wide range of mobile devices which you most likely own at least one of. Tablets, smartphones and PC’s all have games and to play them properly, you need an excellent gamepad/joystick. You spend a good amount of money on controllers, so why not use them to the max? I would suggest that if you’re using your Playstation 4 controller on an Android or iOS game, chances are you’re going to win a heck of a lot more. That has to count for something right?

Update: According to a tweet from President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida, the PS4 controller will work on PC. Here is a quote from his recent tweet when asked about PC compatibility with the DualShock 4:

the analog sticks and buttons will work just fine – October 4, 2013, Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment.

Beyond confirming that it will function on a PC, Yoshida says that the PS4 controller will have compatibility by default for “basic functions”. I would assume that he is referring to buttons and analogue sticks. The touchpad is something in my opinion that will require a specific driver for Windows PC usage. Overall, this is simply fantastic news! See the official Tweet here.

Ultimately what the PS4 DualShock 4 controller needs for PC and Window compatibility is XInput API. If the XInput API isn’t present, then an outside driver will be required. Based on what Yoshida stated in the Tweet, it appears that the XInput may be present. That will at the very least all for a Windows PC to recognize the controller as an Xbox controller. Not ideal, but the buttons will be functional as with the thumbsticks. Yoshida did not confirm whether the PS4 controller would be recognized as such when plugged into a PC. Considering the evidence out there, it’s likely recognized as an Xbox controller at the very least. We are closely watching news so check back for further details.

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