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Out of the box support may not be that great with the PS4 controller on PC. Buttons may need to be mapped in order for the controller to work as intended. Only games with DirectInput support will work out of the box. This means the user will need to install button mapping software or some other app that allow gaming profiles to be loaded easily to get a similar experience to using an XBox controller. Please note this only applies to Windows, which requires a wrapper such as DS4Windows for XInput support (and thus vibration and touchpad support). Linux supports all of the controller's features natively since kernel version 3.15. See More
I suspect all of us who use gamepads enough to form a preference have already done so long ago and all the mellifluous prose in the world I could summon to justify why it's the DualShock and nothing else for me is the right call would amount to nothing but a hill of beans in the long run. I'll spare us both then and just say this is the side of the fence I reside upon, and if you're genuinely undecided then by all means feel free to join us over here in paradise. The touchpad in this latest iteration really is stunningly useful. See More
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In order to get easy wireless support as well as button mapping and loading of profiles the user can install a third party app called DS4Windows. While this is an extra step, the features it offers are worthwhile for anyone looking to get full compatibility with the controller. See More
Some recent games will work with the PS4 controller without the need of an app/driver to emulate the XBox controller, and you will see PS4 button prompts on the screen (cross, square, circle, triangle, etc.). Some example games are: The Division (Ubisoft), Rocket League and Paragon (Epic Games / Early Access). See More
There is a large supply of these Xbox 360 controllers on the second-hand market. This is an easy way to get them for a much lower price, especially since many people don't care about price they sell it at or just aren't aware of the value of this controller. See More
The controller is very comfortable to hold and allows you to play for hours without tiring your hands. The controller's shape is well-designed, the buttons are well positioned and not slippery. This is one of the reasons, the Xbox 360 controller has been the first go-to for many experienced gamers. Compared to the wireless option, this controller is lighter and less bulky, since it doesn't have a battery pack at the back of the controller. On the contrary, since it's wired, it does have a limited range. This means you can not move very far from the screen. See More
The NW/NE and SW/SE directions on the d-pad feel a bit wonky as they do not always register or register with a delay. The controls for the d-pad almost feel lie it is meant to be a four way d-pad over and eight way. Definitely is not one of the better d=pads out there and may be a hinderance in games that require good d-pad control. See More
Considering this is a controller designed by Valve, it should come as no surprise that the integration with Steam is quite good. The user can easily launch into Big Picture mode straight from the controller for ease of use. The controller is plug and play, so there is little to mess around with in order to get going. For those that would like to customize the button layout, Steam allows for this in their settings. See More
It's great for games without any other controller support. But it is subpar on any game that does. See More
The controller does not have much weight or heft to it and the entire things is made out of light plastic giving it a cheap feel, something akin to a $20 controller for one Android or iOS device. The face buttons on the device are also small, with the shoulder buttons feeling stiff. Overall the lack of attention to detail with the buttons and the overall feel of cheap material gives a sense that this is not the most well designed or thought out controller on the market. See More
The touchpads on the device are designed to emulate a mouse when playing games, but they are not as accurate and will at times require a lot of swipes in order to just turn a character around or even just look around. This lack of accuracy and delay in how long it takes to get the movement required may be difficult to get used to. See More
There is an available Xbox Wireless Adapter available from Microsoft that costs $24.99 that needs to be used in order for wireless to work with the controller and PC. This is an extra purchase that many may not want to make in order to have wireless compatibility. See More
IMO the most feature-packed and practical controller for the PC. I'm using the latest Xbox One S controller for my PC and I think it's the best out of all I used (Xbox 360, OG Xbox One, PS4 controller and Logitech F710 ) I feel the ergonomics is a step up from the 360 controller. I also like the on-board 3.5mm jack which allows me to play audio wirelessly using my IEMs. This feature only works with the Wireless Adapter or a tethered connection though, and not through Bluetooth. See More
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