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PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller

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Pros: Very accurate sticks, no finger cramp, gyro and accelerometer for greater control. small deadzone

Cons: Not anything solid, just nitpicking: lightbar, shoulder buttons should have been on back, speaker & headphone jack do not work on PC, keeps PC awake

[ This review is for DS4 on PC, not on PS4. It contains many mentions of Inputmapper. As the DS4 was not meant to be used in PC, it will be unfair to judge it without considering inputmapper support. Also, Inputmapper does not allow the controller to do things it was not designed to do. So it is still a review of the controller.]

DS4 is several steps ahead of any other controller that I have tried. It is not a revolution like Steam controller, but it is the ultimate classical controller, and I would suggest purchasing this even if if you are planning to purchase the Steam controller. A classic controller can always come in handy when playing fighting games or racing games, and I suspect that touchpads instead of analogue stick will be too much of a hassle for simple hack and slash games.

Improvements in design:
1. Thick triggers to prevent pain on index fingertips due to long racing sessions
2. Flatter chassis like xbox controllers for more comfortable positioning of middle fingers
3. Trigger pressure is (nearly) uniform
4. Classic Sony style D pad; very accurate
5. I have heard that the caps on analogue sticks peel off, but I am yet to have any such issue and I actually tried to forcefully peel the thing off. I guess Sony has fixed the issue.
6. Works in both wired and wireless mode, I have used in wireless for long term, but would still suggest sticking to wired connectivity.
7. Very small deadzone, can be further reduced to -50% using inputmapper, two deadzone modes: axial and radial. (of course deadzone can be increased too if you want that)

Not all games are DS4 compatible on PC. Steam big picture supports the controller. Arkham Knight supports it natively, and I can confirm that it works great (the controller, not the game:-). For other games, you need Inputmapper (free), and I have played entire Witcher 3 with that. I have used gyro and accelerometer to fly planes in Microsoft Flight Simulator X and it is immensely helpful to have a few more analogue axes in that game. I have also played racing with gyro steering. According to developers, soon Inputmapper will have the ability to map one analogue axis to the touchpad. Also, inputmapper can turn off the annoying lightbar. Inputmapper can't enable the speaker and headphone jack though, and according to devs, it is not possible to enable those.

I can't find any fault with the product. Unless you constantly keep comparing this to Steam controller, you will be fully satisfied with it.thumb.gif

Be warned though, while using it with inputmapper, the onscreen prompts will be Xbox prompts (ABXY) while the controller has [Cross Circle Square Triangle] mad.gif. You must be proficient enough in Xbox controls to be able to press the correct button without looking, or find some stickers.

Note: Apparently the deadzone is a little too small. The DS4 controller can keep the PC awake by constantly sending movement signals. As far as my knowledge goes, there is no fix other than simply disconnecting the controller when not needed.

Posted

Pros: Very comfortable, well built, featuresome controller

Cons: Does not come with a cable, will not work out of the box like a Xb360/XbOne Controller

Hello all!

Today, I'm reviewing an unlikely contender in the PC peripheral market, the PS4 controller. Sold individually, these controllers are meant for PS4 console owners to add to or replace their existing controllers.

I decided to buy one to use for my PC.

Immediate thoughts. "Where's my cable?!". Good thing I can never keep a box closed once I'm out of the store, because I was not even 15ft away from a technology reseller. Belkin Micro-USB, $15 for 3 meters. Problem solved, not as nicely as the XbOne Controller for Windows, but solved.

Upon sitting the controller with my usual PC peripherals, it didn't seem out of place. Or even unusual. It looks, pleasant. Like a warm breeze on a lukewarm day.



Now, the other problem. Windows won't have an issue detecting it, but don't get excited. You can't use it, yet. In order to make the device useable, you have to download InputMapper. This program will make the controller detect as an Xbox 360 controller. Thankfully, once this process is complete, you can use almost everything, including the vibration motors, Sixaxis and even use the touchpad as a mouse (with a click button!). Unfortunately, you cannot use the headphone jack as yet. The light bar on the back can be used as a battery indicator.

I've played quite a few different games and am yet to find a culpable issue with it. Operates perfectly.

The axis' are very accurate and center perfectly, as do the triggers. The thumbsticks and triggers feel very nice, and the triggers have a curve on them, so your finger doesn't slide out (see: PS3 controller design).


Back of the controller, featuring the light bar and revised triggers.


Back and bottom of the controller, very ergonomic.

Sony truly went all out with the design of this thing! Bravo, despite the PC relevant flaws, it is fantastic.

Also, this controller is compatible with the PS3 console, added bonus.
PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller
Description:

External Dimensions: Approx. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection) Weight: Approx. 210g (tentative) Keys / Switches: PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), R1/L1/R2/L2/R3/L3, Right stick, Left stick, Touch Pad Button Touch Pad: 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer) Other Features: Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker Ports: USB (Micro B), Extention Port, Stereo Headset Jack Wireless communication: Bluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR Battery: • Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery • Voltage: DC3.7V (tentative) • Capacity: 1000mAh (tentative)

Details:
DetailValue
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FeatureThe feel, shape, and sensitivity of the dual analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved to provide a greater sense of control. The new multi-touch and clickable touch pad on the face of the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller opens up worlds of new gameplay possibilities. The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller features a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack. The addition of the Share button makes utilizing the social capabilities of the PlayStation 4 as easy as the push of a button.
Genreaction-games
LabelSony Computer Entertainment
ManufacturerSony Computer Entertainment
Model10037
MPN10037
PlatformPlayStation 4
PublisherSony Computer Entertainment
SKU10037
StudioSony Computer Entertainment
TitlePlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller
UPC711719100379
DepartmentVideo Games
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Item Height7.25 inches
Item Length6.75 inches
Item Width2.5 inches
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Package Height2.6 inches
Package Length7.3 inches
Package Weight0.75 pounds
Package Width6.7 inches
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PartNumber10037
ProductGroupVideo Games
ProductTypeNameVIDEO_GAME_ACCESSORIES
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Item Weight0.74 pounds
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