• Sony DualShock 4 USB Adapter

Sony DualShock 4 USB Adapter (Photo : Twitter)

Sony has announced a USB adapter to connect the DualShock 4 controller to PCs and Macs although Bluetooth already links the PlayStation 4 gamepad to computers. Microsoft's Xbox One S controller added Bluetooth for that purpose but until snow only third-party software can trick PCs into detecting the DualShock as an Xbox 360 controller. The new PS dongle seems to be addressing the issue that many PlayStation fans have complained the PS4 controller's Bluetooth connection with PCs is not steady.

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Sony explained that the new gadget will wirelessly connect a Dual Shock 4 to PCs and Macs. However, the quintessential problem with the Bluetooth connection between PS4 controllers and PCs is likely a driver issue instead of a hardware problem.   

All supported gaming features will work for the PS4 controller. That includes buttons, touch pad, analog sticks, motion sensors, vibration, light bar, and stereo headset jack.     

The Japanese conglomerate's new device functions with all PC applications of Sony's cloud service PlayStation Now and console feature Remote Play. However it is unclear if DualShock4 will now work with all PC games that are gamepad compatible, according to PCWorld.

Gamers who want to use a DualShock 4 controller to play PC games can also download DS4 Tool software. It allows the PS4 controller to work with the PC's XInput controller driver. The software is updated regularly and is very reliable.    

The Xbox One controller has become the first choice for most PC gamers. Time will tell if Sony's dongle can earn a large piece of the market share.  

The DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter is set to be released in early September. It will have a $25 price tag.

In related news, Sony is bringing its PlayStation Now game-streaming service to Windows PCs, according to Wired. The service that lets players access PS3 games is now only available for PS4 and some Sony TV sets.   

PC owners running Windows 7 or higher and meeting hardware requirements will now have access to the cloud service's big library of more than 400 games. There are also plans to release PC-only game titles from famous franchises including "God of War" and "Uncharted".  

Sony's new app will launch in Europe soon and be followed with a North American rollout.

Here's how to connect a PS4 controller to PCs: