We recently learned that, this generation, the PS4′s DualShock 4 controller would work with PCs out of the box, unlike the PS3′s DualShock 3. Now, a video has surfaced that shows the DualShock 4 working with the Xbox 360. If the video isn’t staged in some way, does that also mean the PS4 controller is also compatible with the Xbox One?
Last generation, Microsoft’s console got a massive amount of exposure thanks to the PC gaming scene, as the Xbox 360′s gamepad doubled as a competent PC gamepad. Many PC games had built-in support for the controller — complete with on-screen button prompts and controls specifically labeled with the 360 gamepad’s layout. Certain PC games were even designed for the 360 gamepad more than they were designed for the keyboard and mouse combo. Sony obviously realized what that exposure meant to Microsoft last generation, and has already made sure the DualShock 4 would be compatible with PC games. If this newly surfaced video isn’t staged, it would appear Sony has made sure its next-gen controller worked with the competition’s hardware.
The video shows a DualShock 4 controlling an Xbox 360. We don’t know how some YouTuber got ahold of a DualShock 4 almost one month ahead of the PS4′s launch, but if the internet is to be believed, some random kid already got ahold of a retail Xbox One. So, stranger things have already happened.
According to the YouTube video’s comments, the DualShock 4 was made compatible with the Xbox 360 through the use of JoyToKey, a Cronus dongle, and the Cronus Bullseye software. JoyToKey is a piece of software that converts gamepad controls to keyboard and mouse controls. The magic was mainly performed through the Cronus Device, which is a USB adapter that allows you to use any combination of controller and console — a PS3 on a PC, an Xbox 360 controller on a PS3, and so on.
The Cronus dongle requires a wired connection, which means that you can’t use your PS4′s DualShock 4 from the comfort of the your couch that’s too far away from the living room TV. Due to the use of the third-party Cronus adapter, this also means that Sony hasn’t performed some technological voodoo that makes the DualShock 4 compatible with the Xbox One. However, it does mean Sony and Microsoft haven’t (yet) blocked the ability to use either console’s controllers on a competing device.
If the above video turns out to be a real demonstration, then what it means for gamers is that with a little extra money, you won’t be tied down by console-specific controllers if, for example, your hand doesn’t fit comfortably around certain controller contours. Of course, using the Cronus means your brain will still have to fit comfortably around seeing on-screen prompts that display buttons different than those on your controller. Whatever the case may be — especially with the already established PC compatibility — we’re slowly inching closer to an age where you can use one gamepad to control all of your living room game consoles.