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DualShock 4 Controllers Review for Shadow

Keyboard and Mouse may be the king for PC gaming, but sometimes it is just nice to sit back in your chair, relax, hook up that controller, and play your favorite games...


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DualShock 4 Controllers Review for Shadow

Keyboard and Mouse may be the king for PC gaming, but sometimes it is just nice to sit back in your chair, relax, hook up that controller, and play your favorite games!

Today, I will be reviewing the DualShock 4 controller, and how well it works with Shadow on a Windows machine as well as the Shadow Ghost. Find out how the controller works via wired or Bluetooth, and the latency of using both.

Let us get started!

DualShock 4 (DS4) Controller

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The DualShock 4 is the 4th generation of the DualShock controller that has been the default controller for the PlayStation since its debut back in 1994.

The DualShock 4 is the 2nd generation of DualShock controllers to feature wireless capabilities, and the first generation to feature touch controls.

Build Quality and Design

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The DualShock 4 is slicker, more rounded version of the DualShock controller many of us have known growing up.

It is made of plastic, with rubber nobs for the thumbsticks. It feels sturdy and can take a bit of a beating (trust me ;) ).

The DualShock 4 features 4 buttons on each side. The left side allowing for directional movements, and the right side featuring the iconic Triangle, Square, Circle, Cross that many have come to love.

The DualShock 4 also features two analog thumbsticks with a dip on the base of them to allow for a more ergonomic placement of your thumbs.

Between the analog sticks and the buttons, you will find a new touchpad, that acts as a button, as well as a "Share" and "Start" buttons.

On the top of the DualShock 4, you will see four triggers, two on each side. You will also see a LED light, as well as a Micro-USB port to charge your controller, as well as directly connecting the controller if you prefer that over wireless.

Performance

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The DualShock 4 controller sports rumble features, motion controls, as well as a built-in mini speaker and a 3.5mm jack for your headphones.

Each of these features up your gaming level, especially the motion controls. This allows for game designers to add extra features from movement-based actions to steering your car in your favorite racing game.

The rumble feature is fairly standard in most controllers these days, and the mini-speaker + the 3.5mm audio port allows you to hook up your headphones without having to worry about a cord getting in your way!

Overall, the performance of the DualShock 4 is incredibly good. Which it should be, as it is the flagship controller distributed with the Playstation 4.

Using it with Shadow

Shadow Client (Windows)

Wired Connection

The Shadow Client detects my DualShock 4 the moment I connect it via USB. This is not using USB-over-IP.

Shadow was able to detect the DualShock 4 and install the Windows XBOX 360 drivers to run the controller.

Navigating to HTML5 GamePad to test if the gamepad is operational, I get a successful connection, and all buttons appear to work.

Loading up Final Fantasy XIV, the game picks up my controller as a DualShock controller, and I can use it with little to no latency.

The DualShock 4 appears to be plug and play when using the Shadow Client on a Windows 10 computer.

Do note, that I used the USB 3.0 ports, as the laptop I was testing with did not have USB 2.0 ports. Results may vary.

Bluetooth Connection

My Windows 10 PC discovered the DualShock 4, however, none of the inputs would register. This also leads to the Shadow PC not detecting it as well :(.

Shadow Ghost

Wired Connection

Connecting it straight to my USB 3.0 Hub connected to my Shadow Ghost, my Shadow picks up my DualShock 4 as a "Wireless Controller".

Navigating to HTML5 GamePad to test if the gamepad is operational, I get a successful connection, and all buttons appear to work.

Loading up Final Fantasy XIV, the game picks up my controller as a DualShock controller, and I can use it with little to no latency.

It is just plug and play with a USB 3 port, and a wired USB connection for the Dual Shock 4.

Bluetooth Connection

My Shadow Ghost was able to detect my DualShock 4 Controller as a "Wireless Controller" via the Bluetooth menu on the Shadow Ghost launcher, however, I was not able to get it to work with any games I attempted to use it with.

Final Thoughts

Wired, the DualShock 4 was amazing. It was as simple as connecting it to a USB 3.0 port (on my Ghost), or an available USB port on my Windows 10 laptop. Once it was connected, Shadow noticed it, installed the drivers, and I was good to go.

Bluetooth, however, did not work as planned. The Ghost detected it, but I was unable to get the controller to work in my Shadow. My Windows 10 PC failed to get it working altogether.

Remember, results may vary! If you can get Bluetooth to work, then that is great! But, for me, I was not able too. Plus, I prefer wired over wireless anyways (lower latency), so it isn't a negative for me that it is unable to work via Bluetooth!

Thank you all for reading! Until next time :)!!!


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