Responding to a Twitter question, Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the cross-compatibility.
From his personal Twitter account, Yoshida wrote: "The analog sticks and buttons will work just fine."
When the original poster followed up by asking whether the compatibility would be built in by default, Yoshida responded: "For basic functions, yes."
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Full-on gaming tool
The second answer will prompt speculation that Sony will enable PC users to utilise the next-gen DualShock 4 controller as a full-on gaming tool.
Yoshida said folks would need to wait for a "post-launch field report" to find out whether Windows would automatically recognise the DualShock 4 as a controller. The DualShock 3 does not.
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