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Testing reveals just what the PS4's DualShock 4 can and can't control

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on 1 November 2013

Polygon has today published the results of tests regarding what the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller can and can't control, and the results are surprising.

Polygon tested the controller's ability to link up with a variety of systems and then published the results, which were as follows.

"We tested the DualShock 4 on an Android tablet, an iPhone, a PC, Mac, Ouya, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U and Xbox 360.

The PC synced up with Bluetooth as a generic wireless controller and worked like a charm in Steam's Big Picture mode. The Ouya, Mac and PlayStation 3 all worked using a micro USB cable, though the PlayStation 3's game support was oddly mixed and motion wasn't supported. The Android tablet synced using Bluetooth, but we couldn't get anything to work with the controller. The Vita saw the controller but refused to sync-up with it. Neither the Wii U nor the Xbox 360 wanted anything to do with the controller. (One person did get the 360 working with the controller with some after-market tech.) "

Polygon added: "All of the tests we conducted made use of standard systems and software. In other words, I didn't try any modding, hacking or even any button mapping software outside of what is built into Steam's Big Picture mode."

So even before the PlayStation 4 is launched, the DualShock 4 controller is proving to be a versatile addition to any gamer's arsenal, and this is before any official patches are released to increase the range of what it can do.

If you are interested in learning more about the DualShock 4, why not ask our Editor-in-chief, Kyle Prahl, a question here.

What do you think of the DualShock 4? Have you tried any of Polygon's tests yourself, and if so, what were the results? Let us know in the comments.