I Played Gears of War 4 With a PS4 Controller And It Was Awesome

Now THIS is how Gears of War was meant to be played.


Gears of War 4 will soon be available for the public to play this weekend, that is, as long as you picked up its Ultimate Edition. I was given access to the game early last week on the Xbox One, but just recently, Microsoft made it available for reviewers to check out on PC. As soon as I was alerted to its availability, I queued it up to install on my PC and grabbed my DualShock 4 to see what it would feel like to play such a well-known Xbox exclusive as Gears of War with it.

After a few hours of playing Gears of War 4 with the DualShock 4, I can report that it’s as awesome an experience as I originally anticipated as its layout, form factor, and weight feel like the perfect combination to play the game on.

Sleeping With The Enemy

Yes -- I’m aware Gears of War purists feel like they need to play any iteration of the game on an Xbox controller. I still feel that way in respect to playing any Super Smash Bros. game with the GameCube controller. But for this generation, I’ve leaned more towards using the DualShock 4 than the Xbox One controller for the majority of my gaming needs.

Playing with the DualShock 4 means that I often needed to use muscle memory in order to recall what button prompts translate to which button. For example: I’m often presented with an “A” button prompt when I’m down and need assistance. Obviously, the DualShock 4 doesn’t have that button, but instead would require me to push the “X” button since that’s it’s equivalent.

Luckily, I’ve been mentally translating Xbox button prompts for use with the DualShock 4 for quite some time as the majority of PC games that offer controller support often favor those prompts. So the transition wasn’t necessarily a difficult one for me, but newcomers may need to get some practice in before attempting to play such a twitch-reliant game as Gears of War 4.

It’s So Wrong But Feels So Right

After spending a few hours playing the PC version of Gears of War 4 with the DualShock 4, I’m still torn about using it considering how much I’ve loved the series. I personally feel the layout, form factor, and weight are perfect to play Gears of War 4. The triggers on the DualShock 4 are much closer to the body than the Xbox One, the aiming is a bit more accurate when using the right stick, and I feel like my character is more agile thanks to its lightweight body. The right bumper is also really good for active reloading as I didn’t have to push the button with much effort to land on each gun’s sweet spot.

At the end of the day, if you’re plan on playing Gears of War 4 on PC, I’m sure you’re going to be choosing to play with your keyboard and mouse. But if you’re like me and enjoy using the DualShock 4 over the Xbox One controller, know that playing Gears of War 4 is possible and it’s fantastic.

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    October 6, 2016 6:00 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, I Played Gears of War 4 With a PS4 Controller And It Was Awesome

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      October 6, 2016 6:04 AM


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      October 6, 2016 6:09 AM

      I have a friend coming over who I've not seen for months tomorrow evening to play Gears 4 on the PC as split screen coop. It's so awesome that they decided to support it on PC as well!

      He's busy with a family life and all, but he gets a free night when new Gears games come out, because we've played through every one of them as coop and he's managed to sell it to his family as an important tradition, heh. And that is really is, at least to me.

      I don't think I'd much enjoy the games as SP, but man, as coop on the couch, it's just so much fun. Find the right difficulty and it's this constant battle for survival and rotation of me saving his ass, or vice versa. And it's always awesome seeing a busy childhood friend. Good times ahead.

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      October 6, 2016 6:11 AM


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        October 6, 2016 6:17 AM

        It was as awesome as using its small speaker to hear something dumb in a game.

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      October 6, 2016 7:09 AM

      No it wasn't. EOT.

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      October 6, 2016 11:05 AM

      I played Gears of War on a Mac, while upside down. You wouldn't believe what happened next.

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      October 7, 2016 2:14 AM

      hey can you help me? i'm trying to do exactly this but gears of war 4 keeps pretending i dont have a controller. i was able to play forza horizon 3 ultimate edition just fine with a ps4 controller but it just isnt working for gears 4

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        October 7, 2016 1:59 PM

        Try using DS4Windows, it makes your PC think your DS4 is an Xbox controller (IE it's detected as an xinput device instead of dinput).

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      October 7, 2016 1:58 PM

      I don't think you are really translating buttons in this case, you are just thinking Y is the one on the top and you hit the top face button. It's not like you actually look down at what is written on the buttons each time after all.

      That said I have recently been playing some games on PC with friends who don't know any of the button configurations. Since I use DS4s with DS4Windows almost all games display the button prompts with Xbox style face buttons. I actually bought some DS4 buttons with XBox style tops to make things less confusing for them. Unfortunately the ones I got (From morbidstix) are not the best quality with the buttons being kind of lopsided in some cases like they melted the plastic pieces together in a rather shoddy manner. If anyone knows of a good quality alternative for DS4 buttons with Xbox labels i'd love to hear about it.

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