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Weirdness: Be Careful When Playing Dark Souls II with a DualShock 4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Prepare to lose a lot of money

There’s no doubt that the DualShock 4 is an infinitely superior controller to its PlayStation 3 counterpart, providing tighter sticks, vastly improved triggers, and a much more ergonomic shape. As such, it’s not overly surprising that gallant gamers would want to use the overhauled device with From Software’s challenging action adventure Dark Souls II. However, if you happen to prefer the fresh peripheral, you may want to ensure that your PlayStation 4 is properly powered down before using it with the aforesaid title – or any game for that matter.

Indeed, while the sequel to Bandai Namco’s borderline impossible role-playing smash works perfectly with Sony’s new input device, if the peripheral is also synced to your super machine, then there may be trouble more maddening than an unbeatable boss lurking ahead. One member on the Rllmuk forums noticed that after a particularly challenging session with the recently released game, their DualShock 4 controller had also been busy buying goods on their next-gen console.

“Playing Dark Souls II on the PS3 with my PS4 controller, I leave my PS4 on as it is downloading updates,” the user explained. “Turns out that the controller can control both [platforms] at the same time. So my inputs on Dark Souls II buy me FIFA 14 on the PS4 (a game that I already own) and a British Cop skin pack (I don't even know what this is). I got an email on my tablet telling me so.”

Naturally, as this comes down to user error, Sony is not offering a refund at this time. You should use this story as a lesson moving forwards, though: if you’re going to use your PS4 controller on the PS3, make sure that your next-gen console is completely unplugged first. Additionally, it’d probably be wise to turn on password authentication on the PlayStation Store, further preventing any potential purchase mishaps in the future.


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User Comments (14)



ReigningSemtex said:

Helps to know. I haven't used my ps4 controller on ps3 yet but I never have them both plugged in so I should be safe lol



RawShark said:

Wait wait wait... You can use a Dual Shock 4 on the PS3? For realsies? When did this happen?



XavandSo said:

I suppose I'm one of the very few who prefer the DualShock 3 over not only the DS4, but the 360/One controllers. I like the slipperiness of the sticks and the "awkwardness" of the triggers. I don't know why, but I do.
OT: I feel bad for the guy, I hope he gets a refund, but it is ultimately user-error... Not that I agree it was.



InsertNameHere said:

It doesn't sound like Sony is at fault here, but I still think they should give the guy a refund.



charlesnarles said:

Intent is the issue, and he intended to play a PS3 game, not buy anything. Too funny, tho, I totally forgot that ds4s work sometimes on ps3. Thanks!



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Whenever my ds4 powers up the ps4 my TV always switches over to the ps4 output. I can see the problem though if the ps4 is not hooked up this way. I tend to use the ds3 for my ps3 anyway to avoid any such problems like my TV switching over mid game. I've never really tried out the ds4 fully with the ps3 put when I've used it it only works when connected via USB.



AD-80 said:

The bottom line is the guy bought stuff on accident. Sony should be able to verify whether the title's were successfully unistalled (if they were even installed at all) and give credit afterwards. The fact that Sony didn't makes me feel either...A) The story has more details we're not hearing or B) Sony [or just the specific rep the person spoke with] is not as good of a company I had originally thought they were.



Midzark said:

Sony give the guy a refund he didn't mean it! But then this could be only half the story so who knows hey?!.......

Ps anyone know if GTA V will work on ps3 with ds4? If so I might buy cheap ps3 and GTA V haha




Sony shouldn't refund the guy. Not their fault.

If you're using the same DS4 you use for your PS4 on your PS3, while the PS4 is on(!), then you're a fool for not testing anything.



Sutorcen said:

And we need an article to find out about that? I don't even know where to begin with this story... Epic fail

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