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The PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller is arguably one of the best gaming controllers on the market. However, if you wanted to use it to play games on Steam, you needed to run a third party program in order to do so. Those days will soon come to an end as Valve is going to be adding full DualShock 4 configurability to Steam in an upcoming update.
At Steam Dev Days, Valve’s Jeff Bellinghausen and Level Up Labs’ Lars Doucet revealed that Valve will be releasing a Steam update “that adds full configurability to controllers other than the Steam controller.” The first controller to get full configurability will be the DualShock 4. The controller can be used through Steam’s API which is “exactly the same as a Steam Controller,” according to them. “You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything.” Steam communicates directly with the DualShock 4, which means everything should work as intended.
As PlayStation 4 owners already know, the DualShock 4 is more than just a standard controller thanks to its built-in gyro and touchpad. The Steam controller shares similar features which will make it easier for Steam to have these features work on games that support them.
This is certainly great news for folks who prefer the DualShock 4 over the Xbox One controller. There’s no hassle when using Microsoft’s controller on Steam, but some just prefer the feel and symmetry of the DualShock 4. However, Xbox controller enthusiasts shouldn’t feel left out of the party as a future update will add configurablity to the Elite Xbox controller. That controller has, even more, unique features than the DualShock 4 so it will be interesting to see how Steam can handle it.
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