Valve has announced that Steam will be getting native DualShock 4 support on PC. Great news if, like me, you think the PlayStation 4 controller is the most comfortable of modern controllers.
The news was first shared by Valve’s Jeff Bellinghausen during the company’s Steam Dev Days conference (and later transcribed by Gamasutra).
The really great news is that they don’t plan on stopping with the PS4 controller – the company has plans to make a bunch of other controllers natively supported by Steam- the PS4 will simply be the first.
Bellinghausen explained that part of the reason they decided to start with Sony’s controller, is because it shares the same API as Steam’s own controller.
Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it’s exactly the same as a Steam Controller. You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything. Not only is it a really nice, high quality controller, but it’s also got a gyro and a touchpad, so it’s got a lot of overlapping functionality with the Steam Controller.
It’s not yet clear what other controllers Valve plans to support – though I suspect we can probably rule out anything made by Nintendo – although it would be great to use a GameCube controller with Steam.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.