Steam client beta finally adds native support for the Playstation 4 DualShock 4 controller

Last month, we informed you about Valve’s plans to add native support on Steam for the Playstation 4 DualShock 4 controller. And today, Valve released a beta client for Steam that does exactly that. Yeap, PC gamers can now use the Playstation 4 DualShock 4 controller on Steam.

According to the release notes, this new beta client for Steam adds Steam Configurator support for PS4 DualShock 4 controller. When enabled, PS4 controllers will have access to the same sort of customization/configuration support as Steam Controllers, including native API support.

Players can enable this feature in Big Picture settings (Add/Test Controller settings). Do note that this feature is still in beta phase.

Using this system, the PS4 DualShock 4 controllers can map the trackpad, gyro, buttons, etc. to keyboard, mouse, or x-input outputs and can make use of action sets, touch menus, radial menus, and so forth.

In addition, this new beta comes with default PS4 templates, adds higher bandwidth options for 4K streaming and improves the error when trying to run a 64-bit game on a 32-bit OS.

In order to opt in to Steam’s beta client, you’ll have to follow this guide:

  • Check the client beta participation box on the Settings page to opt-in to the latest beta.
  • Once you’ve checked the box you can select the “check for updates” button to begin downloading the latest Steam client beta if available.

Here is the complete changelog for the new beta build of Steam:

General

  • Updated web control to CEF v54.0.2840. This version requires Windows 7 or macOS 10.9 and above, users on older OS versions will continue running the existing version.
  • Fixed third-party mods showing up as the incorrect game name in friends lists
  • Improved the error message shown when trying to run a 64-bit game on a 32-bit OS
  • Improved download and patching speeds when games are installed to a traditional non-SSD hard drive

Controller

  • Added Steam Configurator support for PS4 Dual Shock Controller. Note that this is a beta release. Enable in Big Picture settings Add/Test Controller settings. When enabled, PS4 controllers will have access to the same sort of customization/configuration support as Steam Controllers, including native API support.
  • PS4 Controllers using this system can map the trackpad, gyro, buttons, etc. to keyboard, mouse, or x-input outputs and can make use of action sets, touch menus, radial menus, and so forth.
  • Added New Mode – Joystick Mouse. This is a joystick based mouse control useful for stick based controllers.
  • Added default PS4 templates.
  • Added software calibration for non-Steam controller based IMUs to counter for gyro drift.
  • Configuration Browser can now be toggled to show all available controller types rather than the default of the in-use controller type.
  • Configurations can now be marked as “Unique” to a specific controller. This configuration will only be applied to that controller for that user’s account. By default, all controllers of a specific type will share a configuration unless marked as Unique.
  • Big Picture now supports PS4 controller glyphs when using Steam Configurator support.

Streaming

  • Automatically restart Steam if it crashes while streaming a game
  • Added higher bandwidth options for 4K streaming

macOS

  • Fixed a bug that caused the client to freeze when generating internal error reports

Linux

  • Fixed issues when installing games into filesystems such as ZFS which report an abnormally large sector size

John Papadopoulos

John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards." Contact: Email