Valve has announced at its Steam Dev Days conference that it will soon add native support for Playstation 4’s DualShock 4 controller on Steam. According to Valve, the Steam Controller API will soon support other game controllers natively, and the PS4 controller will be the first one.
As Valve’s Jeff Bellinghausen said:
“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.”
Valve decided to add support for the PS4 DualShock 4 because: a) it’s a great controller with a gyro and a touchpad, and b) the existing native support for the PS4 controller on the PC is currently a bit weak.
“Now, why start with the PS4 controller? Well, 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. Also, existing native support for the PS4 controller on the PC is a bit weak; in this case Steam itself is communicating directly with the device so everything that’s nice and reliable.”
Valve did not reveal when the Playstation 4 DualShock 4 controller will be natively supported on Steam, other than it will be done soon.
Still, this is really exciting as a lot of PC gamers wanted to use their DualShock 4 controllers (and were unable to as it was not widely supported on the PC).