A future update for Steam will introduce native support for Sony’s PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller, Valve announced at Steam Dev Days.
Speaking with Gamasutra at the company’s annual developer-focused conference, Jeff Bellinghausen (works on the Steam Controller team at Valve) talked about the benefits of the upcoming native support.
“Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it’s exactly the same as a Steam Controller,” he said. “You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything.”
Steam users are already able to connect Sony’s controller on their systems but in most cases they are required to run through third-party applications for better emulation. Bellinghausen called the current support for the PS4 controller as “weak”. Once native support kicks in, Steam itself will be communicating directly with the device, leaving no use for third-party applications on PC anymore. This is not only more reliable but also secure.
Bellinghausen also mentioned that DualShock 4 already has a lot of “overlapping functionality with the Steam Controller”. Hence, the new update will allow players to configure their DualShock 4 controllers just like a Steam controller.
The common traits between both controllers is also the reason Valve is pushing native DualShock 4 support first. The company plans to release support for other controllers in the future as well.
At Gamescom 2016, Sony announced a wireless USB adapter for the DualShock 4 on PC. It works similarly to how players connect the PS4 controller to PC via a wired connection. The new wireless option is much appreciated. However, not every game comes with complete support for the DualShock 4.