Think of a controller some players use to play games on PC and most will say the Xbox 360 controller in terms of supported peripherals that are currently compatible with clients like Steam. PS4’s DualShock 4 controller, while also compatible, isn’t as widely used as Microsoft’s device despite its variety of inputs and sleeker design. However, it looks like Valve is prepping a major boost in support for Sony’s device in its upcoming Steam update.
Speaking at the Steam Dev Days event, co-founder of game developer Level Up Labs, Lars Doucet, explains that because the DualShock 4 controller shares much of the same API as Valve’s own peripheral, the Steam Controller, you can “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. 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.”
Following the update, players will be able to remap functionality for the controller’s touchpad as well as its gyroscopic sensor alongside traditional buttons. Valve also has plans to increase its support of additional controls in the near future, though so far they haven’t announced what those devices will be.