PlayStation DualShock 4 Support: New Update Release

First Posted: Oct 15, 2016 06:27 AM EDT

At the Valve's conference, Steam Dev Days, Valve engineer Jeff Bellinghausen confirmed that an update that adds DualShock 4 to Steam Controller configurability options will be released. This means that players will have multiple options in using their Sony PlayStation 4 to play their favorite games. And the good one option is, players will soon be playing through Steam with the use of the Playstation 4's touchpad and gyro features, reported Game Spot.

DualShock is a line of gamepads developed by Sony that provides vibration feedback for PlayStation consoles and devices. It was first released in Japan in 1997 and hit the US market in May 1998. The DualShock 4 serves as the PlayStation 4's controller. Its new feature includes a clickable built-in two-point capacitive touch pad. It supports motion detection via the gyroscope, accelerometer, and vibration. It has a non-removable 3.7 V lithium-ion battery which can be recharged.

According to TechU4riaLars Doucet, Defender's Quest developer, and co-host to the Steam Dev Days, PS4 controller has overlapping functionalities with the Steam Controller, specifically with its gyro and touchpad. 

"Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it's exactly the same as a Steam Controller," Doucet said. "You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything."

With the new solution from Steam, communicating directly with the controller, the support for the DualShock4 is much reliable. Steam Controllers has multiple customization options. Players create configurations which can be downloaded from Steam. This is a great news for PC gamers who are already using a PS4 controller on PC but need third-party applications like Joy2Key and DS4Windows.

Doucet said that DualShock 4 support will be the first to release due to the functionality overlap. Other controllers will have to wait for now for their Steam configuration options.

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