Valve has extended its support for the PlayStation 4’s DualShock controller in Steam. Users can now customize the controller as deeply as they can Valve’s own Steam Controllers, allowing them to map custom functions to the DualShock’s touchpad and gyroscope, as well as reconfigure the traditional buttons and joysticks. All this will be handled through Steam’s native API.
This will be welcome news for gamers, especially those who are already using the PS4 controller on their PC, but are currently relying on third-party software to get the two talking. Support for the DualShock 4 on Steam has been in beta for a while, but with the software’s latest patch it’s now available to everyone.
Valve’s Jeff Bellinghausen announced support for the controller at Steam Dev Days earlier this year. “Now, why start with the PS4 controller?” he said. “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.” He added that “similar support” for other controllers would be coming some time in the future.