If you’ve got a PS4 lying around, chances are you’ve got a few controllers to go with it. And if you also happen to have a gaming PC, then you’ll know the occasional frustration that sometimes comes with support for Sony’s gamepad — at least compared to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, which work perfectly.
But no more. At the Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle, Valve announced that they were adding native support for Sony’s controller — with added functionality to boot.
Daniel Ahmad, an analyst at Niko Partners, tweeted out photos earlier this morning of the DualShock 4 more or less being completely customisable:
Given that just about everything you’d want to play with a DS4 on PC runs through Steam anyway, it’s a fantastic move on Valve’s part. And funnily enough, it really wasn’t that hard.
According to Valve’s Jeff Bellinghausen, the PS4 controller has a lot of physical overlap with the Steam controller. “When you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it’s exactly the same as a Steam Controller,” he wrote. “You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything.”
The company was also motivated by the fact that “existing native support for the PS4 controller on the PC is a bit weak”. Communicating with the controller directly makes things a lot easier, and a lot more reliable than relying on homebrew third party drivers.
The DS4 support will be patched into Steam later this year.