Steam launches DualShock 4 support in latest beta client

Native DualShock 4 support has come to Steam, although be aware this feature is still in beta.


Those looking to use a DualShock 4 controller in Steam will finally receive some relief as the latest beta client has officially launched its support for the controller.

The latest beta client for Steam requires users to toggle the feature, which can be done in the settings menu in Big Picture and then activate it within the “Add/Test Controller” settings. When activated, DualShock 4 controllers will have access to the similar customization / configuration options as Valve’s Steam Controllers, including native API support.

We were able to give this update a quick try, and while it’s great to see the familiar PlayStation icons displayed in Steam’s Big Picture, it certainly needs some work. One thing we noticed was the trackpad wasn’t being recognized, so we were unable to use it to navigate through Big Picture as well as in games that require a mouse input.

Since this feature is still in beta, you could give it a try if you like. But if you ask us, we’ll be keeping our InputMapper activated while Valve works out all of the kinks of native DualShock 4 support.

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    November 1, 2016 6:57 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Steam launches DualShock 4 support in latest beta client

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      November 1, 2016 8:14 AM

      Love these controllers, wish the battery wasn't awful

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        November 1, 2016 8:21 AM

        People keep mentioning this, and I guess, relatively, the batteries may be awful, but I haven't had a controller die on me mid game yet.

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          November 1, 2016 8:24 AM

          I have, but those were times when I ignored the low battery warnings.

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            November 1, 2016 12:15 PM

            IMO, the problem is less the battery life and more the fact that the battery is built-in combined with the PS4 not charging the controller while in rest mode. It will be less of a problem when using it on PC, but it's a real pain when your PS4 is 8' away from where you're sitting and playing.

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              November 1, 2016 12:28 PM

              My ps4 charges controllers while in rest mode

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                November 1, 2016 12:43 PM

                Mine's all "Fuck you, I ain't charging shit". I can have a nearly dead controller, plug it in, put the system into rest mode, and come back the next day to a still nearly dead controller.

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              November 1, 2016 12:29 PM

              I have a crappy charger that uses a wall adapter and the base is hidden away behind the tv.

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        November 1, 2016 8:22 AM

        I can't say mine has been awful when using it on PC. I do tend to only have the light on as a battery indicator when it's low.

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        November 1, 2016 8:46 AM

        The new third gen dual shock 4s with the thin light at strip on the touchpad have way way better battery life.

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          November 1, 2016 8:47 AM

          Interesting thanks

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          November 1, 2016 8:48 AM

          Are those out?

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            November 1, 2016 11:17 AM

            Yes. They come with the slim and pro but if you buy the official jet black model from amazon it's the new in box 3rd gen as well.

            They feel way better built and battery life seems to be at least double

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              November 1, 2016 12:06 PM

              Cool, I didn't know that they'd improved anything. I'm not even that concerned about the battery life, never had any issues with my gaming patterns.

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                November 1, 2016 7:31 PM

                Yeah they go like this:

                1st gen: default launch controllers
                2nd gen: fixed joystick wear and made triggers sturdier
                3rd gen: added light strip to touch pad and increased battery life.

                They also made the shell a bit more grippy but I don't know if that happened in gen 2 or 3.

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      November 1, 2016 8:18 AM

      I assume this means ds4win should be disabled, otherwise Steam will just see this as a typical xinput controller?

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      November 1, 2016 8:40 AM

      So the game needs to support the Steam controller?

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        November 1, 2016 9:16 AM

        All games support the Steam Controller. Steam receives the inputs and passes them on to the game as xinput or keyboard/mouse inputs. Presumably this will allow them to pass them as directinput as well, but I don't know.

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      November 1, 2016 8:49 AM

      How does it connect? Bluetooth?

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      November 1, 2016 9:33 AM

      That's awesome.

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      November 1, 2016 9:37 AM

      Does this include using it with a USB cable (which I normally do since my desktop tower is a few inches from my knee and has usb ports on the front...I'm a weird use case since I sit a foot away from my monitor most of the time (I also have a CRT @ I'm probably the definition of edge case...hell I use SNES, NES, Super Famicom, Genesis, and other controllers for my emulators and my HOTAS is a hodgepodge of different parts (a Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2, a Thrustmaster Warthog throttle, and a pair of Saitek rudder pedals that tbh are suboptimal and I'll probably replace at some point).).

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      November 1, 2016 12:12 PM

      Can anyone link a known-good bluetooth adapter for PC that will work properly with Steam and the DS4?

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