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Steam improves support for PS5 DualSense controllers

The PlayStation 5 landed in the UK (and the week before) last week, bringing a new glossy DualSense controller. Steam also quickly implemented initial support. Over the weekend, Valve has improved its support. This means you’ll be able to use DualSense’s gorgeous LEDs, trackpads, rumble and gyro features in your Steam games.

Full support for all of this is available on the public beta Steam desktop client and will be properly deployed to Steam after further testing. Examples of games that fully support the controller include Death Stranding, No Man’s Sky, and Horizon: Zero Dawn, but all games that use the Steam Input API are fully compatible with the controller and are fully compatible with the controller. “No developer updates are needed,” they say. .. “It works.”

But I tested it all myself a bit. Steam recognizes DualSense in Big Picture mode, but the latency seemed to be very bad (I tried using both BlueTooth and a wired connection). I think part of the problem, at least on my part, was a bug in Steam as Windows tried to recognize the controller as an audio device (the still useful Windows). This was a problem that previously occurred on PS4 controllers and was only fixed by Windows Update at the time. Of course, the results can be different and are still in beta, so take this as a small warning that your PS5 controller may not yet be fully functional.

Nothing is said about whether Steam can take advantage of DualSense’s great tactile sensation. The controller trigger has adaptive feedback when playing a particular PS5 game, which is actually great. The most obvious example is that you can feel tension when pulling back the strings, or resistance when trying to crush something. I don’t know how it works on my PC, but I hope it works. That’s what I initially thought was a bit of a gimmick, but it’s really very cool.

Valve also publishes statistics on the number of people actually using the controller on their PC. Over the last two years, the number of players who use controllers daily on Steam has doubled, with PlayStation controllers accounting for 21.6% of all “controller sessions,” they say.

The way they talk about it makes it seem like many people didn’t know that others liked connecting controllers to their PCs. Is this a thing? I always enjoy using the PS4 controller for more relaxed games like Stardew Valley and Sea Of Thieves. Sure, I wouldn’t use it for shooters like Rainbow Six Siege that require precise aiming, but it’s very useful to have an option that doesn’t always lean on the keyboard.

Both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are currently on the market, they are pretty decent technology and include a controller. Our hardware queen, Catherine, tried to build her own Xbox Series X PC last week, but it was very expensive to build.

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Steam has improved support for the PS5 DualSense controller

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