Steam Adds Basic Support for PlayStation 5’s DualSense Wireless Controller

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Valve has released a new Steam Client Beta that adds support for the PlayStation 5’s DualSense wireless controller, which, as Sony has frequently boasted, offers immersive technologies such as haptic feedback and dynamic adaptive triggers.

What this means is that Steam users should be able to connect the DualSense via USB and enjoy their library with the PS5 controller straight away. Unfortunately, advanced features (e.g., rumble, trackpad, gyro) are not yet supported. Those will probably have to wait until Sony provides some legitimate PC support through solutions such as a first-party USB Wireless Adaptor.

Steam Client Beta (November 12th) Changes

Steam Input

  • Added initial input support for the PS5 DualSense controller. Advanced features such as rumble, trackpad, and gyro are not yet supported.
  • Fixed the Xbox Series X controller showing up as 2 separate controllers

Library

  • Fixed some game manuals opening inside of the Steam client instead of in the user’s browser.
  • Fixed shelf dropdown rendering from displaying without a background.

Linux

  • Fix blank UI windows appearing at startup on some systems (steam-for-linux#7450)

As indicated above, the Steam client already supports Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X controller, which isn’t too surprising based on its predecessors’ extensive PC support. There’s also the fact that it’s more of an evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade.

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