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Valve expand Steam Input to support more of the PS5 DualSense Controller

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Valve sent over a press announcement to highlight that the Steam Input API has expanded its support of the brand new PS5 DualSense Controller.

This has been ongoing work since earlier in November, with multiple Steam Client Beta updates expanding the Steam Input API. Starting off initially with just supporting basic input. However, across other Beta updates on November 18 / 19 and 20 they've now added in support for: 

  • LED
  • Trackpad
  • Rumble + Rumble over Bluetooth
  • Gyro functionality
  • Allowing external audio based haptics while rumble is enabled

With all this hooked up, Valve say that now all games that support the Steam Input API "are now fully compatible with the new PS5 controller - with no developer updates required, it just works".

You still need to be opted into the Steam Beta Client, with full support rolling out for the PS5 DualSense Controller into the stable client after further testing has been done.

As for how it works on Linux, you're going to need some updated udev rules to work fully. Valve contractor Timothee Besset mentioned on Twitter they've put out an update to the Steam Installer, and you can also find the full udev rules on Valve's steam-devices GitHub.

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TheRiddick 21 Nov
wonder if the trigger resistance will work.
KROM 21 Nov
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I'm still having a hard time with bluetooth controllers, as they always lose connection after a few minutes. Anyone knows a special trick to make it work?
damarrin 21 Nov
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Can't say, I use Dualshock 4s over bluetooth all the time and I don't have any problems.
whizse 21 Nov
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Bad Bluetooth receiver?
denyasis 21 Nov
I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but that is one ugly looking controller.

One the plus side, I'm glad it is getting support. The more controllers, the better!
sub 21 Nov
Btw, any recent rumours about a Steam Controller 2?
M@GOid 21 Nov
Quoting: KROMI'm still having a hard time with bluetooth controllers, as they always lose connection after a few minutes. Anyone knows a special trick to make it work?

What is your setup? USB Bluetooth dongle, WiFi/BT card combo? And what controllers do you have problems with?

Here my Intel wifi card doesn't work well with BT devices on my desktop, despite a external antenna outside and above the case. WiFi connection works fine tough.

My Dualshock 4 works fine with a generic USB BT dongle, but this is on a USB hub within line of sight to the controller, since BT is a weak signal and needs the devices to be nearby and unobstructed. Also, BT dongles cannot work well when plugged to a metallic chassis or hub.

My XBone Controller on the other hand, had never worked well in any BT connection that I have and after a update on the BT Linux stack, got completely unusable wirelessly. There was a huge Bluetooth vulnerability a month ago, so the fix screwed this controller for me.
M@GOid 21 Nov
Quoting: denyasisI'm sure I'm in the minority here, but that is one ugly looking controller.

You and me brother. But don't dismiss it by the looks alone, first reviews are very positive towards it.
Liam Dawe 21 Nov
Quoting: subBtw, any recent rumours about a Steam Controller 2?
Nothing credible I've seen, sadly.
sub 21 Nov
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: subBtw, any recent rumours about a Steam Controller 2?
Nothing credible I've seen, sadly.

:(

Really happy with mine.
Was hoping they'll come up with a new version after stopping production.
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