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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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Hori 23 Nov, 2020
I'm still waiting for the PS5 to launch in my country... theoretically it did on the 19th, but damn those shortages...

Last edited by Hori on 23 November 2020 at 9:26 am UTC
nattydread 23 Nov, 2020
I was lucky and managed to get a PS5 on the launch day in the UK.
The dual sense controller is definitely the best one I've ever used.
The directional vibration is amazing.
WayneJetSki 24 Nov, 2020
Great to see work is being done to add the DualSense controller as a Steam input.
Is Sony helping at all with this effort?
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